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Planting Your Fall Garden

The gardens here at 1840 Farm are just beginning to provide us with delicious produce.  We’re picking a pound or more of fresh raspberries every day.  The cucumbers are being harvested a little at a time and the refrigerator pickles are chilling, Tiny tomatoes are on the vine, and the sweet potatoes are loving the heat and humidity that this summer has brought along with it.

It won’t be long before the heirloom tomatoes are ripe and ready to take their place on our dinner plates.  Around the time that heirloom tomato season is coming to an end, our fall garden will take its place.  Sweet potatoes, onions, and the corn, squash, and beans from our Three Sisters Garden will be ready to enjoy at our family table.

This year, we’re even growing garden produce specifically for our Thanksgiving table.  Those sweet potatoes, squash, beans, and herbs will help to make our holiday table very memorable.

Our growing season here in New England is painfully short, so our summer and fall gardens are planted closely together.  A few weeks after the last tomatoes have been transplanted, we’re pushing corn seeds under the soil and planting our sweet potato slips.

In other parts of the country, fall gardens are being planned right now.  If you are planning or growing a fall garden, then you won’t want to miss out on a great giveaway that I’m thrilled to be participating in.  You could win an 1840 Farm Heirloom Three Sisters Garden Seed Collection to plant in your garden, a great gardening guidebook, or a beautiful handcrafted garden dibble.

1840 Farm is contributing one of our seed collections for the giveaway and I’m so happy to be working with Let This Mind Be In YouBepa’s Garden, and The Garden at Oswegatchie School.  Not only are they each contributing one of the fantastic prizes in the giveaway.  They’re also sharing their own fall garden experience on their blogs.  You can read about how they’re getting A Jump Start on Fall Planting at Let This Mind Be In You.  I just checked in on Bepa’s Garden’s fantastic work with school children at The Garden at Oswegatchie School.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the corn from our Three Sisters Heirloom Seed Collection is already growing in the school garden.  The plants look beautiful and it warms my heart to know that 1840 Farm will play a small part in helping to shape a whole new generation of gardeners.  I can’t wait to see how the collection grows in the garden for the family behind Let This Mind Be in You.

Now you can join in the fun and plant the collection in your fall garden.  Enter the giveaway below and cross your fingers that you’ll be randomly selected as the winner.  I know that you’ll enjoy seeing both of these pages in your Facebook newsfeed as much as I do.  Good luck!

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  1. Linda Prater

    You got me thinking it would be nice to grow some of my thanksgiving dinner. I have never planted a fall garden, but I’m going to give it a try. Hope I win looking forward to reading to books.

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      I am so happy to hear that you are feeling inspired to plant a fall garden. Stay tuned. We’ll be announcing the winner next week!

  2. Mike the Gardener

    I read this part in the beginning:

    “We’re picking a pound or more of fresh raspberries every day. The cucumbers are being harvested a little at a time and the refrigerator pickles are chilling, Tiny tomatoes are on the vine, and the sweet potatoes are loving the heat and humidity that this summer has brought along with it.”

    and I said my goodness you are describing my garden to a tee. Although my cucumbers are still a little small.

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      I’m so glad to be in such good company! This year, I purposely planted Boston Pickling Cucumbers because they are meant to be harvested while still small. That has played in our favor. While the other cucumber varieties are not ready for harvesting, the Boston Pickling Cucumbers are ready to be picked and pickled!

  3. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life

    We have such mild winters that I am really trying to test what I can plant now and harvest thru the fall. I am about to rip out some heirloom tomatoes that have done terribly this year and put something else in.

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      So sorry to hear that your tomatoes haven’t fared well this summer. That can be so disappointing! Keep me posted on your fall garden. I’d love to hear more about it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it will provide a bounty of beautiful produce.

  4. Holly Jones

    Last year was my first winter garden. I had mixed results and actually kept a journal. Many lessons learned. There is something very thrilling to pick food in January. (Pacific Northwest)

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      I couldn’t agree more. Somehow, harvesting anything from the garden in the off season feels like a triumph, doesn’t it? I keep a journal all year long. I learn so much from looking back at our harvests year after year. Good luck!

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