I enjoyed being out in the garden today. Even though the weather was pleasant, I knew that my time was growing short. If I wanted to harvest anything in early fall, or overwinter for the spring, I needed to get going and clean things up. One of the signs of fall coming is the abundance of spiders! I really have to watch my head when walking through the garden beds!
There sure were a lot of carrots! This is the first year that I yielded such a harvest! I remember just sprinkling a lot of seeds, sure I would “thin them out” later. Well, the thinning never occurred and I spent a lot of time pulling carrots. You can see how close they grew together here.
After a while of gently loosening the soil and removing a carrot at a time, I finally just started hoisting them from the dirt by the handfuls.
The end result was 26 pounds of carrots, plus a clean garden bed ready for a new crop. It’s not that big of an area; perhaps it is 3×5 feet? I think I’m going to put my hardneck garlic in this spot this time. My husband, bless him, put in drip irrigation that’s on a timer, sensitive to rain. Talk about easy gardening!
Apples, beets and more squash were harvested as well. And the black eyed susans also said goodbye in passing while the morning glories are in full force. It’s a sweet time, fall in the air and summer waning.