the september garden

pennsylvania crook neck squash

chantenay carrots

crepe myrtle



kale and cilantro

roma tomato

sweet pepper

morning glory

romas ready for roasting

parisienne carrots

Harvest Total thru September ~  537 lbs.

Herbs ~ 3 lbs.
Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Chives

Fruit ~ 95 lbs.
Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries

Vegetables ~ 439 lbs.
Kale, Lettuce, Endive, Spinach (9 lbs.), Cosmic Purple, Chantenay and Parisienne Carrots and  (57 lbs.), Sweet Peppers (19 lbs.), Japanese Long and Dutch Yellow Cucumbers (45 lbs.), Bush Beans (26 lbs.), Forum Onions (23 lbs.), Caribou Russet Potatoes (100 lbs.), Garlic (4 lbs.),  Beefsteak Tomatoes (3 lbs.), Roma Tomatoes (113 lbs.), Cherry Tomatoes (7 lbs.), Kohlrabi (6 lbs.), Golden Beets (4 lbs.) and Squash (23 lbs.)


The gardening season is winding down for us. We harvested the final potato bed and rounded out our total to 100 pounds. We have a number of potatoes awaiting use in the basement and I assume this supply will see us through the end of October. We are still gathering tomatoes and peppers, mostly, and fresh herbs as needed. We are currently about 30 pounds over our total pounds from last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if we break 550 pounds since we will harvest tomatoes and peppers well into October. 

The Pennsylvania Dutch squash finally began producing and each one weighted between 2-3 pounds. It has been nice to have fresh squash with our meals since they have been few and far between this year. The main issue is always squash bugs, and I admit we were not diligent to search for them this year. Like I mentioned before we didn't have as much time to tend to the plants, but hopefully next year we'll have more of a system in place to do so. We fared quite well without being hyper-diligent.

We enjoy ornamentals as much as food from the garden and each time I look outside I'm so thankful for all the color that continues to frame the yard. Rose of Sharon, Cypress vine, Honeysuckle vine, Cosmos, Zinnia, Butterfly bush, Crape Myrtle. Every color within view is a gift this time of year. 

The leaves are beginning to blanket the ground and there is that wonderful autumnal crispness to the air once again. It is a welcome feeling to replace the heat of summer. October will find us cleaning up the garden beds, amending the soil with  manure, leaves and compost, hopefully thinning strawberries and transplanting raspberries and then letting it all rest for the cold weather months.