Jumpin’ grasshoppers!  Summer went by in such a flash.  Don’t you sometimes wish you could step on the brakes, but, alas, a new season starts whether we like it or not.   Change of season means preparing the homestead for fall.

Boy, what a summer it was!  Last year we dubbed it the “summer that wasn’t.”  This summer made up for our razzing with some of the hottest temps we’ve seen in awhile, baking us for weeks of triple digit heat and humidity.   The extreme heat has left the garden looking rather raggedy and slowed down the harvest.  We gathered that we’d have  somewhat of a warm fall, so we are hopeful to squeeze a few summer crops into fall.  Already, our late plantings of tomatoes, beans, eggplant are setting fruit and will be ready to pick in a week or two.

Trays and trays of soil blocks are being planting with fall crops.  Peas are ready popping up and we’ll have to start “winterizing the beds” pretty soon.

How did your summer garden fare, especially those dealing with the horrible droughts in the mid west.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all the farming families.

Here’s to a WETTER and bountiful fall.

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  1. Melina says:

    Our summer was hot and dry in Co. Springs, but made for a wonderful harvest. We still have much to harvest and can, but I’m laid up with a bum knee, so we may lose part of it. My misfortune may end up someone else’s bounty.

  2. Bob says:

    Maybe you could write How you winterize your beds for winter. ( No quilt or blanket jokes Please ! )

    I still have tomatoes making fruit , we have had some rain in OK City. The farmers at the organic or grown in Oklahoma Market still have great stuff and fall crops are starting to be harvested

  3. Glenda says:

    Our garden was very good here in Wyoming. I’ve been canning piccallili, pickled veggie mixture, green tomato salsa, Dilly Beans, and green tomato mincemeat. This was the best year we’ve every had for green beans; love the Provider beans.

    Our plum trees produce about every three years and this year was a bumper crop. We have three bushels picked off of two trees, thus far, with only about half picked. I’m canning and dehydrating all day every day. What a blessing!

    Our summer was very dry, but we do water with a drip system so that helped quite alot. Plus, on very hot days, we water the beds and younger cherry bushes by hand.

    We are trying to turn more and more of our 1/3 acre, in town, into fruit trees and raised beds. Years ago, when our children were home, we canned and dehydrated alot. We got away from doing it so much when they left for college and that’s been over twenty years ago. We are back to gardening, canning/dehydrating and becoming more self-sufficient once again. We’re enjoying every minute of it!

    We appreciate your blog as it encourages so many of us. Thank you.

  4. Kimberly says:

    Here in central Texas, we had an extremely mild winter last year, so the bugs were TERRIBLE this spring/summer. It was pretty disheartening. The highlight of the year was our cucumber plants. They produced over 20 pounds and I was able to can enough pickles to last our family at least a year. Our sweet potatoes are growing really well though, I’m hoping we get a good harvest out of those.

  5. Doris says:

    Live in South Texas. Our garden actually fared pretty well considering the drought. Had more vegetables in the summer than Spring. Putting some late plants in since we don’t start seeing cool temps in the 50s until december

  6. Melinda says:

    In our area of southern Kansas, we were unique, because we got to experience both extreme droughts- the one from last year and this year. Yay, us! So, we got a few tomatoes (I froze a whole quart out of 87 plants), sweet corn and one bell pepper. Our well again went dry so we had to haul water in and gravity flow it onto the garden. The temps went to 110 on June 22 and stayed there until mid- August. We’ve had a couple rains in the last couple weeks, but since our frost date is in less than a month, we won’t be planting anything else. The well hasn’t had a chance to catch back up anyway. But, like all gardeners and farmers everywhere, we are eternal optimists and are planning for next year 🙂

  7. Simon says:

    Very wet summer here in the UK. Still my allotment has fed me.

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