End of the Summer Garden

This year’s garden wasn’t especially pretty but we did get a lot of food out of it:  cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, carrots, kale, onions, cabbage, chard, pumpkins, potatoes, summer squash and a nice assortment of herbs.  Not a lot of tomatoes, though.   Still yet to ripen:   apples and corn.  All the fruit-  cherries, raspberries, and apricots-  were eaten up by the birds, I think.  Somebody ate them and it wasn’t me!   We didn’t have gophers this year but that little white butterfly that lays gray eggs on cabbage-family vegetables which hatch into voracious green worms-  we had plenty of them.   The grape vine was very pretty but never had any grapes.  Maybe next year.  Here’s a few photos: pumpkinsgrapevine

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Xenia
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 20:52:41

    Does anyone know how to harvest sunflower seeds? How to clean them up (they are very sticky) and dry them out and turn them into something you can actually eat?

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  3. Deborah
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 21:28:19

    Hi!
    I think you have to dry them completely before picking the seeds out of the head. It will not be so icky that way. I’ll check with my mom. She has done lots of them!
    – Deborah

  4. Rilla Beck
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 08:30:04

    We used nematodes to take care of our grub problem – surely there is a natural herbicide for those green worms (praying mantis, ladybugs or other critters that would eliminate them in the larvae stage?). Of course, you know about netting to keep out those pesky birds – (it’s the only way we got any peaches off of our tree). Even if it wasn’t “pretty”, it’s bountiful and gave you a lovely harvest! God willing I will have a garden next year! Thanks for posting pics!

  5. Xenia
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 15:46:16

    Deborah, yes, we tried drying the heads and it worked very well, thank you!

    Rilla, we tried netting the strawberries with no effect but we are going to try harder next spring. Nematodes…. a new thing for us to try, thank you!

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