By: Alan Taylor
This is the time of year that most garden crops are finishing their growth cycles and beginning to produce lower yields. Much of the preservation of these crops is completed. Most beans have been canned, frozen, or dehydrated. Corn has been frozen or canned, tomatoes have been processed into juice or preserved whole. Cucumbers have been processed for pickles, and melons have been eaten.
Many people utilize this time to harvest potatoes that have not already been harvested. Watermelons are still growing and ripening. Many of the garden vegetables can be processed into chow-chow. This is a combination of left-over vegetables in the garden that are combined and canned together.
Now is the time to transplant fall cabbage and broccoli. Cover crops can be seeded, and soil tests can be performed to determine nutrients needed for next year’s garden.
Late green beans and corn are still in abundance for people who chose to plant them for a late garden. Pumpkins and cushaws as well as other winter squash are nearing harvest. Shelling beans that are used for soup beans are ready to dehydrate and store for later consumption.
We can now begin to plan for the gardening projects that we intend to pursue next year.
Owsley’s own Patricia Montgomery and family were nice enough to let us share their beautiful display from their booth at the Owsley County Farmer’s Market for this month’s Farmer’s spotlight. It takes many long hours, hard work and gardening love to have such a great display! Thank you to the Montgomery family for letting us share your hard work.