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As the Gardens Begins to Slow Down

By Barbara Ganley, September 12, 2011 - 4:29pm

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Here in the western part of Vermont we missed the worst of the hurricane and so our gardens, while a bit wet, are still intact. The tomatoes keep coming in, the peppers are turning red, the pumpkins and winter squash are maturing, the eggplants finally coming on strong. It has been a wildly fluctuating weatherscape here and we've had to relax and go with Mother Nature.

Now the evenigs are cool--soon cold with the first frosts not far off, and so up go the tunnels to hold off the end of gardening for as long as possible. If I'm lucky, I'll still have lettuces and greens deep into November. And I'm glad this year especially since it has been such a strange summer.

Here's what has grown well:

Cucumbers. They have loved the warm, wet conditions and I have picked more than we can eat. I've made tzatziki with lots of mint and as many of Eating Well's cooling recipes as possible.

Tomatoes. They've loved the warm and wet conditions as well. I've had spectacular heirloom tomatoes and those little yellow German cherry tomatoes, Blondkopfchen, that Hilary recommended this spring. So prolific!

Carrots. As sweet as they've ever been in my garden. They are so good raw, that I have barely cooked them at all!

Favas & Peas, Lettuces & Radicchio. Loved the cool, wet spring.

What didn't grow well:

Fennel. It just coudn't find its way between the raindrops, I think!

I'll be writing more this fall about planning for next spring--it's never too early to think about the next season, even now when things are still ripening, still growing, still throwing out blossoms!

How about your gardens? As you look back over the summer, what were your successes? What do you want to try next year? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Barbara Ganley, Gardening, Gardening Challenge


Barbara asks: How about your gardens? As you look back over the summer, what were your successes? What do you want to try next year?

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