|A Prizewinner pumpkin grows large and orange-red as summer comes to an end.|
|Corn stalks dry after being cut.|
The 2013 Farmer's Almanac calls for a colder than normal winter with above average precipitation for the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Unseasonably chilly temperatures will reach as far south as the Gulf Coast. Last winter was so warm because of a most unusual combination of a North Atlantic and Arctic Oscillation that pulled warm air up from the Southwest, and a La Nina that kept the jet stream far north. Last winter was ideal for gardening year-round, but this winter looks to be different. So we are taking advantage of the remarkably cool August to get our fall garden in early. Nine brussels sprouts transplants were moved to the garden under milk jug covers - not to keep the frost out, but to shield from hot sun and hungry insects. Cabbage, broccoli, root crops and greens will soon follow. Since grass mow is so thick, it will make an ideal mulch to keep weeds down around our new plants.
|A bucket of compost went into|
each planting hole
|Superfreak pumpkins have an interesting appearance.|
|Brussels sprouts transplants underneath protective milk jug covers.|