Hello Garden Lovers! Hope you’ve been having a great week.
Have you begun to notice the shortening of the days? We woke up this morning and it was still dark outside! Seems like it happened all the sudden (although I know it didn’t) and we’ve been having another blast of summer here these last few days. But I’m feeling a bit conflicted about whether I’m ready to let go of summer or not. I am looking forward to fall, though, as it’s one of my favorite times of year for decorating and natural beauty. Especially when I have little pumpkins like this guy to use and all of our various gourds!
Last weekend I planted lambs lettuce in half of the aquaponics bed. Not sure if it will do anything in there, just being strewn about, but I have lots of seeds so I’m not worried if it doesn’t produce. As I mentioned in my projects post on Tuesday, we are hoping to get that bed in working order again before the winter…which may or may not be good for the fish we put in there.
I am planning to plant spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts (although I really have to get going with the sprouts), radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce and I think that’s about it — all for the winter season. Oh and I picked up some Bärlauch seeds a couple months ago so I need to figure out where I want to grow that too. Bärlauch is a type of wild garlic that is really yummy, especially as a soup or pesto.
We’ve got about 4 more large eggplants to harvest (and just ate 2 last night in eggplant parmesan with fresh salad — almost all from our own garden which was so awesome), a bell pepper, a bunch of jalapenos still (at least 2 pounds probably), some carrots, and tomatoes are coming ripe nearly every day. The onions should also be pretty much done. And the grapes need maybe a week or two still.
I have to regularly start checking our peaches and apricots to see if they are ready to harvest. We have a really nice crop this year (as opposed to a non-existent one last year — they all just fouled off before they were ripe) so I thought I would note a few recipes for canning and immediate enjoyment of the apricots and peaches I’m already looking forward to harvesting:
- Canning Apricots in Honey – via Simple Bites
- Canning Stone Fruits like peaches - via Simple Bites
- Maple Roasted Peach Crisps – via Kitchen Simplicity
- Low Sugar Peach Crisp – via Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
What we harvested this week:
- 1 heads romain lettuce
- Baby greens for 2
- 340g red tomatoes
- 220g yellow tomatoes
- 4 small goose neck squash & 1 quite small goose neck
- 8 or so small carrots
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