September On Our Minds

Greetings all! We’ve recovered (sort of) from the massive amounts of work we endured over Labor Day weekend (though the backaches have yet to subside), and we’re back with more from the garden. Late as it may be, we’re finally, finally, finally, starting to reap the benefits of our garden. We’ve gone on and one about the wet weather this season, so we won’t go on about it here or how it’s affected the crops. But ripening and harvesting has really started in earnest, and we couldn’t be more excited about the results. We’ve got a ton of pictures to share, so thanks for bearing with all the scrolling.

The whole of our carrot harvest. Okay, so they aren't the prettiest, but they'll be perfect for soup, bread, and a few other goodies (once they're cleaned, that is)!
The whole of our carrot harvest. Okay, so they aren’t the prettiest, but they’ll be perfect for soup, bread, and a few other goodies (once they’re cleaned, that is)!
The cherry tomatoes are ripening so beautifully this year -- like jewels they are! And we're thrilled that some of the heirlooms are ready for eatin'!
The cherry tomatoes are ripening so beautifully this year — like jewels they are! And we’re thrilled that some of the heirlooms are ready for eatin’.
The watermelons still have a long ways to go. We're not sure how far they'll get before the weather turns.
The watermelons still have a long way to go. We’re not sure how far they’ll get before the weather turns.
The lone sunflower!
The lone sunflower!
Unbelievable, a honeydew melon is trying to make a showing! We're keeping a close watch on this one, hoping it makes it.
Unbelievably, a honeydew melon is trying to make a showing! We’re keeping a close watch on this one, hoping it makes it.
Please ripen!
Please ripen!
One relleno pepper is on the verge; and it may be the only one, but that's okay!
One relleno pepper is on the verge; and it may be the only one, but that’s okay.
Tomatoes...
Tomatoes…
...tomatoes...
…tomatoes…
...tomatoes...
…tomatoes…
...and you guessed it! More tomatoes!
…and you guessed it, more tomatoes!
The banana peppers on the porch are fruiting as well!
The banana peppers on the porch are fruiting as well!
And if we only get to eat these two, we'll be happy!
And if we only get to eat these two, we’ll be happy!

We’ll be back next week with more updates as the harvest continues!

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3 thoughts on “September On Our Minds

  1. anonymous 09/09/2013 / 1:19 pm

    We are also finally getting some produce from our garden. When I came back after Labor Day there were tons of cucumbers. I like my cucumbers small with hardly any seeds, so I couldn’t eat these since they were the sizes of a large zucchini. We did find a home for them by giving them away. A couple of days later the cucumber plants dried up. Why? I don’t know. We are getting potatoes, onions, beets, and the last of the beans. All extremely yummy. The tomatoes are slowly turning. We did pick a bunch and put them in the window for a final ripening. I’m really pleased that the large tomatoes (could be beefsteak) are very tasty. We neglected our lettuce so it went to seed, therefore I haven’t had my favorite lettuce and tomato sandwich. We are letting the last of the carrots grow and when they get picked I am going to try your recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Garden State-ments 09/12/2013 / 12:11 pm

      After a lot of waiting, we finally dug into one of our ripened heirlooms, and it was really delicious! Very sweet and very tomatoe-y — nothing like those imposters in the grocery store. Our cucumber plants have also mostly shriveled. A few still of the vines left have old cucumbers on them, which we will soon be cultivating into the soil. We had a little heatwave here earlier this week, which we hope pushed some more tomatoes to ripen. But there are still so many green ones left. Fried Green Tomatoes, perhaps? Let us know how it goes with the carrots. 🙂

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