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Yesterday in the gardens

October 15, 2010

Our weather has been glorious this past week.  It’s raining as I type this, but yesterday was a beauty.  A great day for a garden tour.  As of now this is the state of the vegetable gardens.  Full of weeds and too wet to weed, but definitely full of good eats too.  We’re in the transition time, a few hold overs from the summer garden, some vegetables still putting on some size and others just waiting for harvest.

Joan rutabaga.

A good example of the seasonal transition.  Kale on the far left for winter, bolting broccoli for bee food on sunny days, chicken food on rainy days.  Hardy celeriac, romanesco, brussels sprouts and celeriac round out the rows.

Brilliant celeriac.

Flashback calendula.

The last heads of summer cabbage.

Young fall and winter cabbage.

Cocozelle zucchini, the workhorse in my garden.  Other varieties have quit producing and succumbed to powdery mildew, these fellows are still healthy and producing tender summer squash.

Redbor kale.

5 color Silverbeet.

Veronica F1.

Harris Model parsnips and Red Core Chantenay carrots., and the vole patrol.

With late planting dates and a cool summer, the roots are late sizing up.  These carrots should be larger, and the parsnips are not much bigger.  We are still feeling the missed month around the solstice.  A month of long days early in the growing season is so much more important than a month of shorter days at the end.

Sweet Meat winter squash and Styrian Naked Seed pumpkins.  It looks like we will be getting a decent winter squash harvest after all.  Too early to compare to past harvests until we pull them and do a weigh-in, but they look great, and the weather is cooperating by not freezing.  The longer they can stay on the vine, the better.

And, for a fruit fix, a box of D’Anjou pears.  I do like these pears.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2010 5:50 am

    Such gorgeous greens.

  2. October 15, 2010 5:57 am

    Such a HUGE harvest…. I can’t imagine what you would have gotten off your garden in a good season! I wouldn’t know what to do with half the veggies you grow…my goodness such a variety. Love your vole patrol! I hope you get a sunny weekend to enjoy and finish your weeding etc….Maura 🙂

    • October 15, 2010 6:35 am

      Maura, it looks like a lot initially, but the roots have to last until next spring, and be shared with Jane, so really it is pretty easy to use them up by that time. And of course there is always rodent damage, freezing etc to worry about too.

  3. susan permalink
    October 15, 2010 6:41 am

    That is a beautiful rutabaga! Everything looks lush and green – of course there is still the harvest, prep for winter, etc., but it looks like you’ll have some good eating this winter.

    • October 15, 2010 6:46 am

      Susan, the rutabagas are pretty right now, but need a some cold nights to mellow a bit. I’m pretty fortunate to not have much prep left, most of the roots stay in the row for the winter. Snug in their own little root cellar, our soil doesn’t really freeze too deep. It can, but doesn’t usually.

  4. October 15, 2010 6:50 am

    Your pictures are wonderful…..the one word I think of when I see them is “health”!

  5. October 15, 2010 7:00 am

    It’s so encouraging to see someone growing so much of their own, yet also somewhat disheartening when I realize how far I am from reaching that place myself. Every year I get closer, but there’s still a ways to go.

    • October 15, 2010 7:44 am

      bibioden, you have to remember I have been at this for a long while, and I have been building my soil for years, and I still have failures too – but always learn something in the process, which makes it all worth doing. You’ll get there 🙂

  6. October 15, 2010 8:25 am

    Beautiful garden and gorgeous dogs. Plenty to enjoy. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  7. Coco permalink
    October 15, 2010 10:50 am

    That kale is gorgeous! And everything else too. Your blog is an endless inspiration.

  8. Eliza J permalink
    October 15, 2010 11:16 am

    Beautiful photos and gorgeous canines……What you and your garden have produced, looks wonderful. I just harvested carrots in New England, and they were not the length they should
    be, but taste wonderful anyway. We had a very dry season, but have been blessed with much to
    put up from the garden……and yes, we too are building our soil. That is very important! Love
    following your blog and life….thanks for sharing.

  9. October 15, 2010 11:43 am

    When did you plant the rutabagas?

  10. October 15, 2010 11:51 am

    What a wonderful fall garden. Those cabbages really made nice heads. I haven’t tried them yet. My garden has been taking care of itself since I had to leave unexpectedly. Hopefully I can get back in November to put it to bed for the winder. – Margy

    • October 16, 2010 6:05 am

      Margy, thank you – hopefully your garden is just waiting patiently for you to return. Still fairly mild around here… .

  11. October 15, 2010 2:18 pm

    Your pictures says how well your garden is! I have to say that I am glad to have the season of canning and freezing winding down. Put up my last jars of tomatoe and pickled some green tomatoes also! Never did that before.

    • October 16, 2010 6:06 am

      Lisa, you had a great year in your garden! It sure is a lot of work, and a pace you can’t keep up with year round. You deserve a rest from canning!

  12. October 16, 2010 4:43 am

    looks lush and luscious! Curious abt the Styrian naked seed pumpkins. I was considering growing them next year for the seeds…. do you find that the hull less seeds are as good as they’re advertised to be?

    • October 16, 2010 6:20 am

      Hayden, yes lush is the word in fall around here. And an answer to the pumpkin seed question? They are better than they are advertised to be, and better than any I have purchased. And this year in our cold year, they excelled in the cold, damp weather, while other cucurbits languished for a while before kicking in to gear. Hopefully a post soon. And a short answer to your turkey and goose question that I haven’t got back to – pick the one you want the most, do your research and then if you find the chores doable and the birds likeable, add others the next year.

  13. October 17, 2010 2:22 pm

    Beautiful! Do you plant your carrots near solstice, too?
    We had beautiful squash last year, but this year the squash bugs found them. I had to harvest some early to save them from devastation.

  14. October 20, 2010 9:57 am

    Your garden is just lovely! I know all the work you have done to get it to look this way! You are to be congratulated!


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