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The official countdown to Autumn is on🍂 As wonderful as it is to be able to have a nice summer to garden in, nothing beats living in New England come Fall✨ The leaves are just starting to show hints of changing. Acorns are creating a drumming hum as they tumble down. Pumpkins are mysteriously gifted by kind neighbors. Apples from the orchard down the road are baking up in yummy crisps, keeping cheering crowds at homecoming warm. Mountains of seasoned wood litter each driveway in anticipation of stacking. And mounds and mounds of onions, shallots and garlic are getting much needed clean-up as they make their way to the root cellar. All my woodland critter pals are not the only ones preparing to nest away for the winter…I am too😀 Here’s to a wonderful new season ahead!🧡 . . . . . #mainegarden #iloveautumn #autumnisintheair #autumntime #gardenharvest #gyo #organicgarden #homegrownveggies #mygarden #seasonalliving #autumnal #mainelife #autumnfeels #newenglandlife #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalshift #fallinnewengland #gardenlife #backyardgarden #gardenlovers #growyourown #grownfromseed #zone5 #vegetablegarden #kitchengarden #gardentotable at Maine

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The compost gods deliver once again! Check out these pretty little gourds grown courtesy of the garden gods living in my compost bin. Come this time each year, as I struggle to keep my harvests going, one of our old compost piles effortlessly puts out a garden of its own. Some years it’s mystery tomatoes, squash or potatoes. This year, it’s all about gourds and ground cherries. Can’t wait to see what next year will bring! Anyone else harvesting gifts from the compost pile?💚 . . . . . #gardenharvest #autumngarden #mainegarden #gardentotable #gyo #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gardengrown #grownfromseed #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies #gardeninglife #muckboots #thehappygardeninglife at Maine

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Bringing back the birds…I love my birds! My boys would say obsessed may be a better word for it than love, but I get downright giddy when I spot a new visitor to our yard. So, yesterday’s shrieking was calmly received by my family as “she found a new one” and I did! Look at this gorgeous Black-throated Green Warbler. She came to visit me on her long migration down to Central America. It never ceases to amaze me that something this little makes a journey that long (over 4,000 miles!). I keep a log of each of the different bird species that I’ve been able to photograph here in our woods and I’m super excited to say that this sweet Warbler is #54 on the list…that’s an incredible amount of diversity of feathered friends to have come pay a visit to our woods. Can’t wait to discover who’s next! Show of hands for all my fellow bird nerds🙋‍♀️❤️🐦 . . . . . #gardenbirds #bird_lovers_daily #backyardbirds #bird_watchers_daily #birdnerd #birdwatching #pocketbirds #thebirdingsquad #mainebirds #bird_brilliance #warblers #bestbirdshots #featherperfection #songbirds #beautifulbirds #birdlovers #birdlover #birdlife #birdwatcher #ilovebirds #naturenerd #wildlifewatching #mainelife #theartofslowliving at Maine

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The last big hurrah…while there are still nibbles out in the garden to be had, this is probably the last big harvest of the season. Today, tomatoes will be slow-roasted; cucumbers will be pickled; beans will be frozen; peppers will be stuffed; herbs will be dried; celery will be snacked on and those cucamelons…well, truth be told, those are going to be shared with my Henny Pennies as I am cucameloned out. Here’s to a wonderful week! May it be filled with much laughter, love and lots of garden goodies💚 . . . . . #mainegarden #gardentotable #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #gardengrown #grownfromseed #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies #gardeninglife #thehappygardeninglife #mygarden #growfoodnotlawns at Maine

