BUT, stop by next Tuesday, October 18th, for a season-ending extravaganza – a “Best Of 2011″ link up and giveaway for everyone who links!! Be thinking about your best post from the previous gardening season to link up and share so we can all see the “best of the best!”
What will we be giving away? How does a $40 gift certificate to Territorial Seed Company Sound? Won’t that be the perfect thing to get your garden started next spring? You can tuck the certificate away until the new spring 2012 catalog comes out, and then use it to purchase flower and vegetable seeds, starts, or even equipment and books.
It’s my way of saying “Thank you” to all who took the time to join our party this last year- I so enjoy reading all of your tips and successes, learning about new varieties – heck, I even like hearing about your trials and tribulations! It just reminds me that it’s all a part of gardening and happens to all of us. So glad to know I’m not alone. *smile*
Darn, I tried to show the rain pounding on the deck, but it just doesn’t show in the picture. Suffice to say I did NOT go out. I think I’ve mentioned I’m a fair-weather gardener, at least most of the time.
While Oregon is known for rain, September and October are usually considered our little secret- some of the best weather happens in these months.
Um, not this year. After getting some decent summer-like weather (finally!) in September, the rain settled in and it has been unseasonably wet and cool for the past two weeks. The tomatoes are not turning, everything is starting to mold, and I sure don’t want to be out in it!
I did manage to fill a basket during a break in the rain, though there are mostly green tomatoes under all the beans (Emerite, of course!), zucchini, pepper, and fall broccoli. I use the sunflower seed head in my preschool class- they love to use tweezers to pick out the seeds, and then I save the seeds to plant in the spring.
Sadly, after three years harvesting 40-50 small “Baby Boo” pumpkins, this year I only got six. The larger pumpkin to the left is an immature “Lumina” pumpkin- I harvested five large ones and put them on the front porch, but this one didn’t make the cut.
What are you still harvesting?
And don’t forget to decide what favorite post from the past season you will want to link up next week (October 18) to be eligible for the giveaway!