The fall just keeps getting more challenging between hot weather, the continuing drought and hungry deer. To keep the fall crops growing we have to water almost daily. Thanks to being able to give the plants a drink daily we have been harvesting a good amount of lettuce, kale and stir fry greens(tat soi, bok choy, and pak choi). However the deer have been eating the mustard’s, unprotected lettuce, radishes, beets, and collards. We have put up a variety of Halloween, 4th of July and Christmas decorations we thought might scare them but after a few nights they think they are invitations to dinner. We had maybe a half inch of rain in October one night. Due to the lack of rain our cover crops are barely doing a thing. I see some little forage radish leaves and that’s about it. Things like spinach wouldn’t even sprout.
Our second digging of sweet potatoes was better than the first beds but still due to drought and deer was much less than the last couple years. We put deer netting over the beds but this year the deer learned how to stick their mouths under the netting and eat the leaves. We really wish we had motion camera’s to see that process.
Saturday was our fall harvest party. We recognized 4 of our most devoted volunteers for all they gave to the garden this year. There was lots of great food and fun and games and fellowship.
In addition to the above we had more cooking sessions featuring our own produce and a canning session making pepper butter and pepper jelly. We harvested and sold lots of peppers, okra, squashes, and tomatoes. We’ve gotten the most figs we ever had thanks to the endless summer. We are still harvesting peppers and okra. Wow! So in spite of the Double D’s life is pretty good here around the Cumberland Gap. Happy Thanksgiving to all in Advance. Sue