As the leaves turn from green to orange, the garden is producing the first of our fall harvest. Pumpkins, squash and more – oh my!
Our first, large-scale garden was a success in our eyes. We battled pests, drought, and spacing issues. But we were able to harvest a few pounds of tomatoes and more okra than we knew what to do with. Now we have turned our attention to fall. Most of the pumpkin seeds we planted take at least 100 days to reach maturity. And I won’t lie – waiting has been hard! But now there’s fruit on the vines sprawling across our yard. Seeing those pumpkins has been encouraging and a reminder of our hard work.
This winter holds several unknowns for us. The biggest unknown is how to protect our fall crops from frost. Winter 2021 showed us how resilient our chickens are and how dutifully we care for them. Will we show our garden the same respect?
We’re also considering how we’re going to help some traditional summer crops see next summer. Our strawberry plants and blackberry bush won’t be moving indoors. Is that the best move? Will they survive the winter?
I’m so glad you stopped by! As we look to winter, be sure you’re ready for the cold. Read how to winterize your home. Are you already thinking about Christmas? Bath bombs make a great gift! Have you seen my bath bomb recipe?