Fall Has Arrived In The Clear Fork Valley

| 9/23/2014 2:37:00 PM

Tags: Fall, Preserving, Canning, Ginnie Baker,

Ginnie BakerIt’s the first full day of fall, and it’s really cool!

The evening sunsets are gorgeous!

We’ve had frost for the last three or four mornings and that has put an end to the flowers. Most of the garden was done a week or so ago; the tomatoes are no more, the squash has been finished and cucumbers also.

sunset over bellville10b

A friend of mine gave me a bunch of beets, the last from her garden. Her son is a Pennzoil/Amzoil distributor and also sells a special fertilizer. She used it on her garden, and I’m astounded at the size of these beets! She said they were about the size of a baseball, but they’re much bigger! They’re like beets on steroids!

Here’s a photograph of them with a regular coffee mug.

9/24/2014 4:05:30 PM

Ginnie, wow, you sure do look ready for Winter. I have a few canned tomatoes but the harvest was not very good and even though it hasn't frosted here just yet the gardens are done. We never really got the warm temperatures for the warm weather crops to ripen. Lettuce, radishes, onions, and potatoes did great but the tomatoes, eggplants, green peppers, and green beans hardly gave any harvest. I'm already starting to clean up the gardens. It's the earliest I've ever done that. Most times I start around Halloween. Farmer's Almanac says it's going to be a colder than normal wet Winter for my area. I took my snow blower in for a tune up and maintenance check yesterday. We didn't even get enough snow to use the blower last year but I'm just feeling this year will be a whole different kind of Winter. ***** Have a great Fall day.

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