Well it looks like many backyard gardeners are still busy harvesting, preserving, and enjoying the fruits of their labor in the vegetable garden.
Others have begun to shut things down as they prep the garden for a brief slumber, while the more fanatical growers are merely shifting gears to match suitable crops to the changing autumn conditions.
If you’ve spent much time around here you’re probably already familiar with my mantra that a fall vegetable garden is without a doubt the best garden of all!
- Opal at Vegan Momma has been harvesting what she describes as “not a lot of produce” from her Veggie Lover’s Paradise. Included in the haul are some great looking organic watermelons. Opal also spills the beans on a home-made concoction that she uses to keep insects at bay in her large organic garden.
- Steven at Dirt, Sun, Rain hasn’t had much time for writing on his blog because he’s been so busy with the harvesting and processing of his Tomato Frenzy. Just thinking about that batch of Salsa Verde has convinced me to include tomatillos in my garden next summer.
- For those interested in seed saving and breeding, Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots has a very interesting article on Seed Grex and Genepool Mixes. I’ve always been intrigued by the amazing diversity of seed varieties such as Rainbow Chards and Wild Kale Mixes. Now that I have a better understanding of what makes up a grex, all I need is a working definition of a “land race” variety.
- Speaking of seed saving, take a look at the article and Seeds Being Served Up by Christa at Calendula & Concrete. She supplies plenty of food for thought along with reasons to consider planting a few heirlooms in your next garden. Christa’s article and the photos touch on the simplicity as well as a few of the complexites found in the world of seed preservation.
- Katherine emailed the photo shown above of a tomato from the garden of John and Rose that’s sprouting an unusual horn. If that isn’t strange enough, I stumbled upon this collection of odd looking vegetables at the Texas Cooperative Extension’s site. There’s also an explanation of what can cause these oddities to crop up in your own garden.
- As long as we’re looking at photos, venture on over to Skippy’s Garden and enjoy the Bird’s Eye View of the Garden that Skippy’s gardener has posted to offer a unique sight of the garden’s progression throughout the season. Pretty neat, huh?
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