I have noticed that the garden is much happier with the break in the weather as well. My pole beans took on a new life and began a whole new crop as well as the bush beans. While I didn't plant a lot of them, I was able to not only continually eat them fresh but put some away in the freezer for some future meals - one bag is specifically marked "Thanksgiving."
|Fall plantings: broccoli, lettuce, kale, pole beans still producing|
|Brussels sprouts with loaded sweet pepper plants behind|
|Look closely and you will see several cabbage worms-in all sizes-tricky|
I am working on picking the last of everything left on the plants and pulling them up. They then are gathered and thrown into the chicken run for the girls to work over. Once they are done, there is nothing but bare sticks or stalks that are then composted, burned, or bagged for recycling - depending on what it was. They love to see me coming with an armload of "goodies."
|October 8 harvest:|
3-1/2lb beans, 4lb hot peppers, 3-1/4lb sweet peppers, chard, dry beans for seed
I leave my flower seedheads alone for fall. I do this for a few reasons. First, I love to watch the goldfinches land and eat the seeds from the coneflowers and black-eyed susans plus there is something about those little brown spikes that is appealing to me...the color? the shape? I'm not quite sure. Leaving your flowers go to seed also allows for the possibility of reseeding for even more lovely flowers next year.
|Leave the seedheads for the Goldfinches.|
This past summer, I discovered some "volunteers" under the bird feeder. While I pulled many of them, I left a few that were in a spot that could hold them. After of a summer of growth, I have a nice little stand of sorghum! Pleasant surprise.
|Sorghum stand - from sprouted birdseed.|
My tomatoes are pretty much finished for the year - we had our last BLT of the year this weekend. I still have a lot of peppers - both sweet and hot - to pick yet. That is a good thing since we eat a lot of peppers through the winter.
I still have a lot of garden "to-dos" ahead of me for the fall...