Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s that time of year when my mind starts changing to things other than the garden and outdoors (like our upcoming 31 day Handmade Gift Challenge – are you signed up yet?), but the garden is still producing lovely produce and beautiful flowers.
Adding to my list of preserving to-dos this week, besides peppers and tomatoes, is to harvest the last of our late corn and get it frozen using one of these three methods (actually, the briefly cook, cut off cob and freeze works best for our family’s winter needs – it’s ready to go for our favorite recipes that way). In a few weeks I’ll be starting to look towards cleaning up the front beds for the winter and refreshing mulch where needed. What are you guys working on now?
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From your host this week, Michelle @SimplifyLiveLove:
I’m not sure what sort of weather you’ve been having in your neck of the woods, but we’re definitely heading into fall with cooler weather out here in Eastern Iowa. We got over 2 inches of rain accompanied by lots of thunder and lightning this past weekend, which isn’t really normal for late September. I’m surprised to see leaves turning and falling already and the field crops seemed to turn golden brown overnight. The farmers who had already starting harvesting their crops have had to pull out of the fields to wait for them to dry out.
If we’re keeping it real here, I will admit that my garden is mostly a disaster area, full of weeds and over grown plants. The wind and rain knocked down most of the corn in my Three Sisters Garden over the weekend, which is fine because it’s mostly ready for harvest anyway. My tomatoes have grown so big that they’ve knocked over a few cages. Despite the large size of the plants however, I continue to harvest very few tomatoes, which is my sad gardening fail this year. I’m not sure what factors led to the tomato fail, but I’m sure it’s some combo of varieties of tomatoes, inclement weather this summer, and perhaps being planted too closely together. I need to develop a better strategy for next year to make sure that I can preserve tomatoes! I am very happy with the fall harvest of pumpkins, ornamental corn, and dried beans, however. The Three Sisters Garden has been a huge success and I will try to improve upon it next year.
I hope you have a great first day of fall this week – I know I’m looking forward to the changing seasons! And now, on to the Tuesday Garden Party! If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here. As usual, you all shared some fabulous posts and I’ve highlighted five of them below.
Features from last week:
1. In the September Garden from The Freckled Rose
2. How to make homemade pizza sauce from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats
3. How to infuse oils with dry herbs from To Work With My Hands
4. Saving your tomato seeds from Nancy On the Home Front
5. September 13 in the Garden from Priscillas 2000
Please link up this week and share how you’re celebrating fall! We can’t wait to see your posts.