Pruning is a big part of gardening this time of year. I've been busy pruning our grapes as well as finger smashing all the little pests that tend to heavily munch on the leaves and budding fruit. I've noticed caterpillars are big this year as well as katydids! Oh, yes...the katydids are back! (See my post on katydid outbreak in Central Texas posted in June 2010- they are aggressive eaters and can take down a garden in no time flat). Needless to say, we've all been keeping a careful eye on pests and taking the time each day to "thin" them out with our fingers and shoes! I detest pesticides...so this is a must at our house. I'm also busy pruning our hedges and roses. Lots of rain this year has stimulated significant growth in our garden.
Today, I planted zucchini, carrots, pattypan squash, and sugar pie pumpkin. Earlier this month I planted cabbage and heirloom tomatoes. I'm already seeing many tomatoes setting fruit. Heirlooms I planted include vintage wine, brown berry, black cherry, black plum and juliette. These are all very prolific and tasty!
It certainly is a productive time of year in the Texas Hill Country!
We are having lots of fun keeping our fingers dirty and eyes open for critters - it's going to be a healthy year for critters. I'll leave you with this Meyer Lemon baby found today on our tree. It will be Novemberish before we can enjoy this sweet and juicy fruit...but, isn't it beautiful?