Our temperatures are starting to drop and our fall rains are kicking in periodically. It was supposed to rain today, so I set out harvesting a trailer load of gourds, fancy squash, and pumpkins which we sell to a local greenhouse, The Watering Can. I figure we have about three pickup truck loads of various pumpkins out there in the North garden as well as quite a few I’ve planted for pure seed in the Sand garden, a half a mile away and through the woods. My friend Dara popped in yesterday, just after I went out and harvested our Hopi Pale Grey squash. We didn’t have such big squash as usual this year but figured it was because the trees south and just over the fence from the patch have grown much bigger and are now shading the squash. So we’ll have to move the squash to a new location next year. We’ve still got a lot of tomatoes out in the garden and hope to get many picked this afternoon before it rains.
Almost all of the corn which we’re saving for seed is in now. We thought we wouldn’t get a new variety, Spotted Big Horse, which I’d bought from Baker Creek. But surprise, we did get some ears! What fabulous and unusual colors too! Lots of lavender, purple, and flecked colors. We just love trying all the new varieties every year. Harvest time is like Christmas.
Will is still busy hauling big round bales home and doing other farming tasks. Yesterday, preparing for rains, he went to disc a new field he had plowed. It hadn’t been plowed for decades and was tough going. He got it disced up, after getting stuck four times with our big International. But that’s farming for you … Then my dryer quit this afternoon. So I’ll be hanging out clothes on my clothesline … if it doesn’t rain like it’s supposed to. — Jackie