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Fall Garden

October 4, 2010

The garden in the fall always looks so tired. No longer are the vibrant greens and cherry reds showcased in all their glory, instead it all looks like the plants have partied hard all summer long and are now nursing their hangovers.

Though the tomatoes are now on their way out, the corn is picked and stored away for drying, and the squash refuse to produce anymore, there’s still lots going on in the garden.

Fall peas are starting to grow! They are loving the cooler weather and lots of rain we’ve been having.

There are a few more Moon and Stars Watermelon in the garden, though some have rotted on the vine, no thanks to all the rain we got the last few weeks.

After a whole summer of only producing a couple peppers, the Marconi plants have all of a sudden taken off.  I picked 5 peppers alone last week and there’s still more to go!

All 30 of our leek plants made it to maturity! They’re not that big, most likely because we planted them so close together, but they are really good! Here, K is picking a couple to throw in our Fall veggie stirfry we’ll be making this week.

I’m not sure what kind of flowers are growing in our plot right now, but the bees are loving them! We had around 6 enjoying themselves.

We’ve harvested all our eggplants already this summer, but there are new flowers out on them again. I wonder if we’ll get anymore before frost?

We have some HUGE carrots waiting to be dug up this year.  Apparently the experts were right! If you thin your carrots, you will get much bigger ones.

The melon tried to get away from us by rolling down to the gate.  Apparently it doesn’t want to be made into fruit salad!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2010 9:29 am

    I would love to plant some leeks next year! How did your carrots do? My parent’s carrots looked great until they started to pull them out and realized that the slugs were making a meal out of them! I hope to plant some next year, but I’m thinking about using raised beds with a copper edging. I’m just not sure if it’s worth the hassle.

    • October 5, 2010 11:52 am

      This is our second year of a great carrot crop! Last year we ate them all the way through the end of Jan/Feb. We just mulched them and then dug through the snow to pull them out whenever we wanted carrots. Like a virtual root cellar. I haven’t used copper yet because we haven’t needed to. The only time we had a slug problem so far was because we slacked on weeding. Badly.

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