There are a lot of reasons why I love September so much, not the least of which is that the garden is at its peak here in Minnesota in September. The tomatoes and peppers hit full production, the fall crop of raspberries ripen, pumpkins and squash mature into beautiful shades of orange and green, and many of the summer crops that have been looking a little worse for wear get a second wind as the summer heat loses a bit of its intensity.
I am excited to continue the #garden365 Photo Challenge for all these reasons and many more that I hope to capture throughout the month. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my favorite time of the year in the garden by taking a photo a day using the following prompts and posting it with the hashtag #garden365:
Whether your own garden is keeping your refrigerator stuffed with summer squash, or you were the recipient of a neighborly zucchini drop over the weekend, this is the time of year that we are all in the market for some zucchini inspiration.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to deal with the mid-summer zucchini flood and I hope you’ll share your favorites in the comments below: Read more →
My latest adventure in seed saving is two years in the making.
It all started last spring when I impulse-purchased a packet of mixed herb seeds from the store display for the new herb and pollinator garden. That night, I carefully emptied the contents of the packet onto a piece of paper and began to sort the seeds out, starting a few cells of each kind.
Just a quick Saturday post this morning to bring you the August prompts for the #garden365 Photo Challenge! I am so looking forward to August and all that the garden will bring this month and I hope you’ll join in or follow along with me on Instagram!
This year’s garden layout did not come together easily. I usually start out with a general idea of where I would like the “big stuff” (tomatoes, peppers, brassicas, cucumbers, etc.), and everything else falls into place relatively easy, but this year I spent months sketching out potential layouts before I finally created something that satisfied my needs for both function and aesthetics.
Sometime in the last week or so, we turned a corner and it finally feels like “real” summer has arrived. These hot, hazy summer days always feel like home to me. The tomatoes are within inches of the top of the fence, loaded down with bunches of shiny green tomatoes. The different colors and textures of kale, beans, and artichokes intermingle into a low lying jungle across the raised beds. Old, familiar varieties return and new varieties unfold. The garden is punctuated by blossoms and seed pods that will be carefully saved for next year. If ever there was a time that the full potential of the garden is so close that you can reach out and touch, taste, smell, and feel it, it’s right now.
After last year’s bunny problems, I made sure that the rabbit fence went up around the raised beds immediately after the seedlings were transplanted. Things had been going well until I inadvertently left a very small opening in the fence when I removed the vertical garden fence to make room for the tomato cages last week. The gap was less than two inches, but sure enough, some hungry little bunny found that opening and squeezed its way in to feast on my pepper plants.
I am resuming the #garden365 Photo Challenge this month! While taking last month off after the birth of our daughter, I realized just how much I have enjoyed the creative challenge of finding daily inspiration in the garden and I am anxious to pick it up again–especially now that the garden is brimming with endless possibilities! If you are so inclined, I hope you’ll join in, too!