I always enjoy our late summer garden on the farm more than other times of the year for a variety of reasons. One, because of hot summer temperatures most of the bugs are gone. Two, because that means it’s time to start planning and planting a fall garden. My garden has been more than bountiful this year and I have been able to give away a lot of garden produce to several friends.
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Late Summer Garden
The butternut squash vines haven’t ceased to amaze me yet. Since early June they’ve been sending off little butternut squashes. The squashes themselves take about 6 weeks to ripen until they are ready to pick which means we’ve been harvesting and eating butternut squash all summer long. Here it is the end of September and the butternut squash vines are still going strong and refuse die. I purchased heirloom butternut squash seeds this year and they haven’t let me down yet. I will definitely be planting butternut squash in my garden again!
I planted radishes this spring and harvested all of those by late May. What I didn’t know was that some had reseeded themselves so when the rains came in September…guess what…more radishes. I also have a mystery bed of radishes that I really don’t remember planting. Needless to say, I have more of these peppery roots than I know what a family of 6 can do with. A friend suggested I pickle them.
I am so thankful that my kids help me in our organic garden!
This weekend a cold front is slated to come through. Temperatures won’t drop enough to kill my garden, but instead will bring it much needed rain. I’m looking forward to Monday when it’s supposed to be in the 60s! I think the older I get the less I tolerate hot temperatures.
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