First Autumn Harvest

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The autumn harvest has begun!  I found eleven big field pumpkins in the garden this year, lots of small Jack-Be-Little pumpkins, several winter squash, and a great yield of indian corn.  Some of the squashes and corn are still ripening, phase two of the harvest will be in a few days.  The gourds are very plentiful.  h3I won’t know how many grew until I can get onto gourd mountain after the first frost kills back the leaves.  The strange hybrid crosses between squashes, gourds and pumpkins are providing plenty of excitement with their unusual shapes and colors.  h2All are gourds, meaning inedible, except the large flattish orange ones near the pumpkins in the photos may be good to eat.  I think they are a cross between pumpkins and winter squash.

The tomato jungle is still producing and I must pick tomatoes again.  A frost can not come too soon for the tomatoes as far as I’m concerned!  Also, it is time to pull the carrots.  Think I’ll have my 2-year-old granddaughter, Lia, help me with them tomorrow.  She loves to see the carrots come out of the ground.

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3 thoughts on “First Autumn Harvest

  1. She will love to pull carrots! Are you planning to sell any of your harvest by the road this year? I remember when my bus driver got a pumpkin as she was dropping me off one afternoon.

    • I remember that too! Pat was nice. Yes, I do plan to have a little roadside stand, probably next weekend if the weather is good. People always buy on warm, sunny fall days. Lia is a little gardener already!

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