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Garden Notes: September 2023

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September harvest bucket

Rainfall 

  • 8th: 0.01″
  • 10th: 0.59″
  • 11th: 0.04″
  • 12th: 0.06″
  • 13th: 1.43″
  • 17th: 0.56″
  • Total so far: 2.69 inches
Temperature
  • range of nighttime lows: 53 to 70°F (11.7 to 21°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 77 to 92°F (25 to 33°C)

Weather Notes

Nothing noteworthy, just the welcome September slide of the temps from hot to comfortable. We could use a little more rain.

Planted:

  • lettuce
  • kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chinese cabbage
  • carrots
  • arugula
  • turnips
  • beets
  • radishes
  • Chinese broccoli
  • sugar beets
  • bloody dock
  • garlic
  • multiplier onions
Harvesting:
  • green beans
  • okra
  • slicing tomatoes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • bell peppers
  • daikon leaves
  • kale
  • collard greens
  • last of the pears
  • red raspberries
  • muscadines
  • yam berries
  • watermelon
  • pecans
Besides planting, my gardening activity is picking every other morning. Most things have slowed down, but a few are still producing well.
The green beans have responded to the cooler weather by stepping up production. This is welcome since I wasn’t able to do a second planting this year, which I had planned to replenish the canned green beans in my pantry. We particularly like Green Bean Caesar as a side dish in winter, so I like to keep them around. While I didn’t get a large harvest, I was able to do some small batch canning. Every jar helps! We are certainly enjoying them fresh.
Steamed green beans and yam berries. Tasty!

Any leftovers are good in salads with cherry tomatoes and
green pepper. The dressing is my homemade Ricotta Ranch.

Here’s something I’ve never made before, pear fruit leather.

I don’t make fruit leather because we don’t eat it, but I had a last gallon of pear sauce that I wanted to dehydrate for powdered pear sauce that I had a problem with. The problem was that it wouldn’t dry out to a crispy enough state so I could pop it in the blender and powder it! After about four days of running my Excalibur, it was still soft. I hate to say it, but this may signal the end of that old food dryer. I firmed it up a bit more in a very low oven, cut it into strips, and rolled up in waxed paper. The jars were then vacuum sealed for good measure. So that was the last of the pears.
I decided to use my sole pint of frozen summer strawberries to make an ice cream pie. Ice cream is a summer treat, so I wanted to get an ice cream pie in before the temps dropped too much!
Strawberry ice cream pie with graham cracker crust.

It’s such a lovely pink when the color is natural. 
That’s about it for me. How’s everyone else’s garden doing? Done for the summer? Fall garden growing? Ready for a gardening break?
Parting Shot
Orb Weaver and egg sac

The next generation of garden helpers is tucked away under the eve of the front porch.


Source: https://www.5acresandadream.com/2023/09/garden-notes-september-2023.html


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