Garden Series: Autumnal - Update 4

Fall gardens, turkeys, pumpkin spice.

Photo Credit: Beaux and Arrows Photography, ME

The humidity near the end of this summer caused my garden to have a sudden death. In seasons past, I had squash coming out of every square inch - not so this go round. The squash, pumpkin, and gourd leaves all wilted quickly, leaving the fruits open to chicken pecking, and no further growth. We harvested 8 white pumpkins, a handful of acorn squash, and about 6 giant blue hubbards that could feed an army each.

I felt inspired to attempt to keep the growing season going just a smidge longer, so we planted a few seeds in the greenhouse, which have sprouted!

Here are some cold-hardy veggies that can be planted at the end of summer for one more round of produce:

  • spinach

  • lettuce

  • broccoli

  • cabbage

  • kale

(a lot of leafy greens)

Other produce and perennials should be planted in the fall also, including garlic, florals, and fruit bearing trees.

If you can catch them in time, some perennials "self-sow" which means that they spread on their own by seeding themselves (think day lilies, Siberian iris, etc.). These flowers produce seed pods when they are done blooming for the year. You can collect them, open them up and collect the seeds. By doing this, you have the option to spread perennials around your lot, instead of in just one area.

Photo Credit: Beaux and Arrows Photography, ME

Fall is also a good time for pruning and trimming trees and shrubs, as well as planting perennial flower bulbs, and seeding grass for spring.

It's rather lovely to pluck a wheelbarrow-full of pumpkins and line our front steps with them. If our ducks didn't eat the sprouts of our corn stalks, I'd be tying up those to the front porch as well - next year, we build a fence. Growing your own holiday décor is budget friendly, and makes me even more proud of the display when I pull into the driveway.

Photo Credit: Beaux and Arrows Photography, ME

As the garden stops producing, we begin to clear brush and remove vines, wilted leaves, and stalks to compost. We turn our focus to our flock of Thanksgiving turkeys who are growing quickly in time for the holiday season, and sit back with a warm mug of something savory as the cooler days roll in. Harvest season has arrived.

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