We've had a good frost the past two nights in a row. (Is frost good? Is frost bad? Depends.) Time to go for it and get everything out of the garden that needs getting.
I harvested our pie pumpkins a couple of days ago. Nine of the nearly perfect orange orbs grew in my small patch. We had a visit over the past weekend of some little urchins who were taken with the miniature size so three of the pumpkins disappeared when the small people did.
When I get the time in the kitchen, I'll roast these remaining six and squirrel the pulp away for winter pumpkin pies, bars and bread.
Today we're planning on digging potatoes, getting all of the cabbage in, and harvesting the Brussels sprouts. Out of the 18 plants I started, we ended up with only ten. Two didn't survive the transplant and six developed what I think was some kind of a fungus which formed a large bulb at the base of the plant while no Brussels sprouts formed on the stem.
We'll probably be harvesting the apples within a couple of days, too. We've been slightly amazed at the quantity and size of the apples on our dwarf trees planted only last year.
It's been a great year for our big apple trees, too. The large clump in the foreground of the picture above is a branch that we had to stake up because of the weight of the apples on it. And this was after thinning all the apples at the beginning of the season. Apple pie, anyone?
Lots to do today so I'd better get on with it.
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