Friday, September 1, 2017

Greeting September

September has arrived.  This is what the North garden looks like today.  This morning, I pulled out the string bean plants and composted a few of the Early Annie tomato plants that were against the fence.  The tomatoes were starting to ripen, but the plant themselves were dried up.  I picked the tomatoes and will ripen them indoors.  All that is left now are marigolds, a large yellow sunflower, Ruby Eclipse sunflowers, a potted dahlia, and Tiger Eye beans. 

Jalapeno peppers

Big sunflower on the south side of the house.

Black Krim tomatoes

Bonny Best tomatoes

Some bees enjoying the "South-Side Sunflower".

Bea joined me as I did my rounds outside.


Raised beds along the north side of the driveway. The Galeux D'Eysines squash (I recently discovered that some people call these, 'Peanut Pumpkins') are starting to develop their warts in earnest. 

Heritage Mix heirloom dry beans

Gelber Englischer Custard squash

It is the season of the Annoying Swarming Black Flies.  I have always referred to them as gnats (usually through a clenched jaw and scowl, trying to spit them out from between my teeth) but read online recently that they are aphids. (Adult aphids?)  Whatever they are, the air is filled with clouds of them for several weeks at this time of year, and they stick to everything - flowers, leaves, vegetables, our hair, clothes, the get the idea.  I hope the mild weather we have been having continues (I don't think it has been cooler than 7 above overnight so far) but I will not miss these bugs once the heavy frosts hit.

Cattle beans, Meteor zinnias, and 3 not-exceptionally-productive cucumber plants.

Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye tomatoes

The potato patch looks raggedy this year.  It is full of grass and weeds (they were not all removed when the patch was tilled in the Spring.  If you want something done right, do it yourself...), the potato plants are small, and the Speckled Algonquin (dry/bush) beans are stunted.  The cherry tomatoes and Meteor zinnias on the side are doing well, though.  I am curious to see how the potatoes fared when we dig them up later this month.

Ajvarski peppers.  These are sweet frying peppers that are supposed to be red. 

Bea, supervising as I go to fill a watering can from the rain barrel.

Happy.  Look at those whiskers.  :)

Our apples are ripening nicely.  I can smell the apple crisp already.


Mazarini tomatoes

Purple Cherokee tomatoes

A bit of rosemary

Beautful Bea


  1. Beautiful, Dawn. It's sad to see your growing season is ending so soon.

  2. Thank you, Audrey! Some things bit the bullet early (like the peas), while other things (like the winter squash) are surpassing my expectations. Every year is different! How did your garden fare this year?

    1. Most things came quite well. We have great crops of carrots, beans, tomatoes, a few asparagus and tiny little leeks. But we have a single pumpkin growing (out of 6 plants!) and my blackberries all sort of dried up and died after fruiting. It was weird. The beans are so thick and tall that they blew over and broke the supported during a day of strong winds last week (but the plants are still alive and doing well). No matter - I've enjoyed another year of puttering and that's really why I do it!