Today is Halloween and tonight we are supposed to get our first frost. That will kill all our tomatoes, okra, peppers, and most of our herbs. I’m super sad to see this part of the garden go. But there are still fall veggies to grow and there’s always next year. We have learned so much and I can’t wait to start planning for that!
This week my Little Sprouts and I picked over 75 pounds of produce. We have 24 pounds of little green tomatoes to use, so if you have any suggestions, let us know!
We picked 40 pounds of watermelon. The squash bugs finally got our watermelon vines and I wasn’t sure if the tendrils turned brown because of that or if they were ripe. Nonetheless, the frost was coming anyway, so we picked our five watermelons. Sadly, the kids busted three of them on the way in the house… I cut those three up and one of the was ready and really yummy.
We picked 27 pounds of tomatoes, some green beans, tomatillos, okra, and a ton of peppers and HERBS! Over three POUNDS of herbs! Wow!
We also harvested two ten gallon buckets of drying beans, but I’m not sure how much weight is in the vines, so I’m going to weigh them after we shell them. We have to wait for them to dry to do that.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Has frost hit your area yet?
This week my Little Sprouts and I harvested 21 pounds of food. Our pear tree has fire blight and is dying and we didn’t see any pears on it this year. Sad, because we usually harvest over 250 pounds of pears. To our surprise there were a handful of pears ripe on the tree this week, hiding from us and the ornery raccoons that usually help themselves to much of our fruit.
We also picked this lovely 13 pound watermelon this week.
The kids have so much fun in the garden exploring and finding treats. I cannot remember what our life was like before we had all this great learning and exploration we enjoy in the garden.
Here the kids discovered a cute little ladybug crawling up the okra.
The days are cooling and the getting shorter so the time for the garden is coming to a close, but the garden has birthed so much awe and wonder for us this year. I can’t wait until Spring! I love cold weather and winter, but I’m going to miss all the fun we have watching amazing things grow. Is anything still growing around you?
This week my Little Sprouts and I harvested over 24 pounds of produce including WATERMELON! We have been trying all summer to grow some watermelons. We had to replant them three times, and now, in OCTOBER, we have FINALLY harvested our first one! We have 5-6 more on the vines and they are looking great.
This first watermelon is a moon and stars. It was absolutely delicious! It weighed 9 1/2 pounds. This is our third year attempting to grow watermelons and our first one with success. Gardening is full of useful lessons and we are learning them together here at Little Sprouts.
You can tell that cantaloupes are ripe when they slip from the vine on their own, but watermelons do not do that. How can you tell they are ready? The little tendril or curly cue that is just above the stem will turn brown when the melons are ready. See the tendril here:
We also harvested cantaloupe, tomatoes, okra, green beans and 2 1/2 POUNDS of various hot peppers such as jalapeno, cayenne, ancho and others.
What’s growing near you?