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Last Hurrah of Summer in the Shoals

| 11/10/2014 2:10:00 PM

Rosedale GardenSummer is winding down. Corn is in, soybeans are being combined and wheat planted over the stubble of both. What little cotton we have in the area has been defoliated and picking is starting. Usually we have a killing frost in the middle of October. This year it happened Halloween night when temperatures dipped down into the middle 20s. The last Sunday in October, Mom and I ate outside at one of our favorite restaurants when the temperature was in the 80s. The next weekend, temperatures ranged from highs in the 50s to lows in the 20s.

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Before the killer frost hit Halloween night, I pulled all of my larger green Cherokee purple tomatoes for storage. We had more than 5 inches of rain that ruined any with a hint of pink on them. While wrapping them in newspaper before storing in a cool spot, it looks like I may have wasted my time. A lot of the green ones are starting to show black spots. I was hoping to have fresh tomatoes into February again this winter. I pulled three nice peppers from the one and only plant I had. My first of the season. It’s a good thing that I didn’t have to depend on my garden in order to survive this year.

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