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Still Harvesting

October 25th, 2014

One night ear lier this week they were calling for it to get down into the 20’s overnight. I knew my falls peas wouldn’t do very well with temps that low, so I decided to harvest as many as I could.¬†When I got up the next morning it was in the mid forties, no cold snap as expected.
fall peas
The warm flush of weather from last week aided in the plumping of the tiny peas in their pods. I had a much better harvest than anticipated, which I was quite happy about. If the weather continues to stay as mild as it has been, I should get at least another harvest and maybe two. Three cheers for fall crops!

What’s in your harvest basket?

Fall Peas

October 9th, 2014

My fall peas are just reaching the point where they’re starting to fill out the pods. Truth be told I should have planted them a few weeks earlier, but I couldn’t since the garlic wasn’t ready to be harvested yet.
fall peas 1
When it comes to fall/winter gardening, the cool weather isn’t quite as big of a deal as the reduced daylight hours. Things are much slower to mature since they’re getting 3-5 fewer hours of sunlight. That’s definitely something to remember when sowing for a second harvest.
fall peas 2
I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll survive long enough to produce a decent crop for the freezer.

Do you have any fall/winter crops that are ready to harvest?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.