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. I 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. All 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.