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Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks


Date Posted: September 10, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks
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It’s September here in New Jersey zone 7a and that means many of the things we were growing our home vegetable garden are heading out, but it also means there a lot of things coming in, and many other leafy variety of veggies that we can get started. Not all is lost though, we still have peppers and beans from our summer crop.

Corn Season is Over - What To Do With Those Corn Stalks

So you, like us, grew a lot of corn in your home vegetable garden this year and it would be ashamed if they simply went to the compost pile. You are in luck, you can re-purpose those corn stalks first, and use them as decorations. Simply cut them down at the base of the stalk, and bundle them together, usually 3 to 6 per bundle, and tie them together with some twine. These corn stalk bundles make for a great fall decoration on the front porch.

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Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

Second Harvest of the Red Heritage Raspberries

A few years back I invested in some Red Heritage Raspberries. They are biannual fruit bearing plants. This means you get two harvests each season, once in the spring and once again in the fall. That brings me to my fall harvest right now, and it is unbelievable right now. I am picking and eating so many raspberries, I might turn into one. If you don’t grow raspberries, I’d highly recommend it.

Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

This Week's Vegetable Gardening Update Featuring Strawberries, Peppers, Beans, Corn Stalks and more!


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Now is a Great Time to Start Leafy Vegetables

Many people think that when the tomatoes start dieing, gardening season is over. That is simply not the case. The cooler months in the fall are a great time to start a wide variety of leafy green vegetables such as kale, lettuce, and spinach as well root crops like radish, garlic and beets.

Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

Peppers are Still Hardy in the Cooler Months

I have found over the years, that in my zone here in NJ, zone 7a, that once you have well established pepper plants, they will continue to produce up until our first frost. Then once that frost hits, they are pretty much done. Around here, that’s not until the first week of November, so I have plenty of weeks ahead of delicious peppers.

Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

The Pole Beans are Still Producing, but Coming to an End

We have had a great year for beans, specifically pole beans. We grew two varieties this year, Kentucky Blue and Kentucky Brown, and they both yielded far more than we will ever consume, so we made sure to give away and donate a lot of them. Next year we’ll grow more bush beans. I like to mix it up every year.



Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

With Cooler Months Comes More Strawberries

My younger son loves strawberries, so in my garden strawberries are required. In fact, I might have to expand the strawberry patch again next year. I simply can’t keep up with my 8 year old’s appetite for them. Lucky for us though, the variety of strawberries that we have yield two harvests, one in the spring and one now in the fall.



Strawberries, Raspberries, Beans Coming in and What to do With Those Corn Stalks

Don’t get discouraged because summer is coming to an end and you think you can no longer garden. The cooler fall months are a perfect time to grow and harvest a lot of different varieties of fruits and veggies. If you aren’t growing the perennials mentioned here, raspberries and strawberries, I would strongly suggest that you do. They are great additions to anyone’s garden.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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