As the days get shorter….

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.

End of season 8 2013

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.

End of season 1 2013

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.

End of season 2 2013

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.

End of season 4 2013

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.

End of season 5 2013 End of season 6 2013

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.

End of season 7 2013

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.

End of season 3 2013

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.

End of season 9 2013

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.

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10 thoughts on “As the days get shorter….

  1. Autumn is my favourite season, just enough summer left and a taste of cooler offerings. The colours in the images you have used to illustrate the turning of the season are stunning, especially the butterfly weed blooms, the hops and the blueberry bushes :)

  2. That’s an incredible garden of delicious things. I have never grown food – living surrounded by farmers doesn’t make it seem a necessity!,However, this year I planted some tomatoes, in containers, and they are nearly ready. A bit of disease on some leaves, but OK. I’ll send a picture of our neighbour’s tomato set up…it’s strong.

    • I think it’s normal for tomatoes to have something going on with it. Fortunately the fruit themselves usually do well. If I was surrounded by farmers with all sorts of goodies I may not plant as much but I’d have to have something. :)

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