Lacey’s Garden – Gourds, Tomatoes, Herbs and Fall Vegetables

It’s been a while since the last post – so sorry!

Things here are very wet.  I think this must be how folks in Seattle feel.  It is not flooding; it just rains a little every day and stays gray and cloudy.  Yuck!

What is left in the garden is thriving!  I have three gourd vines that have taken over the whole back half of the garden completely.  They grow so quickly that I have to trim them back in some places so I can pick tomatoes, but then they grow even more vigorously where they were trimmed!  I think there are about 20 gourds out there so far and more coming on each day!  Gourds anyone?

The tomatoes still have never ripened on the vine.  I have been picking them when they first start to change from a darker to a lighter green, and letting them ripen on the window sill.  This seems to be working but it just isn’t the same as seeing lovely red tomatoes on the vine.  Oh well!

I have been harvesting herbs to dry for the winter and seeds to plant next spring.  I have all sorts of sunflower seeds and zinnias.  I have saved a few squash and will try to save some of the black cherry tomato seeds too.  I have some moon and stars watermelon seeds and cantaloupe.  Oh and I am pretty sure I will have plenty of gourd seeds to share too! 

I planted some radishes and lettuce and will be planting turnips, beets, and cabbage as soon as I clear out the okra and melons.  I want to see how these things do over the winter.  I really want to plant garlic, too, if I can find some.

Well even though it is the end of season there is still plenty to do – keep at it and happy gardening!

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