Late autumn remnants of summer

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Monday 01 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Summer has definitely gone, and autumn is well and truly here, even bordering on winter (brrr…) 

Like many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, we have had a cold snap blast across the country. Whilst that has meant sub-zero temperatures (err, that’s 32F or colder in old money) and snow for much of the Anatolian Plateau, here in the Taurus Mountains of the coastal southwest of Turkey, we’ve even had to put the heating on in the evenings – what’s that all about ??!!

Our seven month long ‘spring-summer-autumn’ season is pretty much the same; just with variations between warm and sunny, hot and sunny, a furnace, and then the reverse cycle. Now that has all finished; we have wind, clouds and rain perhaps once every 10 days, although most weeks still pretty sunny, but with cooler air – an altogether different place, but loving the change 🙂

The garden, orchards and paddocks all move with the times of course, but only in the past few days have I accepted that it was time to ‘change over’ the veggie areas to winter crops. These shots were taken over the past 2-3 weeks, and show how late some of the summer crops can linger on for – quite remarkable really ! 

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Bamya, Okra, Ladies Fingers

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Another crop of biber/peppers/capsicum harvested

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Last of the patlican/auberbines/eggplants

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Most strange of all, cherry tomatoes in late November (planted out in April)

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Next it’s time to rip it all out and start over for ‘winter’. It’s tempting to keep the plants going a while longer, especially as some are still flowering, but to be honest, as the daytime temperatures finally drop to below 20 (68F), and nights down to perhaps 8 (46F), I know we’ll only get a tiny bucket of produce from now on. Best all round to accept the seasonal change and get to work on the next lot…

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5 thoughts on “Late autumn remnants of summer

  1. dayphoto says:

    Year-round gardening/farming…lucky you! I think places in Arizona, California, the deep south enjoy the same gift here in the States.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/?s=The+Adventures+of+Fuzzy+and+Boomer&submit=Search
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  2. I could do with some of those tomatoes for my chutney!

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  3. AnnetteM says:

    Will those green tomatoes ripen or will you use them green?

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