Hello from the LMU Organic Community Garden! It’s been a fantastically busy October for us. We’ve been harvesting our fall crops and having parties! We held our annual fall festival here at the garden on October 13th. It was the most lovely autumn day you could imagine. Our gorgeous setting here at the base of the Cumberland Mountains, beautiful blue skies, and mild weather set the perfect scene for great food, goofy fun and games, and wonderful fellowship amongst our dedicated gardeners. Our food theme this year was “Soup from the Garden”. And trust me, it was good eating! We had vegetable soups, kale/potato based soups, beefy stews, bean soup, and more. It was truly a showcase of what you can do with your harvests. The younger members (and the older ones, too!) enjoyed a hayride, scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving, a bonfire complete with marshmallows, and more. It was a truly awesome way to relax and enjoy all that we have accomplished this past year.

As the rest of the garden winds down, our field of cold weather crops is overflowing with green goodness. We planted a variety of these crops and they are thriving. We have three types of turnips, two types of collards, three types of kale, two types of mustard greens, tat soi (an Asian mustard green), spinach, two types of arugula, multiple varieties of radish, lettuce, parsley, two types of broccoli, cauliflower, two types of brussel sprouts, and cabbage. We’ve been harvesting greens for over a month and the rest of the crops will soon be ready for harvest. We have harvested 200 lbs sweet potatoes. Harvested on Monday the last of our green tomatoes about 20 lbs. Also harvested all our pumpkins and winter squash. Sue came up with a new pumpkin bread recipe substituting shredded green pumpkin for zuchinni from a “zuchinni bread recipe”