THE END OF THE SEASON
We have pulled our last tomato plant and pulled the remaining carrots. In a few days I will put the strawberries to bed as well as protect the blueberries and rhubarb from our winter visitors. The asparagus is not quite ready to cut down and straw over yet, another week perhaps. Our weather has jumped to 35 degrees at night,with a high of 42!! I knew we would be having an early and quick Fall, there were just too many caterpillars already in September.
We had our first fire in the wood stove last night and all day today, so that routine will begin earlier too. I keep a kettle of kindling, a kettle of paper , and a BIG wood box, full, next to the stove. we have a large covered wood box on the back porch we fill once a week, so I can replenish the inside box easier.
This is the time of year that I pick up my knitting again, and my sewing, as I am indoors more. I miss my knitting!
I also start thinking about next year..what to plant, where, how much, when. What did well this year, and what did'nt, perhaps I need to move things around. There are three companies I will be studying this winter, and hope to order from them. They carry a lot of plants that are hard to find, and heirloom seeds.
All three have good pricing on plants, bulbs and seeds, that I want to try next year- It is hard to find old fashioned varieties, and I am most interested in the old fashioned snow ball bush- hydrangea- the blooms are huge and white.
I have a 1937 planting guide, from Rural Progress Magazine, that will give you interesting insights to what people were doing at that time, for feeding their families.
For EACH person, in the family, you will need to plant:
8 crowns asparagus
10' early beets
10' late beets (this refers to spring and fall plantings)
18 cabbage plants- early
18 cabbage plants- late
15' carrots- early
8 cauliflower plants
8 celery plants
5' radishes- plant every 2 weeks.
36' string beans
1 squash-early (summer)
3 squash- late (winter)
15 tomato plants
These are a selection, for a garden, obviously, not all vegetables are listed, but these were the most common then.
Keep in mind, this is what people grew to feed their families for the year, per person. All these things can be combined to make many , many things, canned, or frozen, or dried, for the winter. Amazing, huh?
We have never planted anywhere NEAR these amounts, but every year is different, and we have been known to plant a lot of some, and not so much of another. The herbs planted are astounding!! The use of dill, green onions, first as chives, then later for the onions, basil, thyme, a HUGE list, for the perennials.
So.. I am looking, thinking, planning, drawing it out, it will take me a few months to decide what I want to do come Feb., as we will re-plant strawberries then, to always have a strong on-coming crop.
I have thoughts for growing gourds. I grew mini gourds several years ago and loved them, but never had the time nor space to work with the larger varieties, and they are curious to me. This next year will be my "gourd year"!!
SOUR CREAM PUMPKIN PIE - from 1979
1, 9" unbaked pie crust
3/4 c packed dark brown sugar
2 T sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t each, salt, cloves, nutmeg
1/8 t allspice
2 c canned or cooked, mashed, fresh pumpkin
1 1/2 c sour cream ( this takes the place of the evaporated milk recipes always use)
Mix all together well, bake, 375 degrees, 50-60 mins, till tested clean with toothpick.