When autumn arrives it is so striking how quickly night falls. I wish we could hold onto the longer days with the cooler crisp weather. Instead it is time to start saying goodbye to the garden and get it ready for winter. We were lucky this past weekend, the weather was absolutely perfect. We had a number of tasks to complete but it makes it easier with the warmth of the sun.
We needed to clear out the tomato beds. Given the blight that is prevalent in the area we can’t compost the plants. It seems like such a waste but we have to bag them and bring them to the dump. Each year we get some but we’re getting better at combating the blight.
Those tomato cages can be quite flimsy and bend easily but man some of them did not want to come out of the ground. I was hauling off on them like I was trying to pull up a tree root!
We did one round of peas this year but a few strays tried to give it another go in the bed. If your season is mild enough you can get two harvests but by the time the plants grow large enough our winter gives them what for and we don’t have much luck.
As we had already harvested the black beans we had the kids clear out the bed. Except the one lone kale. Have no idea where that came from! That bed has never had kale planted in it. But up it grew anyway.
The butterfly weed is going to seed. Wonder where it will pop up next year. I generally let it spread as it has such a pretty orange bloom.
Our hops are taking over their little area. We really need to transplant them to the back corner of our garden and let it just go crazy. The poor trellis is crying uncle at this point.
I’m convinced the pepper plants don’t realise it’s autumn! They are still going strong. I’ll have to cart a bunch to the community kitchen as our freezer is quite full and there is only a little space for some frozen peppers. The leaves aren’t as green but there is a bounty of hot peppers.
It will soon be the Brussels Sprouts turn to shine. All they need is a good frost. Though this is the only plant that produced decent sized sprouts. The other 4 grew pea sized ones. Usually they do so well.
It’s time for our bushes to turn colour. I love the red that the blueberry bushes turn. So vibrant. Hopefully they will have a good slumber over the winter so they can give us more than a handful of blueberries that we got this year.
It was just lovely being outside in the garden without melting in the heat and humidity. Wish we could slow this time of year down.