Fall Decorations from the Garden

One 10′ row of corn stalks was just enough to decorate our lamp post and doorway.

The unbundled pile of corn stalks seemed quite large when placed on top of our cart.

Finally, I have a late addition to the “garden flowers” segment from a few months ago: carrots!

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First Day of Fall

It’s hard to believe that the summer has passed us by so quickly! There is now a chill in the air and the calendar agrees with the weather!

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Peas

These peas are starting to flower and in about two weeks I should be picking fresh sugar snaps.

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Corn

The corn has dried our and is ready to be used for fall decorations

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Acorn Squash

These are the Burpee Cupcake Hybrid summer squash. This is actually the second planting because the first planting didn’t make it… .just like the cucumbers.

Butternut Squash

It looks like these may or may not make it. It looks like it will be a close call whether or not they mature.

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Broccoli

The broccoli is still flowering and attracting honeybees and bumblebees into the garden. That’s great because the summer squash needs them!

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Tomatoes

Still going strong but one of the lady marmande plants is starting to dry out.

Potatoes

Half of the potato containers and drying out while the other half are still green. I may have to call it and pick them soon.

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Eggplant

These fruits are smaller than the first few and I think we have had enough of these for one year. The fruits were not as big as advertised. Again, they are the Burpee Meatball Hybrid. You may also notice the two yellow squash in this picture. They are the Burpee Tivoli squash. Its a spaghetti sauce. The plants died as these were still growing. I almost threw them out but they have turned a nice golden color as one would expect of a mature spaghetti squash so we may try them.

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Personal Weather Station

We have now added a PWS to the garden! It is not yet mounted and capable of reporting wind speed and rainfall, but it is reporting temperature and humidity. We need to determine where to mount the PWS, either on the deck or a post inside the garden. If inside the garden, we will need to choose between a wooden post or a metal pole. I am thinking that either the center of the North or South side (each is 32′ long), or right in the dead center of the garden would be nice.

It is an Acurite 5 in 1, and it is reporting to the Weather Underground.

Canned Tomatoes

We started the weekend with 10 gallons of tomatoes and picked another 5 gallons before the weekend was over. The last 10 gallons were processed yesterday, and they weighed around 42 lbs. I estimate each 5 gallon bucket to weigh 20 lbs.

Tomato Sauce

We made two different types of sauce from the ball home preserving cookbook. Both of them called for tomato puree, 21 cups total. The more red sauce is pizza sauce and the more orange sauce is an Italian.

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Crushed Tomatoes

After using up all of the super sauce tomatoes, I threw all of the lady marmande tomatoes into the pot and made 4 quarts of crushed tomatoes.

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Juice

I then used the cherry tomatoes and leftover juice from the crushed tomatoes to make 6 quarts of juice.

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Dilly Beans and Sclicers!

Sliced Lady Marmande Tomato

Today we sliced open a big juicy lady marmande tomato and it was very delicious! We also picked another five gallon bucket of assorted tomatoes from the garden. I think that sauce is next on the list.

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Dilly Beans

I have only tried dilled green beans twice before, to my knowledge. The first time was at Colonial Williamsburg or George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The second time was Epcot as part of a garden/farmer/harvest Bloody Mary. We are short on freezer space, in fact the door on the upright freezer popped itself open over night and we almost had a catastrophic loss… fortunately we caught it in time. Also, I have dill but because the cucumbers didn’t make it this year I needed to find a way to use it up (when I made dilled zucchini pickles earlier this year it wasn’t yet with my home grown dill).

We picked a basketful of beans, about 3.4 lbs, and made almost eight pints of these dilled garlic green beans. Let’s hope they turn out ok! If nothing else, I can easily make a Bloody Mary with the tomato juice I canned and just throw a few dilled beans into the glass like Disney 🙂

Labor Day Weekend Update

Labor Day is here, and the summer is soon coming to an end. But, try telling that to the garden! I am still processing the 10 gallons of tomatoes picked Monday morning – I am halfway there after having made five quarts of crushed tomatoes as well as two quarts of juice yesterday, and eight quarts of juice today. Yes, the second bucket remains to be processed!

Corn

The sweet corn is beginning to dry out. It will be nice to turn the corn stalks into fall decorations for ourselves and our neighbors.

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Eggplant

The eggplant is producing well however we cannot keep up with it. I have not looked into any means of preservation for the surplus.

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Squash

The second planting of squash is growing larger but I am not sure if I will get anything out of it.

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Super Sugar Snap Peas

The fall peas are now climbing the trellis.

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Green Beans

Oops! I just realized that I was supposed to pick more of these tonight! Hopefully the beans won’t grow too big before I get another chance to pick them!

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Potatoes

I am quite surprised that the potatoes have  not completely died down by now.

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Tomatoes

Here are a few shots of the tomato jungle. They are not as overgrown as I had a few years ago at my old house, and they are much more manageable this year as a result. The yield has been great!