Whew! After inspection, the doxies have determined our freshly harvested sweet potatoes are not cheese or anything wrapped in bacon, so Thanksgiving is safe.
Picked what remained of the butternut squash (pumpkin pie!). Same grandparents as the "mystery pumpkins" from a couple weeks ago, so this is a family photo.
Mid-autumn is a great time to do a little maintenance on the keyhole garden and get it loaded up and ready for the next growing season.
Strange offspring from a perfect pumpkin created a mystery as to what squash was the papa of these odd babies. There were 3 suspects. The answer was a surprise.
All the Calif. Wonder bell peppers in the keyhole garden are the usual green except for this guy. He started to go orange but stopped halfway. Weird. I like it.
That's no simple pile of dirt! That's a mound of super rich, composted chicken manure and straw "bricks" to recharge the spent beds in the vegetable garden.
Tropical Storm Kay broke the dry spell and washed the plants in the garden. No rain since March, so tho was only 1/2-in, we'll take the full rain barrels!
It's a big weekend of saucing & canning tomatoes (all grown from seed collected last year!). Varieties from front to back: Celebrity, Black Krim, and Costaluto.
One advantage to letting basil go to seed is a garden visited by chatty little goldfinches like these who fill the air with happy twitters. No app required.
In winter we open the vegetable garden to the poultry. The chickens have already cleaned the artichoke beds and are taking a dust bath and fertilizer break before moving on.