Monday, September 12, 2011

Early September Harvest

Can you believe we're approaching the middle of September already? I consider September to be a fleeting month in the gardening calendar but this is ridiculous. The garden is transitioning quickly right before our eyes (too quickly if you ask me) and before before you know it, most of our summer crops will be reduced to dust. The daily highs are expected to reach only into the 60's later on this week. Something tells me that our first fall frost will arrive earlier than usual this year.

This weekend, I picked all of my Sweet Banana peppers and pulled the plants to make room for some fall sowings of radishes, claytonia and mache. I'm a bit late with these this year but that's what happens when your garden is overtaken by mosquitoes.

The tomato vines are looking horrible now. Our paste tomatoes are still producing but the rest have succumb to disease.


The fall berries are coming in consistently, but a little at a time. I might try to root some raspberry canes next year to expand our current patch.

Finally, I ripped out our zucchini vines last week and discovered these two monsters. They are hard and heavy at this point. I wonder if they are even edible at this stage. At the very least, we can use them as fall decorations.


  1. Your raspberries are amazing. And those tomatoes are gorgeous! Sorry for the early fall - or maybe not. Sometimes it's nice when the garden is finished. And the zucchini - I just peel mine and then shred them in the food processor. They are great in chocolate zucchini cake.

  2. Fall is definitely coming, and here in Worcester county we are weeks ahead of you in Essex. On Thursday I was showing a fellow gardener my Sunburst patty pan squash and we counted 10 small fruit set on a healthy plant. By Sunday (no frost, no really cold nights) the plant looked almost dead and I won't get any of those squash. Oh well, at least the brassicas like this weather and my newly seeded lettuce is growing.

  3. You could always make zucchini capanota instead of using eggplant. I made it with zucchini one year. I make some every year and can it. You will love it! If you want the recipe send me an e-mail.

  4. Nooo, I can't believe that it is mid-September already, where did summer go. No wait, summer, what summer, it seems to be a no-show this year.

    Oh my, your tomatoes and peppers are beautiful. And the berries - yum!

  5. what a nice September harvest! I have a few big zucchini like that too. I remove the seeds, shred them and freeze to make cakes or muffins at a later date.

  6. Raspberries are nice! Ours are still growing....usually starts ripening just before frost, bummer! Atleast you've had good harvests this year, before frost.

  7. Those banana peppers look great! I think I may add them to the pepper collection next year :)

  8. Totally edible. Cut them in half length wise and then hollow them out and fill with chicken or ground bee/turkey, some tomato sauce and parmesean and bake until the rest is soft. Perfect!

  9. Try companion planting and other organic gardening methods to prevent plant diseases and pests for the next planting season.

  10. Your tomato plants may be going donwn - but they are giving you a great last hurrah! of production. :D

    Fall is fast approaching here too and our summer was actually just getting started for us. We had a brief (very brief) warm up but are back to upper 60's today and for the rest of the week with rain back in the forecast next weekend. The rains are what take down the tomatoes in this area. They do not like the cool moisture laden conditions and just molder into a giant mess. So frosts are not our doomsday event for the summer garden - it is the start up of the cold and heavy fall rains.

  11. Lovely photos and such beautiful tomatoes! I had to smile at your zucchini. I just picked a big one myself and just put a loaf zucchini-spice bread in the oven. Smells so good!