End of September harvest

Fall is definitely in the air and we've now closed off both small and large garden for winter and going to let soil rest and prepare it for spring planting. But at the farm I'm still picking car loads of veggies - tomatoes are slowing down (which is great because I'm done with winter canning), but peppers have picked up and have been picked in massive quantities. Some got chopped and frozen for winter, but most are a give away.  Plenty left to eat of course every day. At which point do you say "I'm overrun with veggies?". I honestly think I'm past that point.
 And I found a creative way of giving presents - fill baskets of veggies and give away :)
And first few winter squash have been picked, even if some got chewed up by groundhog. Looking forward to trying Blue Banana - it's a Guatemalan Blue Squash from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed
One of the critters completely destroyed my best pumpkin so I'm bummed out.  Was looking forward to carving it this year. Oh well, have plenty of other squashes still coming.
How are your gardens doing and what are you harvesting? Stop by Daphne's page to see other gardens and their bounty of the week.

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  1. All I can say is growing conditions at that farm must be spectacular. Does everybody get those kinds of quantities? Sorry about your continuing groundhog problems. They've been in abundance here this year too, forcing me to use my special elimination method. And just this weekend a huge new one started nosing around eating fallen apples. I guess I don't mind that, but I'm afraid he will move on to more desirable crops. I think you would be a great Harvest Monday hostess.

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    1. Yes on the quantities and soil is really fantastic at the farm - it's almost like having a pure compost instead of soil, rich, silky and very fertile. Sorry to hear about your new groundhog and missing apples. I can't bring myself to eliminate them no matter how much they destroy :( And thank you for the vote of confidence on hosting Harvest Monday. :)

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  2. I know too much of a good thing can make it difficult! I always hate to see veggies go to waste so your creative giveaways are a great idea!

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    1. It's fun to have them and love harvesting, but it's a headache trying to do something before they spoil.

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  3. Holy cow, that is a lot of veg! And here I am stressing over a couple of trays of tomatoes! I'm sure your neighbours and friends are loving the goodies you keep giving them.

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    1. Yup, and my coworkers, everyone is happy :)

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  4. Wow, your garden and the farm continue to produce. The gift baskets are cute but seem incomplete without a huge, over-sized zucchini or two.

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    1. I don't bring zuchini home anymore - they are dropped off at Harvest House on the way home

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  5. Heavens. What a lot! Will you be doing the farm garden again next year? Or was it too much produce to manage it?

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    1. It was a little too much for our consumption this year so I will scale back a bit.

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  6. Hi Jenny, I am sure those people that receive your basket of vegetables must be so thankful for them! I know if I did not have a garden I would be. But I can remember my Mom having things to give away and no one wanted them. I don't know if they just didn't want to come pick them or what. Nancy

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    1. Oh people definitely want it as long as it's cleaned and delivered to their door. :(

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  7. I too love to share my abundant harvest, it is a great feeling to be able to share.

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  8. I had a groundhog one year that ate all my butternuts. So aggravating. I love the look of the blue banana squash. I wish I could try so many types, but I only grow C. moschatas as otherwise the SVB takes them down way before they ripen.

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    1. Blue Banana is winter squash and i haven't seen any signs of SVB on the vine at all.

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