September Mid-Month Meanderings II

It is time to start thinking about tucking in the garden for fall and winter. Things are getting pulled, some seeds are now saved and I’ve realized I (yet again) don’t have all the fall/winter and overwintering crops in that I would like.

September is transition time up here in Seattle.  We are still picking some tomatoes and the last of the strawberries.  But the summer cucurbita have been pulled, finally having succumbed to powdery mildew and nearing end of production.

Welcome fall.

I’m buried in pole beans. They are threatening to take over.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september

Really, I can’t pick them fast enough.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september pole beans

Every single day= more beans. So many jars of pickled beans in the fridge.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september

From surplus to singular apple.  I thought our honeycrisp apple produced zero apples this year.  But yesterday I noticed this!

grow and resist mid month meanderings september apple

But the columnar apple produces reliably well with sweet, crisp apples.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september apple

Gorgeous rainbow chard. I should plant beds full of this just to gaze upon. Beautiful isn’t it?

grow and resist mid month meanderings september rainbow chard

The sunflowers are done. I saved some seeds for us and now the birds are happily gorging themselves.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september sunflower

Here too. Making a mess of the picnic table…but I kinda like it.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september sunflower

Oh kale, I’ve missed you. Yum, yum, yum.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september kale

Pickings for the nasturtium-sorrel-parsley pesto I made. (It was fabulous!)  I never have enough basil to make true pesto, so tend to use whatever I have in abundance.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september pesto pickings

Fennel and bees!

grow and resist mid month meanderings september fennel and bees

The lonely winter squash. It is a variety of acorn squash. We have exactly one.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september winter squash

I simply love this variety of lettuce, though I am not sure what it is. I love the spiky, yet tender, leaves.  It is apparently hardy because I dug it up and moved it a few weeks ago.  I haven’t been successful doing that with lettuce before.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september lettuce

Patch of lettuce. I can’t seem to grow enough lettuce. I have patches of it everywhere and it is never enough. What can I say? I love lettuce. I love salad. I’m part rabbit.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september lettuce

A friend, Lin, gave me this lovely Peruvian Ground Cherry that was cultivated by a dear friend of hers, Amando Barzola Hidalgo.  I can’t remember the name right this moment, but will edit later with the name.  Amando was a social justice activist/sustainable technology advocate/farmer so the variety is now known as Physalis peruviana v. Amando Barzola Hidalgo.  I will definitely be saving the seeds to carry on this variety!

grow and resist mid month meanderings septemberperuvian ground cherry

No garden post is complete with out the chickens. Aspen is clearly distressed that Calypso is yet again facing the morning with a mess of hair.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september chicken

Annie does not like being looked at while laying an egg. However, it takes her over THREE HOURS to lay her egg. EVERY TIME.  After some time has passed I just can’t help taking a peek.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september chickens

Ah, Mountain Mama. I love this girl. She is so pretty having a little sun time on fresh straw.

grow and resist mid month meanderings september chickens

They love their daily hand feedings.  Here we have Daddy, Calypso, John Denver and Mountain Mama (from upper left, clockwise) pecking at my hand.grow and resist mid month meanderings september chickens

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9 Responses to September Mid-Month Meanderings II

  1. Trish says:

    Looks like oak leaf lettuce to me. It’s one of my favorites too! It doesn’t seem to go bitter in the heat as fast as some others we’ve grown.

  2. Lovely photos! I’m drowning in beans, too — the family’s getting sick of ‘em for dinner every night, but what’s a gardener to do??

  3. Laura says:

    Here in New Zealand we call those ‘Peruvian Groundcherries’ Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana). I love them, a lovely tart-sweet flavour. I’ve got some seeds so you’ve reminded me to pop them in some seed raising mix so I can have some this summer (currently early spring down this end of the planet).

  4. carolyn says:

    Your chickens are so pretty!

  5. Sweet Dick D - el jardinero mayor, huepa je! says:

    Physalis peruviana, in Colombia, is known as Uchuva. delightful little fruits that should be eaten when the husk and the fruit inside, is golden yellow. and its a perenial as well!

  6. It’s a red oak leaf lettuce. I grow several of these, as well as Emerald Oak leaf lettuce. Burpee carries some seeds, as does John Scheeper’s.

    I love that you put the sunflower in the empty bird bath. I will have to try that!

  7. misterkrista says:

    Oh wow, Amando used to bring those ground cherries dipped in chocolate to the coffee shop to share. I also bought delicious sauces from him at the Olympia Farmer’s Market. He was an incredible guy.

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