Well we are easing out of production and enjoying harvesting the fruits of our labor. A few months back, I was opposed to displaying pumpkins at the wedding, but look at what a beautiful diverse array of varieties we have here. We may just have to bring a few. Below this pile of squash are bags of Seminole squash from Texas. The seeds were given to us from Myra, Ben’s Aunt, we look forwarding to serving those at the wedding eve dinner. Also tucked under the pile of pumpkins are Butternut Squash. The Butternut Squash will be turned into a soup for the Reception and served with….

 Kakai Squash, Valovsky Pumpkin, Omaha Pumpkin, Drew’s Bumpy Squash, some random crosses from Ben’s breeding project…

Kakai Squash, Valovsky Pumpkin, Omaha Pumpkin, Drew’s Bumpy Squash, some random crosses from Ben’s breeding project…

… Winter Radish Slaw

 Watermelon Radish

Watermelon Radish

 Green Meat Radish

Green Meat Radish

 Diakon Radish

Diakon Radish

 Black Radish

Black Radish

Some of the winter radish will get more of an experimental experience, they will be fried into chips with turnips and carrots (not pictured). Sweet potatoes (pictured below), will also be fried into chips. These chips will be an appetizer. I wish I kept better record of the sweet potato varieties…

 This is a Japanese variety, it performed poorly but it is so beautiful that I was happy to spend the time harvesting every last one.

This is a Japanese variety, it performed poorly but it is so beautiful that I was happy to spend the time harvesting every last one.

 A bright orange variety

A bright orange variety

 Beautiful purple variety, insides are purple as well.

Beautiful purple variety, insides are purple as well.

Sweet potatoes are one of my absolute favorite crops to grow. First, I could eat one a day and never get sick of them. Second, as long as you can keep the deer away and weeds down you will get a good harvest. As long as you grab them before the mice. We had some significant interference from all three, but with a 100ft row, we will have plenty for the wedding and also for the winter.

 Evangeline, Evangeline…

Evangeline, Evangeline…

 Evangeline, best performer, solid variety. Will grow again. Also one of my favorite songs.

Evangeline, best performer, solid variety. Will grow again. Also one of my favorite songs.

Oh fall greens, you are always so bright, crisp, and nourishing. We have had some good luck with our salad greens. We got the seed in right before a rainy period and didn’t have to put too much work into it.

 Arugula

Arugula

 Frizzay, a variety of Chicory or Endive that I love and have been saving for years. It has a tender center, but in general tougher leaves than regular lettuce. It often has a bleached looking core that makes it beautiful in a salad mix. It is a bit bitter so most don’t like it alone.

Frizzay, a variety of Chicory or Endive that I love and have been saving for years. It has a tender center, but in general tougher leaves than regular lettuce. It often has a bleached looking core that makes it beautiful in a salad mix. It is a bit bitter so most don’t like it alone.

 Some Lettuce Mix, sowed too tight, and just not doing great. Luckily we have another plot of lettuce that is doing outstanding.

Some Lettuce Mix, sowed too tight, and just not doing great. Luckily we have another plot of lettuce that is doing outstanding.

We will have plenty of salad, so no one will go hungry. On the salad we will do some spring radish pictured below.

 Fakir Radish

Fakir Radish

In the Spring I planted out 12 varieties of cherry tomatoes, I seeded them in late April in hopes of having them last through the growing season into the Fall. So far, everything is growing as planned. We will harvest these and they will be served as an appetizer, caprese bites.

 Brown Berry

Brown Berry

 I’ve been saving this variety for years and calling it the wrong name, any ideas?

I’ve been saving this variety for years and calling it the wrong name, any ideas?

 Yellow Bumblebee

Yellow Bumblebee

 Igleheart Yellow Cherry Tomato

Igleheart Yellow Cherry Tomato

 These ones aren’t looking so good

These ones aren’t looking so good

 We had this water gourd show up so that is pretty cool….

We had this water gourd show up so that is pretty cool….

Of Course, the flowers are still blooming, so much in fact that I didn’t take the time to upload all the flowers that are still rocking it…. It is tempting to harvest a ton of fresh flowers for the wedding, but I have about 3 truckloads of dried flowers set back, so I will focus on greens, roots, and tomato harvest first.

 Strawflower

Strawflower

Pictured below on the right are Strawflower garlands that have been wrapped up in a spool. Thanks Aly for the great idea and for tracking down the perfect spool!

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 More Celosia

More Celosia

 Celosia

Celosia

Very pleased that everything is still looking so good at this point in the season. Just ignore the weeds. :)

 It’s this just one of the most unique varieties of marigolds you have ever seen? This was planted by a previous person and came back.

It’s this just one of the most unique varieties of marigolds you have ever seen? This was planted by a previous person and came back.

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 Drumstick flower with a sweet honey bee

Drumstick flower with a sweet honey bee

 Zinnia

Zinnia

Well ya’ll we are down to the wire two weeks left until the wedding day. Very excited to harvest all these precious bits and share them with my family and friends. This growing season has brought me such joy and reminded me that this work gives me a practically endless source of energy, drive, and passion that seems to well up from the abyss.

 Zinnia

Zinnia

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