Happy Tuesday Garden Party, friends! We’re in the midst of some fantastic fall weather here in Oregon – which is actually one of our ‘secrets’ around here. We usually have beautiful falls with sunny, mild temperatures to go along with the great fall foliage. Brian and I actually went kayaking on a local lake Sunday afternoon when the high reached 80 degrees, which was so fun to do in October.
We’re still harvesting what’s left from our garden – green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and kale – but the season is winding down around here. Shelly, Michelle, and I have decided to host the season-ending garden party next week on October 13th, so that will be the last TGP this year. Let’s share all our fall tips, recipes and ideas in the next two weeks then!
From your host this week, Shelly from Frugal Family Home:
This week I made a goal to clean up my garden. It had started looking pretty bad. Which can happen this time of year. The beans were looking really stringy. The leaves had begun to fall off. I haven’t harvested many beans this last week so I could save some seeds for next year. But then I remembered I had four huge bags of bean seeds from last year and just put them all into the compost.
A few of the tomato plants had almost died off so I removed the tomatoes from them and composted the plants also. The green tomatoes I’ll wrap up and wait for them to ripen. We still have a few tomatoes plants that are growing well so I left those alone.
While I was cleaning up the tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans, I found a few carrots that were ready to be harvested. They are our first carrots of the for this year. I just love the taste of home grown carrots so much more flavorful than the ones from the store.
I did an experiment a few weeks ago with our spearmint plant. The stems had gotten so spindly and they had bloomed. I decided to cut them back a little early and guess what? They started to bush out again. The leaves aren’t as big, but the plant looks good.
After a little time and clean up the garden is looking better. I had a bunch of clover in the garden. It is just terrible. Once the garden is done I’m going to try covering the garden beds like Jami does and see if it will kill those weed seeds. The past two years have been terrible for clover in our garden.
That’s enough about my garden clean up. Here’re the great features from this past week’s party:
1.Homemade grape juice from Homemade Food Junkie.
2. A garden update and the benefits to using wood chips in the garden from Restored Roots.
3. Some options for extending the growing season from Our Stoney Acres.
4. A cute upcycled pumpkin patch from My Thrift Store Addiction.
5. Great photos of her neighbors sunflowers from Sidewalk Shoes
We would love to have your share what’s going on in your garden this week – please leave your link below!