The okra is finally producing now that the true southern summer is here. The peppers are also getting to the right amount of spiciness now that the days are in the upper 90′s and the nights cool down to the upper 90′s. I am harvesting about 8 pinky length pods a day and more hot peppers than I can shake a stick at. Always pickle okra that is small and tender for the best results.
I picked the first batch of butternut squash as well, although they would have been fine on the vine until it gets colder. The squash were a fantastic success and it looks like I will have at least 8 more full sized gourds by the end of September. Next year I plan to plant the butternut in early April with the spinach and arugula.
Crazy as it sounds, it is almost time to plant the fall garden and prep for the winter one.
We still have tomatoes on the vine, I can not believe how mild this summer has been.
The basil is so out of control I am going to have to make a third batch of pesto this year.