September (Not) Mid-Month Meanderings III

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I don’t even know what the date is… the 26th? 28th? I know it is most definitely not mid-month.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist sunflower

September is crunch time for summer preserving. It is the only time of the year I preserve in bulk. In fact, I have preserved very little since last September. Some preserved lemons, a batch of marmalade, and some frozen lemon zest (from my parent’s garden way back in January) are the only things I can recall.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist lettuce and kale

Lettuce and kale for fall and winter. I managed to overwinter lettuce last winter so I’m hoping for a repeat!

Then… pow… September! During the first 2 weeks of September, I preserved (in one fashion or another): 160# tomatoes, 30# cucumbers, 20# blueberries, 20# peaches, 20# strawberries, 5# jalapeños, 1# basil,  2 gallons of foraged blackberries, and 2 stuffed canvas grocery bags of plums.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist applesI picked part of the apples from one of the columnar apple trees. Crisp and sweet-tart. Yum.

Whew. This girl is done for 2012.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist peppers and chard

Our peppers have been prolific (for Seattle) this year. And I have  loads of chard and other various greens to overwinter. Yay!

But the garden? It is on autopilot. Thank goodness. It is safe to say that, in my less-than-stellar disgruntled pissy mood, I am over it for the season. I want to rip it all out and put it to bed. You see, 2012 continues deliver fairly regular beatings. And I have had more recent conversations about death, menstruation, and (the musical) Wicked with the intensely curious (and not-yet-5-year-old) Babylady than my frazzled self can deal with.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist pole beans

I am continually blown away by how quickly pole beans mature. They are still going strong!

Anyway. I am done.

september 2012 mid month meanderings grow and resist cabbage

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