It’s been raining off and on for the past two days and all I can think about are all the winter squash sitting out in the field. All alone and hoping some critter doesn’t come along and take a bit out of each one of them. Gardening Zone 6a in Coastal Maine made me anxious this moment.
That would be awful. But not unthinkable. It’s happened before.
My giant blue hubbard squash and most of the butternuts still need another week or two before they’re ready to be picked though, so I’m hoping they stay away long enough so we’ll get to harvest all of them.
My beautiful hubbard is about 1 1/2 shoe lengths and I told the HH that I bet it’s a 15 pounder. I’m planning on turning it into pies. In my new oven. That should be here in less than 3 weeks. I’M SO EXCITED!!!
The butternuts are looking mighty fine too. We’ve got a dozen or so out in the field.
We do have three late bloomers though that I don’t think will make it in time before the first frost.
My Long Island cheese pumpkin. It’s a real beauty. I have 2 big ones and 2 little babies out in the lasagna garden and I plan to use those for pies this winter as well.
We’ve already pulled up all the tomato plants in the kitchen garden as well as the religious family garden but there are still a few volunteers going strong in the lasagna garden.
Who knows… maybe I’ll have enough to make a batch of salsa verde for the pantry.
The first day of fall is tomorrow… and man oh man does it ever feel like it. With daily temps now in the mid 60’s it’s almost time to put the flannel sheets on the bed, move the sweaters to the front of the closet and start up the wood stove again.
My anxiety is now getting better for Gardening Zone 6a in Coastal Maine.
And I couldn’t be happier.
Fall. I think it’s my favorite season. 😉
P.S. Did you grow pumpkins and winter squash this year? How are they doing? Have you harvested yours yet?