Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Autumn, already?

Hope you had a terriffic Labor Day weekend. We enjoyed the time together, relaxing and puttering at this and that.

It isn't Fall yet, but you can feel that it's coming. The wild asters are blooming, the weather has cooled considerably, and it's getting dark so much earlier! Autumn is my favorite season, so I'm looking forward to the next couple months.

We picked the apples from one tree this weekend. The birds were really damaging them, so we decided to take them before they were all pecked. We didn't get a large harvest, but they are really tasty and pretty, so we will enjoy them while they last. On a 'hm, that's weird' note, we found blossoms some of our fruit trees. It's September, and the fruit trees are blooming? We've never seen that before, and we're not quite sure what to make of it. It might have something to do with the damage from the deer, but we don't really know. (any thoughts?)

The tomatoes are starting to turn. I suppose it's some combination of weather and altitude, but tomatoes are almost a fall crop around here. The plants are covered with green fruit, and now that the foliage is starting to look tired in places, they fruit is getting tinges of pink here and there.

The big news around here is that we were able to eat some corn from the garden. It is really sweet and tender, and so delicious! Out of habit, I put the butter, salt and pepper on the table, but none of us even touched those - we ate it plain...and it was so tasty!

Just as the corn is coming in, other parts of the garden are winding down. The potatoes are finishing up, and the pumpkins are starting to get a hint of orange to their skins. The green beans are still producing, but not as energetically as before.

If you garden, is yours still producing? Winding down? How was, or how is, your harvest?


Susan said...

My garden is very sad this year. We neglected it a bit and only ended up with tomatoes and raspberries. I'm trying to plan for next year so we will have a much better harvest...

mentalutopia said...

I have lots of green cherry tomatoes, and a multitude of squash blossoms. It's becoming obvious that the tomatoes will never ripen before the temps get cold (we were in the 40s last night) and that the squash will never bear fruit. I should probably cut my losses and fry up a big batch of squash blossoms and green tomatoes before the squirrels and earwigs eat those! We did harvest a lovely brandywine tomato last night, but there were only two on the whole plant.

tenthingsfarm said...

You might try bagging up the tomatoes at the very last moment. We learned to wrap green tomatoes in newspaper - many of them will go on to ripen. With the little cherry ones, I bet you could get the same sort of effect by putting them in lunch sacks! :)


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