The fall equinox arrived a little after 9 PM Monday night -- and our weather began to improve.
The summer of 2014 was the wettest on record in Chicago and one of the coolest. The temperature broke 90 degrees all of three times this summer, as opposed to an average of 17 times and a whopping 40 times just two years ago.
Beach goers gave the season a big thumbs down, but I loved it. Lots of good working weather and a little relief from all those bills for air conditioning and watering.
Reactions also vary among my plants. The cukes are starting to lose steam already, and both the yield and the size of my tomatoes are smaller than usual. Their taste is as good as ever, however.
|One of our beans hiding in the vine.|
The Romano pole beans took a while to get going, but they have been both productive and delicious for more than a month. And our hot peppers surprised us. They have been producing faster than we can harvest them.
|Lemon Grass is flanked by a Tobasco pepper.|
We tried two new additions to the garden this year. Lemon grass is a Southeast Asian herb that is a delicious addition to soups and other hot dishes. The second was fingerling potatoes. We tried these because they are so expensive in stores. They turned our to be easy to plant, quick to harvest, and delicious!
|Fall sugar snack peas.|
The fall crop of snow and sugar snack peas we planted at the end of July have begun to produce pods now. Southern gardeners do this double-cropping all the time, but I always feel like I am getting away with something when I harvest a fall crop right before a frost in Chicago.
We can do more than harvest, though. September and October are also a great time to plant. More on that next time.
|Coral Bells awaiting fall planting.|