end of the summer garden update

So….whatever happened with the garden you ask?

It is still churning out more produce than we know what do with and keeping us running to the farmers market twice a week.  We have reached that time of year when the focus is just on harvest and the weeds can have their way. This means it all looks far less than perfect but I find it to be the most beautiful time of year in the garden.

Zucchini and cucumber are done.  Green beans still coming.  Tomatoes of all kinds still growing.  Pumpkins, gourds and watermelons everywhere.

 

pole bean teepee

pole bean teepee

 

grape tomatoes that are out of control

grape tomatoes that are out of control

 

thank goodness we have such good help

thank goodness we have such good help

 

lots of little pumpkins and gourds

lots of little pumpkins and gourds.

 

overgrown tomatoes in the high tunnel

overgrown tomatoes in the high tunnel

 

sunflowers are winding down

sunflowers are winding down

 

Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage will all be ready to plant in the next couple of weeks.  Plants are about 6 inches tall in the basement already.  We plan on also putting out lettuce, kale, and spinach.  This is all really an experiment to see how far into the fall/winter we can utilize the high tunnel.  I am hoping that fresh lettuce in December will be a reality.

Our plans to ramp up production for next year are in full swing.  Thanks to getting our feet wet this summer with the farmers market, we are better prepared to plan for next year.

We are super pleased with the high tunnel but we have also learned a lot about what not to do….Sometimes that is even more important.

Each year we will learn a little more and adjust as we go.

 

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