August

Yesterday I harvested the spaghetti and butternut squash.

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A little sooner than I preferred, but if I waited much longer the groundhogs wouldn’t have left us any.

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I was pleased to discover this beautiful offering at the base of an old red oak.

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Chicken of the Woods

And pleased to welcome these new arrivals.

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It’s a great time of year.

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17 comments on “August

  1. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, yes, it is a great time of the year. Harvest is the fruits of the gardener’s labor. It’s been an odd year weather wise in August this year. It should be a hot month but instead it’s been 70s and lower 80s during the day and upper 50s and 60s during the night. It feels much like September should be. It has become very dry as well with only a light shower or two over the last month. The rain showers have only increased the humidity and haven’t really helped with soil moisture. Most of the garden is now mature and won’t need more rain.

    Tomatoes have been areal bust this year. Only the cherry tomatoes have done well. The others just didn’t really get very big nor have they had many to harvest. A hail storm came through on June 29th and knocked all the blooms off. The plants survived but never really recovered to produce abundantly. It’s been a great year with other things. The dreaded vine borer didn’t touch the squash plants this year and the butternut squash have produce about 10 or 20 squash. I’m not sure what to do with that much squash. I don’t think butternut is a Winter keeper squash. The cabbage is outrageously wonderful this year. Overall, it’s been an over the top abundant year in the garden.

    Have a great August harvesting day.

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  2. Laurie Graves says:

    It certainly is! August in Maine is sublime, and for us, the squashes you featured are considered fall squashes. πŸ˜‰

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I have cantaloupe and watermelon in the refrigerator, but one of those spaghetti squash never has made it into my house. As a matter of fact, I’ve never eaten it (to my knowledge). I ought to remedy that — giving it a try wouldn’t hurt me at all.

    By the way — here’s a tip that I thought was so interesting. If monarch caterpillars are running out of milkweed to eat, it’s acceptable to cube an organic, well-washed and peeled butternut squash, and put small cubes out for them. Sticking them in the midst of milkweed does very well. For some reason that I haven’t yet figured out, they can survive and thrive eating that. Better than groundhogs!

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  4. avwalters says:

    After the last post (on robotic harvesting equipment), you follow up with your own automatic ripeness detector. If the groundhogs will eat it, it must be ready. I understand there is a similar auto-sensor loop between corn and raccoons.

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  5. Joanna says:

    Looks like you have the worst critter problem this year. We are blissfully low in wild boar numbers. Should I be pleased that the threatened disease and Government initiative to lower the numbers means we have very little damage and what there is is confined to forest edges? Our squashes are only just starting to get away and I forgot to plant the spaghetti seeds this year, or rather I lost the seeds until it was too late to try. Oh well! Hopefully soon we are in tomato glut time, they are suddenly all starting to ripen in the heat, unlike yours that seem to have been going for a while now. Still picking berries though πŸ™‚

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    • Bill says:

      We’ve had issues with coons and groundhogs, but fortunately no real problem with deer yet this year. Keeping fingers crossed. Glad to hear your wild boar problem has lessened.

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  6. Oh, How I wish I could inhale the loveliness of that muskmelon! Bad groundhog! You really must have a go at roasting one Bill, they are delicious! (Like the tenderest of pork… (only better; )

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  7. Dearest Bill,
    You have quite some harvesting to do but yes, competing always with some mammals that can destroy a crop!
    Love those beautiful Chicken of the Woods!
    Happy Sunday,
    Mariette

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