My spring was so full of Little League baseball that I never got a chance to plant my garden. I prepared it, but never planted. The starters that I bought went to my neighbor who planted them. One weekend when we returned home from the shore, another neighbor had taken some pumpkin plants that had started in his compost pile and planted them in my big empty garden. I was so pleased. Unfortunately, the plants while growing large and producing many male flowers, never produced on single pumpkin. I’m wondering if the seeds that started these particular plants were GMO seeds that were engineered to not produce fruit. I have no proof, but I’m curious.


I know many of you have gardens that are starting to show signs of old age, so I thought I’d dedicate this weekend’s reads to the garden in the fall.


  • The sun is shining outside my window today for the first time since Sunday. It’s been raining all week. Here on the East Coast the past five weeks or so have been so wet that many gardens have suffered. Seed Library has some advice on how to save a wet garden if it’s not too late already.
  • Despite all the rain, my herbs are doing well because I did grow several containers of them. has easy ways to preserve the herbs from your garden and none of them require any special skills.
  • If you’re looking for books on how to preserve your garden’s bounty, Chelsea Green is having a Preserve the Harvest book sale. They’re offering 25 percent off their titles that deal with food preservation.
  • Here’s a handy September Vegetable Garden To-Do List from Pots2Plants.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Fall gardening tips
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