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Happy little handfuls…I’m thinking many of my veggies are ready for the season to wrap up because they are leaping from their plants and throwing themselves down onto the ground in protest. I went out with my harvest basket with the plan on picking these pretties off the vine, not off the ground. Even when bending down to grab a dirt-covered Roma, another took the plunge right before my very eyes. Even though it was still green, it obviously couldn’t take it anymore😂 And for the first time this summer, I actually welcomed my arch enemy, the chipmunk, to help himself to as many cucamelons as he’d like🐿 It was actually quite a hoot to see him holding one in his hands…it looked like he was nibbling on a juicy watermelon. But, I don’t appreciate that he’s treated my tomatoes like a box of chocolates and sneakily taken one bite from each. There is plenty of cleaning up to do, and I hope to rally and do it, but chances are, I’ll just be sitting here on my deck just taking it all in. Here’s to a fabulous Friday! Hope you all have a good one!💚 . . . . . #heirloomtomatoes #mainegarden #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #gardengrown #grownfromseed #summergarden #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardentotable #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #frommygarden #growfoodnotlawns #potager #veggiegarden at Maine

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Reflecting a bit on this #throwbackthursday The irony wasn’t lost on me that for the first time ever, in over 20 years of gardening, I had meticulously planned and plotted out my garden layout for this summer and within the first few weeks, it was all shot to hell…remember the cabbage root maggot devastation that took out a third of my garden in early June? This watercolor dream now mocks me from my studio wall, but it’s all good. It allowed me to dream garden during the darkest, coldest days of our long winter and I plan on doing it again, especially now that I’m shaking things up in the garden with more permanent plantings like perennials and shrubs. It took me a few months to finalize this design, but it was such an incredible journey. I had to think about my sunlight…where did it fall in the spring as opposed to the fall; crop rotation; companion planting, succession sowing, plant heights and colors, etc… It was like garden Tetris😀 I’ll try to be patient and wait until January to start my new plan, but with my ever-growing seed wishlist (thanks to all you folks!!), I may have to get an earlier jump on it, especially because I’ll need to bone up on some new plants that I’m not as familiar with. Anyone else plan on breaking out the color pencils and watercolors and dreaming next summer’s garden?🎨💚 . . . . . #gardenlife #mainegarden #gardenplanning #gardenlovers #gardenstyles #gardendesign #garden_explorers #garden_styles #gardensofinstagram #vegetablegardening #organicgardening #gardendreams #gardeninglife #gyo #backyardgardening #homegarden #gardentime #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #growfoodnotlawns #mygarden #ediblegarden #veggiepatch #kitchengarden at Maine

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Cucamelons…a cautionary tale🌱 They’re so tiny. So cute. So incredibly prolific that if you grow more than 2-4 plants, you’ll be up to your knees in cucamelons!! After growing these charming little ones for the past few years, and reading about some folks struggles to get them going or their taste, I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned. First off, when starting from seed, they are very slow going. Each time I set out my transplants, they’ve seemed sack and lackluster. But don’t let that fool you, often once planted, they’ll start to take off and those vines will keep on growing all summer long, so make sure they have something to climb on or they’ll find something on their own😉 For best success, plant them in full sun and rich, well-draining soil. Remember that they form a tuber, so come end of season, dig them up and store over winter for a head start on next season. Now, to the taste. When picked at around one-inch in size and not too fat, they’ll be refreshing bites of cucumber with a subtle finish of lime. But…when let to grow larger, that subtle citrus finish becomes an overpowering sour bite🤢 And they are prolific producers, so 2-4 plants are probably more than enough for a family of four to nibble on. My first year I planted 10😱 Will cucamelons make the cut for your garden next year?💚 . . . . . #cucamelons #gardeningtips #gyo #gardenlife #organicgardening #mainegarden #veggiepatch #kitchengarden #gardenchat #ediblegarden #vegetablegardening #gardeninglife #inmygarden #mygarden #grownfromseed #homegarden #backyardgardening #fromthegrange #summergarden #gardenveggies #garden inspiration #fromthegarden #gardengrown #gardentime #gardeningisfun at Maine

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As I sit here dreaming of my new garden plans for next year, I look to the very talented Linda over at @potagerblog for #gardengoals and inspiration. Check out her yard! And this is just her backyard. Her garden party is equally strong out front of her home too! How absolutely dreamy would it be to have a box hedge like this to meander about? And talk about topiaries😍 I wouldn’t even know where to start with something like these, so I’m thankful for Linda’s how-to videos to help guide me on my way. Without a doubt, she is definitely #onetofollow especially if you’re looking to create that secret garden of your dreams. Check out her page for a heap of eye candy and to start planting those seeds of potager plans💚 . . . . . #gardenstyles #garden_explorers #gardentour #growyourown #gardening #garden #potager #gardenlife #urbangarden #gardendesign #growsomethinggreen #instagarden #gardenlovers #gardenersofinstagram #horticulture #garden_style #organicgardening #gardener #garten #gardeninspiration #gardendreams #homegrown #greenthumb

