While clearing out some of the summer veggie beds to make room for the fall planting, I cleared out some of the zinnia plants that were taking over the beds, or that had seen better days. I saved the nicest blooms for a nice bouquet for the kitchen. Zinnias add so much color to the veggie beds, attract pollinators, and make great cut flowers. I love these flowers so much, and so do the hummingbirds, who I see flitting around the flowers multiple times a day.
I want to be better about collecting my own seeds for future use and to share with friends, so while I was clearing the beds this weekend, I also gathered some seeds. There were a few dried green bean pods of Bush Blue Lake 274 that I collected. There weren't many, so I'll have to make sure to leave more pods on the plants for seed collecting next time around. The marigolds are dropping their seed pods like crazy right now too, so I collected more than enough for myself and for my friends for next year.
Harvest Totals (since April)