Week 24 – It’s time to reap what you sow

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It’s HARVEST TIME!!  If you have a veggie or herb garden it’s time to get out there and enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Peppers, tomatoes, squash, onions, beets, carrots, beans, eggplant, cucumbers, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, dill.  What did you plant?  I hope you reap what you sowed!!

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Some vegetables are easy to figure out how to harvest them.  If it is under the ground you can usually pull it.  If you’re in doubt on how to get the fruit off the plant, use your garden shears.  Some stems are too thick to pull off and if you twist them you may damage the plant.

Keep your plants harvested and you may get more produce.  All plants produce more blooms when you keep them harvested.

Anything that can wilt or lose moisture easily or get puckered skin; you can wash them up and put them in a plastic bag and store them in your refrigerator.

To preserve any herbs you don’t immediately use, tie them very tight around the stems of the herbs.  Hang them upside down on a drying rack.  Let them dry for a couple of weeks and you can use them for cooking.  My preference for storing them is in glass jars.  You can also put them in plastic containers.

It’s time to replace some of your crops with cool weather crops.  For Fall you can replant some of the early spring crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, and there is still time for more radishes.

It’s still time to keep your perennial borders and containers deadheaded and cut back.  Some plants are done and some still have time to bloom but they’re leggy and stringy.  Cut plants back and tidy up your borders of any dead debris that’s not beneficial.  Replace any plants in your pots that are bloomed out and won’t produce any more with some still blooming summer or autumn plants.  There is still time for more blooms so tidy up your garden so you can show them off.

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We had a plain old work day in the garden followed by a brunch of salads, yummy breads, and cupcakes.  We didn’t dress up for the camera or get fancy.  We went out and deadheaded, fertilized, changed out some summer plants for fall in the container gardens, and cleaned up the perennial borders.

HAPPY GARDENING!!

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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2 Responses to Week 24 – It’s time to reap what you sow

  1. Great post and great photos. You have a wonderful garden!

    • pbodwell says:

      If only it were mine. We have a 9News Garden Expert in Denver who has a group called Proctor’s Apprentices. I am an apprentice and the photos are from his garden. It’s a wondrous place. My blogs are our weekly adventrues and what we’ve learned in his garden. Last year I was an apprentice and this year I’m a super apprentice (or something like that).

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