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Harvest Creations: Gardening To Do for September

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This is the garden on Sept. 1, 2014. See I did have every intention of getting this post to you sooner.
This is the garden on Sept. 1, 2014. See I did have every intention of getting this post to you sooner.

Oh dear me, I’m a terrible blogger, because I’m trying to be a good urban farmer/micro farmer/future master gardener. Too much time outside, and not enough at the keyboard. But can you blame me?

With the start of school, and the evenings getting shorter and cooler, there’s still much to do, even though school and shorter days makes it a bit harder. I’m still harvesting every day out on my Grow Foods Not Lawns plots. Today, in fact, brought in more zucchini (oh my goodness!), more green beans, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, and carrots. Here in Western Washington we’re enjoying a bit of an extended summer, so I’m thrilled that I’ll likely be canning well into October.

My Indian Summer harvest.
My Indian Summer harvest.

The last month I learned that I need way less Russian Red Kale. My family prefers the Lacinto and Large-Leaf Kale. Other than the chickens, I can’t seem to give the Red Kale away either. (I also owe you all a blog post on a recipe for a divine Kale salad.)

I have some ideas about new lay out for the garden for next year, too – but that’s something that will happen later in fall and early winter.

However, August did see me getting just about everything done on my to-do list. I’m sorely behind in my weeding, even given that at one point in the month I was caught up. I have been dealing with an injury to my hip/left leg that has inhibited my mobility; in fact, it kept me out of the garden for three days! For shame!

Even with my best pest-control efforts, the dang moles got to the roots of this giant sunflower. Man down!
Even with my best pest-control efforts, the dang moles got to the roots of this giant sunflower. Man down!

I had some troubles with the rose cuttings I did; but, Hubby and I took a class last weekend on propagating, so I’m hoping that with my new knowledge, we’ll get a successful rose start for spring planting!

I’m a bit behind on my mulching – procuring material has been a blocker to this – having a child starting college eats into my mulching budget. Other than that, I was able to move the flowers from the north-facing south bed to the south-facing north driveway bed. I weeded my fanny off, fought bunnies, cabbage moths, slugs, and aphids, and of course watered when I needed – although, we’ve been blessed this summer with rain just about when we absolutely needed it. I visit my local farm-supply store about once a week and have had to get jars, too. I hope to spam you with multiple Harvest Creation posts on my canning adventures and other recipes, soon. Parsnips, winter lettuce, spinach, successive carrots and cabbage were all planted and the spinach is just about ready for harvest.

So, what needs to be done for the rest of September besides harvesting? Plenty! This month is almost as busy as the prep months of March/April. In fact, you start prepping for spring now, as well as fall/winter harvests. Sorry, again, for the late entry on this; but, you’ll need to get this stuff done in the next two weeks – at least if you’re in my zone (a cross between 6-7-8, but mostly 7b).

Our first pumpkin harvest. It will cure in the sun for a week to make the skin nice and tough, then I'll store in cool, dry place before carving for Halloween!
Our first pumpkin harvest. It will cure in the sun for a week to make the skin nice and tough, then I’ll store in cool, dry place before carving for Halloween!

Here’s September’s To Do:

  • Get gravel and mulch in to complete the new flower bed along the north driveway
  • Continue to harvest
  • Pest Control
  • Weed
  • Water (although, I haven’t turned the soaker hoses on in weeks and hope to not have to)
  • Mulch (really need to get on this)
  • Tend to new growth of winter plants
  • Plant radishes
  • Pull “done” plants and put compost down
  • Propagate plants (strawberries, blueberries, honeysuckle, lavender, and cuttings from neighbor’s fruit trees) – I’m hoping to do a blog post on this as we learn more
  • Finish shade plant bed along south-side, north-facing fence
  • Figure out if we’re going to make a greenhouse or just turn south-window in garage into a make-shift one? (Currently the firewood supply is where I need to build a greenhouse and there are other home-improvement projects that may take my hubby’s time.)
  • Plant spring-time bulbs in between lillies, irises, and peonies bed (new bed along driveway).
  • Plant garlic
  • Go through and find volunteer plants and move to appropriate spot (I have volunteer pansies, snapdragons, lupine, and other stuff I need to move to appropriate places).

Whew!

That’s a lot of stuff I have to do in the next couple a weeks, along with putting food by and finishing my novel.

Best get to it.

Tell me what you’ve learned this growing season? How are you preparing for the next one?

 

It's been a banner year for cucumbers this year. We've done six batches of pickles -- all varieties. Look for a blog post on this soon.
It’s been a banner year for cucumbers this year. We’ve done six batches of pickles — all varieties. Look for a blog post on this soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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