Summer is Winding Down…

Summer is Winding Down... | The Gray Boxwood

I cannot believe that we are already in the month of August! Summer flies by, but for me – and don’t hate me for saying this – that is exciting because I love fall and winter! The Farm is really starting to show the stress of the dry weather we have been having and the beginning of a changing season. My family from Virginia left this week making the house and yards too quiet, but a lot of work was done in the time they were here!

My peach trees are not ready to produce many peaches yet (peach trees are weaker and only last a little while at their peak), but a local vendor gets in boxes of peaches and we have been freezing and canning them. Along with peaches, the green beans have produced a generous crop. As a family, we enjoyed the fresh bounty and have canned many jars as well.

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

At this time of year, many items in the garden are ready to be harvested. Tomatoes and peppers are ripening and I cannot wait to can my beloved salsa, hot pepper mustard, pickled hot peppers, and cabbage stuffed peppers! These are some of my favorites to can and enjoy. Honestly, I have become so accustomed to many of these items that I no longer enjoy the store variety.

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

The pumpkin/squash/gourd patch is giving me a headache this year! The year began with a rough start that included profuse rain, which killed some of the plants early on. Now bugs and disease have set in. Beetles and blight have been a large source of plants weakening and in some cases dying. With the extra-dry summer, the patch is not looking the best. I have started to spray Fung-Onil and Eight on the plants to ward off the bugs and blight, but it may be too late.

Lesson learned: I need to start with fungicides earlier in the year to ward off the diseases early on.

Last year was a prolific year on The Farm for pumpkins so I am bracing myself for a smaller crop!

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

On the other hand, the fall apples are coming along with leaps and bounds. I may even need to brace the trees to hold up the heavy branches! Soon it will be time to prepare a host of tasty apple dishes and eventually a batch of fall applesauce! I love to can apple filling, which is simply wonderful atop pancakes and pork chops!

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

Summer is Winding Down | The Gray Boxwood

The Farm is busting at the seams with fruits, vegetables, and flowers. I hope you can receive some inspiration for your own yard and see what you can achieve with the fruits of your labor.[hr]

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