It’s the first week of August and while it may not seem to be Fall on the calendar, the cool crisp morning air, marks the beginning of the Fall harvest season in the northern hemisphere.
Taking Inventory Before My Fall Harvest
While I was walking my community garden yesterday, I saw, Sunflowers standing tall, inviting the birds to partake of it’s seed before heading south.
I saw the last of the cucumbers plants dying out, the third planting of green beans beginning to bloom and the first pumpkin turning it’s bright orange color, signaling fall harvest time is near.
My little garden has brought a lot of pleasure into my life, given me much needed exercise, provided me with all the fresh food I needed over the last few months and with canning some of them, I’ll still be using the food well into the coming new year. I am grateful for every pea, radish, green bean, potato and tomato it has blessed me with this year. The best part at this time of the year is, it’s not over.
- Planting A Fall Garden
In the coming week I will plant my Fall garden with another crop of broccoli, cucumbers, beans, onions, and sugar snap peas. Most of these will be harvested before November and it’s colder weather hits my Northeast Tennessee community. Planting a Fall garden is a little different from planting a Spring garden but just as exciting. Cold weather plants provide us with the produce for many hearty winter meals.
You can find several recipes for these wonderful Fall harvest vegetables, here.
Being part of a Fall Harvest means fun to many people. After all the hard work is done, there can be hay rides, pumpkin carving contests, harvest celebrations with music, dancing and food,,lots of food. Pumpkin pie and Grannie’s Apple Stack Cake, to name a couple of my favorites.
Just because the days are getting shorter and cooler, is not a reason to give up on your garden. Fall Harvest season is the reward for all the work you have done through out the year in your vegetable garden.