The Autumnal Garden


I have let the garden weeds run rampant for months now. While the garden continues to burst forth with greens, winter squash, pumpkins, root vegetables and a few last tomatoes and beans, I am completely neglecting its care.

Still, it is not without its moments of beauty. Yesterday, my work schedule allowed me to be off in the late afternoon, instead of after dark, and I found the light doing Very Nice Things to the garden.

All of the garden photos are available full size here: Flickr Garden 2010 Set.

I adore this huge collard plant. Although the collards have overshadowed and killed most of the kale, I forgive them because of their huge, leafy gorgeousness. Also, it was completely my own fault, for planting them so closely together.

I’m not certain if my late planting of carrots will come through in time, alas. Also, the celery was largely a waste of time, effort and space.  What little I did use was bitter and relatively small.

Pumpkins and their vines are absolutely everywhere. This one is about 50 feet from its point of origin, wedged in between two raised beds:

The Rouge Vif d’Etemps variety is a stunning shade of orange when ripe, and I love its flattened shape.

The Tiny Squeaky Creature continues to nibble upon everything, including tomatoes, squash and pumpkins. He has absolutely ruined this one:

I don’t think this little guy is going to make it.

One of the weeds teeming all over the garden is this one with the purple berries. I have no idea yet what it is, but I’m betting I can harvest the berries for a natural dye, because when I get it on the bottoms of my feet, it is persistent.

Although we have yet to see any frost, the squash vines are definitely dying back. They have surely served their purpose, though, and have provided an abundance of squash. I have given away at least 100 pounds, and there is easily another 100 left, excluding pumpkins.

It has been raining quite a bit lately, leaving pools of water on the giant collard leaves.

I am pretty much in love with the collard plants, although I can count on two hands the number of times I actually cooked the greens.

Hot peppers are bursting forth with spicy intensity.

There are several cabbage heads larger than my own head.

All of my onions were a great deal smaller than I expected them to be, but next year I’ll get some organic fertilizer on them. These were intended as green onions, so did not get thinned at any point. Heck, most of the garden never got thinned, a huge mistake.

Only two Velvet Queen sunflowers came up out of about a dozen, largely due to the rampant weeds choking them out (I would imagine.)

These weeds are also everywhere. They produced pleasant yellow flowers, and left behind these very large seed pods:

On the whole, things looks quite different now than they did in late March.

Here’s what it was in June:

It has been an instructive year, certainly. There is so much I’ll do differently next time! Alas, that is another post for another time. Meanwhile, chickens are up next. 🙂


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2 responses to The Autumnal Garden

  1. Mel

    The purple berries are a nightshade of some sort. Can’t place the species, though.

    I need to sort out moving around my beds for next year and have no idea when I’m going to find the time.

    • Erin D.

      Mel, thank you! I should be able to narrow down my search pretty quickly with that knowledge. 🙂
      I haven’t yet begun planning my rotation for next year, I should get to that fairly soon, too.

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