September is coming to a close. It’s crazy to think that the month is nearly over. I feel like it only just began and suddenly it’s almost done. This month saw several shifts in the weather. First, it was fall weather, then summer returned for a week, and then fall was back! While I love fall, it does signify the end of the growing season for us. The weather this month had a strange effect on the garden, as many plants started to die off and then rejuvenated with the warmer weather returning. In the end, the garden is coming to an end. This garden update September 2019 will cover how the harvest went and what, if anything, is still left in the garden.
Garden update September 2019
What’s growing well
At this point, there really isn’t much going on in the garden.
However, earlier in the month things looked much better. The bean plants were loaded and honestly, I wasn’t surprised. The beans have always been the top producers in my garden. Even with an early dose of cooler weather, the beans did really well. I have learned over the years which beans do well in our cooler climate. This means I can always rely on my beans to produce what we need.
One bed of carrots is doing really well. I pulled a couple just to check and was surprised by the size of them. Carrots can be so hit or miss, especially with a short growing season. Plus you never know how big they will get. A large top doesn’t always mean a large carrot.
Initially, the cauliflower was doing well. I had wondered if it would produce any heads, then out of nowhere, I spotted some small ones forming. This was the first year I’ve had cauliflower successfully grow. I watched these heads closely and was excited to see them growing. While I didn’t expect them to get very big, there would be at least a dinners worth. Then the inevitable happened. One day, I had several nice small heads and then next they had been ravaged by insects. It was disappointing but I will just try again next year.
What we harvested
I was able to get several harvests of beans over the course of the month. In fact, I got so many beans that I was able to can 19 pints worth. Canning is my go-to way of preserving our beans for the winter. On top of this, I also harvested enough for several dinners worth of fresh beans. It was a nice treat to go out into the garden, grab a few vegetables and cook up a delicious meal.
The carrots in one of the raised beds were really struggling, so I decided to pull them all. Even if we had another month of good weather, they wouldn’t grow enough to make it worth the wait. While it was sad to pull them early, especially since they were so small, it did provide us with some nice snacking carrots and enough for a few dinners as well.
I had to unexpectedly pull the cabbages this month as well. They had been doing really well and I had hoped to leave them as long as possible. However, one day I noticed that slugs had decided to have a feast, destroying the biggest cabbage overnight. To save them, I pulled the rest. Unfortunately, I was only able to salvage four of them. We have eaten one already and it was absolutely delicious.
The herbs did quite well. Especially the parsley. I lost track of how many times I harvested that plant and then it was huge again. We used it fresh in many meals but I dehydrated most of it. The basil struggled a bit, especially when the first batch of cooler weather hit. Even so, I was able to harvest and dry quite a bit of it. I also was able to propagate some of it to grow indoors.
Is there anything left?
As a matter of fact, yes! Despite pulling most of the plants, either to harvest or remove this last week, there are still some plants left. With the shift into fall, the plants have really stopped producing and it’s my least favorite time in the garden. While I am glad that I was able to get as much out of it as I did, it’s time for most things to go.
The carrots are still in. Or at least one raised bed worth of them. However, that bed is doing really well. I always leave the carrots until the very last minute – often harvesting them during or after our first snowfall. I swear the cold weather makes them sweeter.
Although the broccoli plants are still in the garden, they bolted some time ago. However, the flowers are still bringing in bees, so I have not pulled them yet. I don’t want to deny the bees and other pollinators and food source this late in the year. With luck, I will be able to harvest seeds from the plants before winter comes.
I also have the Swiss Chard left. It kind of got swallowed up within the cabbages and I lost track of it for a while. Now that the cabbages are gone it has a bit of a chance to grow more. However, I will probably end up harvesting it within the next week.
The only other significant item in the garden is the horseradish. It has been growing for three years. I am hoping that this is the year that the roots are finally large enough to harvest. If not, I am going to pull them as they are wasting space that could be put towards something else.
Front flower garden
Ah, the ever neglected garden. Honestly, there isn’t much to report on this one. The flowers are still alive but are showing signs of slowing down. Honestly, I often forget that this garden is there. It doesn’t produce food so I pretty much ignore it.
However, one big positive is that the chocolate mint plant is doing amazing. It has easily doubled in size over the month. Plus the fact that it has kept spiders away from my front door is a major plus. I need to start harvesting and drying the leaves soon.
That’s it for the garden update September 2019. Though my garden is coming to an end, I am thankful that I put in the effort. Being rewarded with fresh herbs and vegetables is one of the main reasons I spend my summer gardening. It can be a lot of work, but the end result is absolutely worth it. How is your garden doing?