Fall is on its way

Colorful bell peppers in my garden this week.

For me Labor Day signals the end of summer and thus the beginning of fall. The weather has been fantastic that past week with warm days and decidedly cooler mornings. The warm summer has definitely been good for the gardens this year. We have finished picking the last of the corn now, which makes me sad, but Maren froze enough to get us through until next summer. Now we will begin drying the onions and putting up some salsa for the winter with the tomatoes and peppers that are producing like crazy right now.

This is the first year in quite a while that I haven’t been concerned about an early fall frost. Our average frost date in Idaho Falls is September 20 and if we last that long we will have harvested as much as we could ever want. The only thing we need a little more time on is our cantaloupe. We have yet to pick our first one, but we should start picking this week.

But they are predicting a cool down this week with highs as low as upper 60’s and lows in the upper 30’s so we need to be prepared to cover things just in case. I sure love this time of year in east Idaho. Fall is always my favorite time of year.

3 Replies to “Fall is on its way”

    1. Determining ripeness of spaghetti squash is probably more art than science. It just takes practice. Keep a close eye on the squash. It will probably ripen well before the first frost this year. Pick it when it turns from a creamy white to a yellow. Lift the squash without removing it from the vine. Has the skin become hard? A mature squash usually weighs around 3 or 4 lbs. and will sound kind of hollow when you “thunk” it with your finger- kind of like a watermelon.

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