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Talkin’ tomatoes🍅 As the season beings to wind down, I’m starting to jot down some notes in my garden journal about which plants are definite keepers and which were fun for a one and done season. In regard to tomatoes, I fell immediately smitten with growing Pink Berkeley Pink Tie-Dye (that’s the one I’m holding) and Costoluto Fiorentino for the first time. Usually I struggle a bit to grow larger tomatoes like these and have them ripen in time, but these both were actually some of the first tomatoes of the season, so for all my Northern gardener pals, I highly recommend them👍 I’m test growing Blue Beech, Wisconsin 55 and San Marzano for @johnnys_seeds and have loved all three! The Wisconsin 55 made for a picture perfect tasty slicer and the Blue Beech…wow o’ wow! They’re absolutely huge and meaty, hardly any seeds and is so good both for eating fresh and making sauces. My San Marzanos are huge and by far the most prolific producer, but they’ve been the last to ripen with most still bright green. In the nice to grow, but probably won’t make next year’s cut, are Brad’s Atomic Grape and Indigo Rose. Brad’s Atomic were super sweet, but not only did their size vary fairly dramatically, they were also a bit hard to tell when ripe and often ended up splitting The Indigo Rose were beautiful, but the taste was just okay. And of course, there are my perennial favorites that will always have a place in my garden life Juliet (you know I LOVE this one!!), Romas and the Bumblebee series. I truly missed having Sun Gold and Tiger Stripes, so they’re a must have for next summer. What’s been your favorite tomato this season?💚 . . . . . #heirloomtomatoes #mainegarden #gardentotable #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #gardengrown #grownfromseed #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies #gardeninglife #gardenchat #thehappygardeninglife #growwithjohnnys at Maine

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It’s chilly willy out this morning☃️ We danced with a low of 39ºF, making me reach for my old uniform of wool and fleece immediately upon hopping out of bed. With the fresh, brisk air comes a new breathe of hope and excitement. Rather than my usual mourning of the coming of the end of the growing season, I’m getting excited to do my best at cleaning up the garden and looking towards next year. My sweet husband surprised me yesterday by cleaning up the area behind my studio where I’m planning on moving my veggie patch to. My current garden will be focused on flowers and herbs, though there’ll always be spots for some veggies to intermingle. The new veggie patch will be a creation of Hügelkultur and raised beds. It’ll be a bit challenging as our woods don’t quite offer the level of sunlight needed, but that never stopped me in my other garden area. It was a tough decision to acknowledge that it was time to start anew, but the pests I’ve battled over the past two years only confirmed it. I’m probably the most excited about really investing in some perennials, especially vining ones, and spending the winter months designing more permanent trellises for my current garden area...picturing a plethora of hops and clematis already. Care to share your favorite perennial to plant? Especially ones that don’t mind part shade?😊🙏💚 . . . . . #gardenlife #mygarden #mainegarden #garden_styles #garden_explorers #gardenlovers #organicgardening #gyo #grownfromseed #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #growfoodnotlawns #kitchengarden #veggiepatch #backyardgarden #homegarden #gardentime #gardentherapy #thehappygardeninglife #woodlandgarden #gardeninglife #inmygarden #countrygarden at Maine

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I keep thinking tomato season is winding down, but as I try to find my dining table under there, my husband reminds me that I’ve been saying this for the past few weeks😂🍅 There’s a tiny bit of irony in that we’ve had so much garden goodies to feast on lately, but we’ve had no where to sit and eat them because pretty much every table is covered in scenes like this...beans have overtaken coffee tables, onions and garlic have commandeered the sideboard, and don’t even get me started about the hoards of herbs drying everywhere...let’s just say there’s a lot of ducking to do. And now here come the pumpkins and gourds😂🎃 Who else’s home sounds like this right now? I know it’s not just me...I hope😊💚 . . . . . #heirloomtomatoes #growwhatyoueat #mainegarden #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #gardengrown #grownfromseed #thehappygardeninglife #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardentotable #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #frommygarden #growfoodnotlawns #autumngarden #veggiepatch #gardeninglife at Maine

