A September to remember

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Hello Everyone,

I finally get to say hello to many more of you now that I am spending more time in the farm stand instead of in the farm. Our gladiolas and sunflowers are coming to an end but the cut flower bouquets will continue until the first frost. The zinnias continue to be beautiful but the other flowers are ready to pull. The greenhouses are almost empty of mums so if you want mums stop by soon. They sell out faster every year.

The kids will be rejoining us in the co-op sessions from the Cape Cod Vocational H. S. Jay has interesting projects lined up for the fall. I'm glad they were here during the spring and summer. We do many of the same things they do in their classes only we do things on a much bigger scale. I'll be curious to know if the things they learned this summer will connect with the lessons they have in their co-op program at the high school.

We're on the downside of the peach season. I'll talk to Don tomorrow morning and get a better idea of how long the season will last. The are using some season extender products that are helping the peaches stay on the trees longer and reach a larger size. It's all good. The apple crop is abundant. The pumpkin crop in the several farm I travel to is not so good. The winter squashes are starting to be harvested. We have some personal size delicata squash, which is a mild squash similar to butternut squash. We have corn once again but the supply isn't as steady as it has been in past years.

The lingering effects of the wet spring and summer are creating the high disease pressure on some of our favorite veggies. Some of you may be looking forward to harvesting your own pumpkins or squash. Please know that disease is showing up and it is wise to know the early signs of trouble. U. of Cornell has some of the best pictures of disease on cucurbits ( part of the gourd family of plants)

https://blogs.cornell.edu/livegpath/gallery/cucurbits/downy-mildew-o-cucurbits-early-symptoms/ In my view, anyone who has persisted with their garden and is still harvesting through September is to be commended. It is very tempting to say, "I quit. I'll just go to Sprout Farm and buy what I need." We look smart but most of what we have learned has come from learning from our many, many mistakes. My method is to ask a lot of dumb questions (when jay isn't around) from people who have been around longer than I have and have made more mistakes than I have, then explain what I have learned to Jay in three minutes or less. Sometimes information gets dropped accidentally but I am the driver who get to go to the other farms so he's stuck with it. So stick with your gardening. Scale it down to a manageable size. You will gain new skills and you never know when the will come in handy.

Cat - kitten relations continue to be strained but everyone showed up for breakfast this morning so that is good. I think Twix is dining at someone else's home because at 18 lbs he's getting to fat to hunt for his dinner. Ziggy is just shy of four lbs. and Bandit is close to five lbs. They found a new place to snooze at the stand; one that is almost impossible to see and is impossible to drag them out of. Well, you can always visit the fish for entertainment.

Farms across new England will soon open up their corn mazes. We have had the chance to see the games and activities at the Sauchuk Farm Maze in Plympton. It has lots of old fashion fun activities. (no batteries of WI-Fi required)

https://www.sauchukmaze.com/ If you don't want to travel off Cape, you can have fun at Crow Farm in Sandwich. https://www.facebook.com/CrowFarmCapeCod.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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