Mid August bitter melon was our first, They were late this year
BUT there will be next week, the first Friday of September.
You know I can't get on here without writing something else so how is your garden going? Some of mine are starting to wind down, like my yellow squash which have had a stellar year. I'll wait to analyze why some other time, since I really am not sure. ;-)
I know I mentioned my bathtub gardens and I think I mentioned that our biggest dog (100+) started jumping up in there to dig out the soft soil and then lay down. What I can't remember is if I told you I started putting things in there the discourage her.
It turned into a pet food can mulch which looked like **** but accomplished it. She stopped. I had lost most of my garlic and some flowers but had been able to save a tomato and a few other flowers along with a purple secretia I had put outside for the summer.
We had a niece visit and Debbi wanted it to look a little nicer so I removed the cans during her visit. Before I could get them back in, PITA took another dirt bath and wiped out everything but the secretia.
You can image I was so happy she had weeded my bathtub! So happy! Some cans are back in there, but it is probably time to replant the secretia in a pot for winter or take cuttings. Yes, I am giving up. (for now)
When I replace the soil, I am going to get some adult diapers (unused thank you) and line the bottom of the tub. It dries out way too fast and NO rain has ever threatened to "over-water" the plants.
This will not only slow the exit of water from the drain, but other gardeners in our club swear that the diapers do a great job in hold moisture for the plants later. They also seem to be a lot cheaper than buying a soil additive that does the same.