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Let the hoarding begin!! It’s the most gourd-geous time of year here in New England and this morning gave us our first real taste of Autumn weather (it was 50ºf when I woke up, a nice relief from yesterday’s crazy almost 90ºF heat). So, in honor of donning the first sweater of the season, I felt it was fitting to harvest a few of the pumpkins and gourds that have taken over my garden floor. Before you know it, every table and shelf in my house will be adorned with these happy orbs…and I can’t wait!! The gourds in particular are so cool to have, as they’ll slowly change hues over the next few months. They all keep like a dream, so much so, that they not only be the guest of honor at the Thanksgiving table centerpiece, they’ll even have a staring role in my Christmas decorations. Cheers to a wonderful weekend!!🍂💚 . . . . . #pumpkinseason #inmygarden #gardeninglife #mainegarden #autumngarden #gardenharvest #fall2018 #autumncolors #autumndays #mainelife #autumndecor #fromthegrange #countrygarden #organicgardening #greenthumb #gardenlovers #gyo #gardenlife #mygarden #grownfromseed #homegarden #backyardgardening #gardeninglife #gardeninspiration #gardentime at Maine

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Incredible edible flowers🌸 I bopped about the garden collecting one of the last hurrahs of edible blooms before they bid adieu. While the garden is still bursting out vibrant hues, it’s undeniable that Autumn is approaching. As the acorns begin the constant drum of pitter patter and the leaves start their gentle cascade, I look forward to Nature’s grand finale of the rich, jeweled hues of Fall. Knowing that the monotones of winter’s palette are not too far off, I relish these colors and mentally soak them in. So, much like those gorgeous runner beans from yesterday, I’ll probably just sit and stare at these flowers more than actually eat them. Some I’ll dry and jar up, others will be pressed into the pages of books…memories of garden dreams. Already plotting out my hopes for next year, and they’ll definitely include many more of these captivating blooms. My ever-growing seed wishlist and I want to know what your favorite edible flower has been this summer?💚 . . . . . #edibleflowers #eatflowers #inmygardentoday #mainegarden #freshfromthegarden #herbgarden #fromthegrange #countrygarden #flowergarden #organicgardening #greenthumb #gardenlovers #gyo #gardenlife #mygarden #grownfromseed #homegarden #backyardgardening #gardeninglife #gardeninspiration #fromthegarden #growfoodnotlawns #gardentherapy #gardentime at Maine

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There’s magic inside that pod…The first time I grew runner beans, I was immediately hooked. Their gorgeous, prolific vines instantly transformed my trellises into magical archways chocked full of blossoms that beckoned a constant stream of visits from my hummingbird friends. I primarily grow them for this reason alone, but when picked young, you can also eat the whole pods much like you would any green bean. If you wait to harvest as a shell bean, do not consume these shelled beans raw, as they contain a toxin⚠️ Happily though, you can cook them thoroughly, ensuring that they’ll be now safe to eat as the toxin is removed once cooked. Personally, I just like to harvest them and keep as dried beans (as they dry, the beans take on a deeper, darker hue). You can use these dried beans as you would any other dried bean, but I just love to keep them as eye candy in a jar on my shelf so I can gaze at them during the dark winter days when I need a reminder of the new season to come. My go-to varieties are Scarlet Emperor and Sunset. Anyone else grow this heirloom beauty in your garden?💚 . . . . . #gyo #organicallygrown #grownwithlove #veggiegarden #mainegarden #veggiepatch #gardenlife #mygarden #vegetablegardening #grownfromseed #homegarden #growsomething #kitchengarden #backyardgardening #ediblegarden #fromthegrange #zone5 #gardenfresh #thehappygardeninglife #homegrownveggies #gardeninspiration #fromthegarden #growfoodnotlawns #gardengrown #gardentime at Maine

