The mild temps continue here in Central PA with yesterday’s high reaching into the 70’s. These are great times to enjoy a fall vegetable garden and to complete those final fall clean-up tasks before colder weather arrives.
My garlic, shallots, and potato onions are all in the ground, the last seeds have been planted, and the cold frames and low tunnels are in place and ready to grow. Not much left to do in the garden besides harvest the crops as they mature, and to enjoy the scenery.
Enjoying the Fall Garden as the Growing Season Lingers
There are carrots, beets, parsnips, gobo, and other root crops biding their time underground but there is no rush to harvest these just yet. The broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts are still maturing and will hopefully have enough growing season left to yield a decent harvest.
Those hardy greens like kale, collards, and mustard are growing well in spite of the more than usual amount of slug damage that’s been inflicted on the plants. This year I’ve been mixing assorted greens and herbs together before dehydrating them and then crushing into flakes to store them for use during the winter months.
The garden has yet to be visited by the first frost so there are tender herbs like basil and flowers such as nasturtiums that I continue to collect and preserve while I still can. Even the honeybees in the backyard apiary are busy with a fall flow as they pack in additional pollen and nectar to last them until the early spring blossoms appear.
Here’s What is Still Growing in the Fall Vegetable Garden
Take a look at the photos below to see what’s growing here during late October in the fall vegetable garden. Hopefully there are more seventy-degree days ahead before winter, but I’m not counting on it and will be grateful for every warm moment that’s left to enjoy!
That’s just a sampling of the fall vegetable gardening photographs from my garden. I’ll have a fall album with more pictures posted up on the Veggie Gardening Tips Facebook page later this week. If you still haven’t tried your hand at a fall garden I hope that you will because for me it is the most enjoyable time to garden!
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