Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Around the Garden
It is September in the garden, and that means tomatoes, and lots of them. Daily harvests are done, some roasted right away, and others put to sit on the windowsill to ripen a little more. Strawberries are rolling in, enough for a little sweet treat after dinner each night. Do you see those little strawberries, I don't think I have shared them before. They are alpine strawberries that I picked up on a whim last summer. Best decision ever. They are like little pieces of candy, so sweet. My little man was pretty darn proud of the eggplant he picked from his garden late last week for dinner. Watching him eat it was priceless. We still have cucumbers, green beans, zucchinis, Swiss chard, kale, and herbs coming in from the garden, although I do think this week will see the end of the cucumbers, and green beans. I am fighting a losing battle with the powdery mildew, it has just been too wet. I am going to dig it all up this week, with the exception of the pumpkins. Hoping I can save those.
As we put parts of the garden to bed for the winter, other parts are full of life. The cold frame is growing well, and needs to be thinned this week. The two fall/winter raised beds got their tunnel support up this week, and were thinned. I have to admit, putting those tunnels up took the "I feel like a homesteader" feeling up a notch. It feels pretty awesome, and exciting to look outside and see them. We still have a few weeks before we will need to cover them, so for now the light row covers will protect the tender seedlings from bugs, and as it gets cooler we will add the frost protection covers. This is a huge experiment for us this year, it will be very interesting to see how it all works out.
I took a little time this weekend to decorate for fall. The front porch got dressed up with some corn husks, and mums. As soon as I can get my hands on some pumpkins, a little hit of orange will be added. Today, I will add some corn husks to the front fence, and we will be ready for fall around here, outside at least.
How are things around your garden?