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… for this season anyway. With the exception of a few rows of carrots, beets, cabbage, kale, ruby chard & some Brussel sprouts, the fields are looking pretty bare now that all the winter squash, gourds and pumpkins have been picked. My resident family of deer beat me to some… Geez and we planted them their own dedicated 4 rows of corn just for them this year in hopes that they’d steer clear of the pumpkin patch! LOL ah well, everybody’s gotta eat I guess.

The only thing left to plant is some spinach and of course, more garlic, (yes, Jimbo it’s time again) and horse radish in a dedicated location, that never got planted this year. We’re due for some heavy rains early next week, so the seaweed and salt marsh hay will be plentiful and mine for the taking. My friendly cow farmer has promised to deliver a truckload of fresh manure to top dress the fields for overwintering, once everything is tilled under one last time… and that’s a wrap for this year. Weather permitting, I’m planning to add a few more raised beds to be built and hopefully a second cold frame. Keeping fingers crossed my plans go as scheduled.

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The first of October, with it’s chill in the air can mean only one thing– pumpkin season! Spent the weekend down in Boston and popped into Wilson Farm for some delicious treats. ❤ their display! Best I’ve ever seen!

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Last of the tomatoes 😦 Gosh, they are just so delicious! Some went into sauce, some into meatballs….. some roasted as well as many jars of salsa. End of another fairly good growing season. I’m gonna miss picking you off the vine come mid February and no doubt cussing. LOL!

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….. the start of scrumptiousness… just picked carrots for the cake.

……. carrot cake from the garden… yumma! 🙂

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…. the zinnia’s are still so showy in the garden.. growing strong.

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I don’t keep a lot garden statuary at my farm, but a few of my faves are musts… St Francis, Saint Fiacre, a couple of garden fairies, and a few frogs I’ve collected over the years or have been gifted. They say frogs and toads are an awesome addition to any garden. Sharing your garden with a resident toad or two is a great way to bring down the pest population of buggies, slugs and snails and in all likelihood if you’re lucky enough to have them, a great indication of a pretty clean environment.

At my old farm, I had a gazillion toads as we were plagued with slugs there.. but it’s not the case at this new location, as it’s very dry and located in full sun from dawn to dusk. And some days I kind of miss seeing them… the toads, not the slugs! 🙂

But then last night I was pleasantly surprised as I went along the rows of squash I was picking for dinner. I’m not sure if our monsoon rain washed him in or not, but boy, was I happy to find him! And though it’s nearing the end of another season, I secretly hopes he plans to set up housekeeping.

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