I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Friday, September 22, 2023

Summer is done and dusted.....

September 22, 2023

 We are having a lovely stretch of warm, sunny days, great for working outside and getting things done. There has been a touch of patchy frost two nights running, but it wasn't severe, and I covered the cherry tomatoes, (which are bearing like crazy), the pepper patch, and the watermelons.

A few pictures of some of the pretty flowers that are blooming. The marigolds are a bevy of cheery blooms.

The two-tone red glads are still putting out blooms. Some have just little streaks of white, while others are more flamboyant.

A packet of wild flower seeds tossed on some bare soil this spring, have finally produced some blooms. A few cosmos, (see the tiny spider on that one?),

and some red poppies are blooming now....
as well as a pretty pink thing, perhaps a mallow of some sort(?) with a very beautiful star shape in the middle.

I am still waiting for the red peppers to turn from green to red. I harvested most of the green peppers, diced and froze them. This summer's patch has been a lot less productive than last year's. I left the smaller green peppers on the plants, hoping that maybe they will get a little larger. Until a severe frost is forecast, I am leaving them alone and will continue covering them on cool nights.

The watermelons have continued to grow. There are 6 of a decent size, and we sampled one about a week ago. It could have used some more time on the vine, but it was so very sweet and juicy.

 One of these will be our next victim!

The bush is still mostly green, a tinge of colour showing up here and there. 

Pickling and preserving is in full swing. Cucumbers are done. This is the last batch of pickles.
I don't usually reuse store bought pickle jars, but I have used up all my quart sealers on the amazing cucumber/pickle harvest we have enjoyed this year.
It is now tomato and apple time. I had to strip the fruit from my tomato plants a while ago, as the plants were badly blighted. Every couple of days I sort through the tomatoes spread out in boxes, processing them as they ripen. A batch of chili sauce is cooling on the counter now. 

Apple slices have been dried and frozen, the first batch of apple sauce is on the shelves, tomorrow will see another batch canned, and hopefully a third one will keep us in sauce until next year's apple harvest.

Hubby has been busy....

He has made a box with 2 inch thick white cedar planks he milled, levelled the spot in front of the slab retaining wall beside the root cellar's entrance, and buried it. He built the frame to fit the window we found up in the barn loft when we moved here. Now for some soil and some seeds!!!




  1. I tore my tomato and bean patch apart after dinner. Didn't know there was a nettle in the middle of it! OUCH. Are you getting smoke from the brush fire at the airstrip? We're getting paranoid about these brush fires.

    1. Apparently all the rain encouraged blight on a lot of folk's gardens this summer. I've never had it before. Still have to clear out the bean plants. So much to do this time of year to get ready for winter.
      No smoke here. How big was the fire?

  2. Your cold frame looks fantastic! Buried like that is a great idea. I know you will get a lot of use out of it. Sounds like you've still got a lot of garden productivity going on. Frost though, I'm not ready for that!

    1. I am thinking of painting water jugs black, and burying them in the back 1 foot for heat sinks, as it will be awkward accessing the back. We used what we have, so try to work around as best we can. It will all be an experiment, but hope to grow greens later in the fall and earlier in the spring.
      The garden is mostly flowers now, although the squash patch, and potatoes have yet to be harvested, and the herbs soldier on.

  3. You say summer is done and dusted but doesn't sound like your garden is yet! Isn't it wonderful all the home grown food a garden provides? Our Zestar apples are very close to ripe and the Honey Crisp are close behind but we don't have much of a crop on any of the other trees. Darn. Just too cold (and long) of a start to our year. It's amazing the things you two keep doing to add to your self-sufficiency on your homestead. So interesting to follow. Happy first day of fall!

    1. Exactly, Mama Pea....summer is over, today is the first day of fall! Happy fall to you as well.
      Apples we do have, so furiously stashing them away in many forms. (Taking a break while another canner full of sauce does it's thing.) This year I have also foraged choke cherries, (had to share with the Bruins. It was neighbourly of him to leave a calling card full of choke cherry pits in the front yard, so I went hunting for them!), and blackberries which are stashed in the freezer for later processing.
      It has been a cool, wet summer here as well. Things got off to a slow start, but now feeling overwhelmed as there is so much to do to get ready for winter.