And the Garden Grows On – GTTY October

Protected outdoor lettuce plants in October

Gardening Through the Year!

When we first moved here (early ’70’s), I believed that the gardening season was over when the weather turned cold.  Each year I tried new things to get a few more weeks of fresh produce.  I would like to share those experiments and some of what I have learned.  Also October is the “get ready for spring” month.  The weather is still pleasant to work outside and the organic matter for improving your garden is abundant.

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An Intergenerational Garden – GTTY September

Broccolli is still producing in September in upstate NY.

Gardening Through the Year!

September is a month for harvesting, second only to August.  With the cooler days and nights and shorter days the spring crops grow with vigor.  Some seedlings planted out in April will not be harvested until next month, others planted from seed in May are brought in just before the first frost.  Let’s look at the garden from the perspective of the maturity of the plants.

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All Things Bountiful – GTTY August

Freshly canned tomatoes ready to put away and more tomatoes ready for canning.

Gardening Through the Year!

The gardening article is in Local Food this month because it has much information about preserving the harvest, yours or the produce you buy from local farmers.  Very often farmers are delighted to sell bushels of tomatoes, peppers or onions, bags of corn and mountains of winter squash at great prices.  Take advantage of the bounty of the season and put some food by for the winter.  It will save you time and money. Information on storing winter squash will be in Septembers “Gardening Through the Year”

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