Sweet September...


Windy Meadows Farm In our part of the Midwest, it’s easy to see the change of seasons has begun. The soybean fields have turned golden and we can see the corn will follow shortly. Thick patches of goldenrod, buzzing with honeybees, line the gravel roads, potatoes from our garden have been harvested, and the last of the sweet summertime tomatoes have been picked…waiting to become savory tomato sauce as well as to be enjoyed on a delicious BLT sandwich (or a BLAT as my daughter says…just add slices of avocado!)


These early days of fall give us a chance to wrap up summer activities: harvesting the last of the garden bounty, stacking firewood, ordering hay, making sure barns and sheds are ready for the frosty days ahead, and finally putting the garden to bed. 

Because we just harvested our potatoes, I thought I’d share some old-time gardening advice that’s been handed down over the years to me.  It’s advice I like to call tried-and-true because I’ve seen the amazing gardens that came from following such advice. 

I’ve always been told that now is the ideal time for digging root crops, such as beets, carrots, potatoes, and turnips. If time gets busy, they can stay in the ground a little longer, but if temperatures stay high into fall and there is constant rainfall, they need to be harvested as quickly as possible. 

The potatoes we harvest are placed on screens in a shady area for about 10 days. I then put them in flat, wooden boxes for storage and put them in our cellar.  

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