Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Is Here - Oh, Yeah!

We'd avoided the few light frosts that hit the Brandon area last week, but this weekend hard frost hit us. And how! Now, we are fortunate to have a lot of well-established shelter belt, which did give some parts of the gardens good protection. But, the open areas and the low areas are pretty much finished! Our late-seeding of lettuce got a touch of frost, the summer squash are all pretty much toast, the tomatoes (which never really ripened) are done and gone. The winter squash plants are dead but the squash is mostly fine - except those that the deer have started to crack and gnaw. The sweet potatoes, well protected, seem to be okay. The basil is finished but the calendula next to it is okay. The garage, our staging area, is crammed with things we tried to save like watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash, peppers and tomatoes. So, we'll still have a good supply for the final outdoor Farmers' Markets this weekend; it's hard to believe there are only three more regular markets: Thursday night and Saturday morning at Riverbank Discovery Centre and Friday Night at Shoppers Mall!


  1. Ah - rather a sad pictre of the end of a harvest and the finality of the Farmer's markets. Still the frosts kill the pests and I wish you a good harvest for next year

    Laura x

  2. Thank you, Laura! There's still harvest going on: still carrots and beets to be dug, still potatoes in the field, still winter squash to pick up! Lots to do still!