While much of our garden was killed by freezing, we are terribly happy with all we have. As another frost was forecast, we got busy and picked all we could: tomatoes (both ripe and green), peppers, squash, corn, melons, and cucumbers. We covered our drooping, black plants. And it seemed to help. The tomatoes, peppers, and melons we hadn’t harvested yet are undamaged by the frost we did get. However, the temperature was only 31 degrees, not 27 like the last freeze. A few degrees makes all the difference.
Now, we have the fruits of our season of labor all over the house: tomatoes, squash, peppers, cukes, melons, and a few ears of sweet corn (it turns quickly to starch after frost!). We harvested 90 Hopi Pale Grey squash and I canned corn for more than 3 weeks! So we feel blessed at the harvest as we didn’t know if we would get ANY, due to our late spring with snow in the garden in May!
And our cole crops are tremendous too, with cabbage heads weighing more than 15 pounds each and cauliflower larger than a dinner plate. The carrots and onions are also wonderful, not to mention our potatoes. We have had trouble with both scab and hollow heart in the past years and have moved our potatoes several rows over in the garden but thought we’d still have the problem. We did grow a different variety, Dakota Pearl, a blocky white skinned potato, and out of a couple of hills dug, we have a five-gallon bucket full of perfect, large potatoes. They are very productive and have stored well for us. Guess what we’ll be growing in the future!
Amid all our harvesting, one of our “wild” chickens, a White Laced Red Cornish hen, came off her nest under our fuel tank with 12 red-headed babies! We are so excited and she is a great mother.
This afternoon, I’m starting to process tomatoes by saving seeds and making a batch of spaghetti sauce. Our tomatoes were late this year but boy did we get a bumper crop! And such nice ones, too. — Jackie