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And breathe…the full court press of the end of summer vacation has come to a close. I meandered about the garden this morning, hunting and gathering these veggies from a jungle of leaves, vines and teetering trellises. Upon first glance, the ol’ garden looks like she’s been on a wild bender, yet she’s still providing, you just have to look a bit closer. Truth be told, I haven’t plucked one single weed since the first week of August and am now growing a sea of rag weed. There could be tomato horn worms out there, but I haven’t looked for those guys either🐛 And I’ve also turned a blind eye to the powdery mildew that is running amok across my squash plants. Rather, I’m just soaking in what remains, as I know we’re coming to the close of our season soon enough. Gone are my frets and garden woes, all that remains now is simply pure appreciation and peace…and a fridge full of more cucumbers than any family should ever have😉 Here’s to a beautiful week!💚 . . . . . #grownfromseed #mainegarden #grownwithlove #growyourown #gardentherapy #backyardgarden #fromseed #gardentotable #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #inmygarden #mygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies at Maine

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Hollering for jalapeños🌶 Being a Northern grower whose garden is cloaked by the woods does not make for ideal growing conditions for hot peppers, but thankfully Early Jalapeños have been a true and constant provider for many years now. I’m hoping to save some seed this year as I had a bit of a hard time locating some last year. I’m very happy to also have had relatively good success growing shishitos for the first time this year. While technically not a hot pepper (only 1 in 10 are supposedly hot...still haven’t stumbled upon any hot ones yet), they have been the most delicious snack to nosh on. What’s been your favorite hot pepper to grow this year? My ever-growing seed wishlist wants to know😀🙏💚 . . . . . #jalapenos #gardenharvest #mainegarden #farmtotable #organicallygrown #veggiepatch #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #organicgardening #grownfromseed #summergarden #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #mygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies at Maine

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Happy happy September🍂 It feels like I blinked and missed August, it’s been such a nutty past few weeks. My poor garden has been neglected, but that hasn’t stopped it from continuing to provide yummy gifts. While I was not a fan of the record-breaking heat and humidity of last month, my tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers were, making it the most productive summer for these heat-lovingly plants in many years. My dining room table is buried under baskets of tomatoes waiting patiently for some sauce-making, but they’ll have to wait a little more because school starts back on Tuesday and I’m in that Hail Mary pass of motherhood scrambling to get my boys ready😱🚌 I have loads of IG catching up to do. I hope you’ve all been well, missed my garden pals💚 Here’s to a wonderful weekend and a gorgeous new month!! . . . . . #harvest #mainegarden #gardentotable #gardenharvest #organicallygrown #organicgarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #homegarden #gardenlife #gardenlovers #gyo #gardengrown #grownfromseed #summergarden #zone5 #fromthegrange #gardeninspiration #greenthumb #homegardening #inmygarden #mygarden #vegetablegardening #gardenveggies #eatfresh at Maine

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Chatting Cucamelons…Did you know that Cucamelons form a tuber much like a dahlia? I grew these pretties for a good three years before I had any clue about that, but now, I’m much older and wiser😉 Cucamelons grown from tubers, as opposed to seed, gives you that jump start on the season, along with a more prolific harvest…as if that’s even remotely imaginable considering two plants provide more fruit than any family could ever eat😂 But, of course I want earlier and more, so after the first frost hits, I’ll go carefully dig up my Cucamelon tubers and store them in a pot of soil and keep in a cool, frost-free spot for the winter. Then, come Spring, around 6-8 weeks before before your last frost, it’ll be time to pot up those tubers and get them sprouting for a new season of yummies.Did you Cucamelon this summer?💚 . . . . . #cucamelons #gardeningtips #gyo #gardenlife #organicgardening #mainegarden #veggiepatch #kitchengarden #gardenchat #ediblegarden #vegetablegardening #gardeninglife #inmygarden #mygarden #grownfromseed #homegarden #backyardgardening #fromthegrange #summergarden #gardenveggies #garden inspiration #fromthegarden #gardengrown #gardentime #gardeningisfun at Maine

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