So, garden friends, it’s officially fall! Which camp do you belong to: planting a fall garden and planning on wringing out all you can before a freeze forces you inside…OR finding relief from the thought of the garden winding down now with no plans to do anything more than harvest a bit of what’s left?
During my early years of gardening, I aspired to be in the first camp, though I never really did it with much success, but as life has gotten busier for me, I find that I do experience a kind of relief when I walk out to the garden and see just a few tomatoes and a handful of beans to pick. Just enough for a lovely meal – and that’s fine with me right now! What about you?
I’m your host for the garden party this week, so let’s get to it-
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From your host this week, me!
Happy fall, guys! We had a record pumpkin/gourd harvest at the cottage this year, and I love it. When you grow your own, you are not at the mercies of what the stores have in stock or what colors they choose. I grew only Baby Boo white pumpkins and the lovely gray-green “Cinderella” Jarrahdale pumpkins this year and these neutral fall colors make me happy! I had no problem finding places around our porch and home for the 40+ Baby Boos and 15 Jarrahdales (that I grew from seed I saved from last year), and it made decorating for fall a breeze.
On a side note – I actually found 4 of the smaller Jarrahdale pumpkins growing on a vine that had volunteered in the burn pile. Yes, burn pile, not compost where you’d expect it. Our last burn was June 15 and this vine sprang from the bottom of the pile and was climbing all over the branches we’ve been adding all summer!
I grew Indigo Blue Tomatoes for the first time this year, mainly because they seemed a novelty and I was curious. They really are very striking in the garden as they’re growing, that’s for sure. They keep their blue shoulders even after ripening, as you can see on the right above. The are nice, firm slicers and are still producing for us, which is great. The flavor is just normal, though, nothing to write home about, if you know what I mean. If I didn’t have room to grow them, I’m not sure I would again. Have any of you tried this variety?
On to the features from last week (go here to check out all the links if you haven’t had a chance):
1. Growing into the person you were created to be @ Grounded & Surrounded (I remember feeling a lot like this in my first years of gardening!)
2. A visual listing of green flowers (some are quite stunning!) @ Sensible Gardening
3. Creating fall arrangements with garden & nature finds (I especially like the green acorns!) @ The Createaerie
4. Preparing flower bulb beds for fall @ Grace & Garden Homestead
5. Fresh apple cheesecake bars @ Homemade Food Junkie
We’re looking forward to your links this week – remember we’d love to see any gifts, food and decor that’s garden related, too!