Sunday, August 31, 2014

Garden Share Collective - September 2014

Beds 1-3

August was a great month in the garden, but it lacked the usual rainfall. Our average is 3.5 inches in August, but we got half that and it was all on one day. So I watered the garden a lot. But because of that we had a lot of sun and the plants were for the most part happy.

Beds 3-8

I had mosaic virus show up in my celery plants. I got a small bit of harvest, but not much. The Kentucky Wonder beans got rust before even producing much at all. I pulled them early. I left in the Golden Gate beans that seem more resistant, but they too are starting to succumb. I think next year I won't grow Kentucky Wonder any more. Rust is just too prevalent here. I will probably grow fewer beans too. I got enough with just the Golden Gate beans and I only had six plants.

Circle Garden with beds 6-8 in the background

The insect pests weren't too bad, but the aphids are starting to show up. I successfully kept my zucchini alive through the squash vine borers only to find out why they weren't producing well this month. I had a wall of cucumbers along the back of the bed and the cucumbers were blocking the sprinklers. So the zucchini didn't get any water. I'm surprised they survived at all. Now that the problem has been diagnosed and fixed they are starting to produce. But sadly that bed doesn't get much sun this time of the year, so I won't get a lot.

August Completed

  • August 1st Cleaned and Stored the Garlic
  • August 1st, 5th, 11th, 18th, 23rd, 29th Watered Garden
  • August 4th Transplanted Kale underseeded with Cilantro, Mache Bed 4W
  • August 7th Transplanted Lettuce Bed 3W
  • August 16th Removed Kentucky Wonder Beans
  • August 17th Removed half of the Cucumber Wall
  • August 19th Seeded Bok Choy and Choy Sum Bed 7E
  • August 24th Seeded Turnips Bed 2W, Seeded Radishes Bed 6E
  • Braided onions for storage as they dried
  • Took down corn plants as they were harvested (not completed yet)
  • Have been keeping the zucchini cleaned up so mildew doesn't take over
  • Did some weeding but not enough


Almost every day I harvested beans and cucumbers. Lots of cucumbers. More cucumbers than I could stand. I gave a lot away. And I did weird things with them like make cucumber juice. If I had gotten more of them I think I would have started leaving them on people's porches, ringing the doorbell and running away. Usually you just want to do that with zucchini, but my zucchini was being stingy this month with only about a pound a week. One week I got 15 pounds of cucumbers. And they have a third of the space that the zucchini has. I think cucumbers will take the award of "Most Productive Plant" this year. Some years chard has that honor.

Not to be left out I got a huge amount of corn in August. A lot of corn. We were very happy eating corn every day and not just a single ear each day. It turns out that three ears is my husband's limit. In addition to corn, cucumbers, and zucchini we picked broccoli, onions, celery, chard, kohlrabi, beets, and turnips. For herbs we picked parsley, basil, dill, and tarragon.

Oh how the peaches rolled in. I picked over 50 pounds from my one tree. This is its fourth year. Go tree! In addition I have started picking melons, both cantaloupes and Sensation melons. I have more out ripening on the vine. It has been a good melon year as they are very sweet and quite a few set. The last of the fruit harvested this month was the raspberries. I never get a lot at once. But I have enough to put some on my cereal every morning.


You see above the onion braids. I have more that were braided earlier. I have almost 50 pounds of storage onions hanging in the basement now. I also cleaned up the garlic and got that into the basement too.

I did a little canning. I canned peaches. I did some preserves, some cobbler filling, and above is some peach rum sauce. The latter I made for gifts. It tastes so good. In addition to canning I did some dehydrating of herbs and the aforementioned alliums.

As is typical I froze a bunch too - the little celery that was good, some chard, zucchini, and lots of corn.

My yearly totals that I've preserved for the winter so far:

  • Spinach: 24 servings
  • Chard: 10 serving (need 8 more)
  • Kale: 28 servings
  • Broccoli: 19 servings
  • Chinese cabbage: 7 servings, 4 soup packets
  • Celery: 5 cups
  • Zucchini: 8 cups
  • Corn: 16 cups
  • Cucumber juice: 2 quarts
  • Rhubarb syrup: 4 half pint jars
  • Gooseberry jam: 2 half pint jars
  • Peach cobber filling: 4 half pints
  • Peach preserves: 4 half pints
  • Peach rum sauce: 6.5 half pints
  • Dill Relish: 10 half pint jars
  • Mizuna Soup: 4 servings
  • Basil: frozen leaves
  • Cilantro: frozen leaves
  • Onions: 11 braids
  • Garlic: 9 pounds

September To Do

  • Keep up with the watering if we don't get rain (though we ought to)
  • Weed
  • Clean things up as the summer plants die off
  • Seed tatsoi
  • Seed spinach
  • Possibly harvest sweet potatoes, though I might wait until October
  • Sift through compost and turn pile

This post is part of the Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie at Strayed From the Table.


  1. Wow! What a harvest! Just amazing and you have such lovely lists of everything! What a star :D I start off all enthusiastic with lists then completely forget about them. Enjoyed the walk around the garden. If you need a recipe for using up your cucumbers, I have one for Bread and butter pickles! Let me know on the FB page and I'll post it for you. If FB isn't an option, then I can always email it to you.

  2. I am impressed. Your garden looks so productive and you have matched the garden's bounty with your own energy and methodical storage and preserving. Congratulations.

  3. daphne, i'm not only amazed and inspired by the abundance of your garden, but also the beautiful way you preserve it - the braided onoins stole my heart :-)

  4. Such great things in your garden Daphne. With us just coming into spring and about to sow summer vegetables, my mouth waters looking at your corn.

  5. Your garden, produce, preserving - everything looks amazing! How organised are you! Wow what an inspiration you are ...

  6. We must have had tour rain as August here has been wet wet wet.- over 100mm (about 4")

  7. Your harvest is absolutely amazing, especially your cucumbers, corn and peaches. I'm especially impressed by your cumbers as I've never had much success with them in Adelaide in our hot, dry climate. What variety of peach are you growing?

    1. Red Haven. it is quite a tasty peach even if we don't get warm enough here for truly great peaches.

  8. Yum peaches. Great onions too. I had mosaic virus on my beans, it looks like it has spread through my garden. Its a bit heart breaking that I now have to pull everything out again and resow else where. Hope you have another great month. Happy Gardening.

  9. Wow Daphne, so very productive! I love that you record your harvests. I did that for a little while but didn't keep it up. It gives you a tremendous feeling of achievement doesn't it? Your corn and peach harvest are fabulous and the idea of ringing someones door bell after dropping cucumbers made me giggle :-D I love the onion braiding, it is beautiful. I found a little video that showed how to do garlic so I am hoping that this year mine will look more like yours than the loose plaits I have managed previous years. I look forward to reading your next post.

  10. I am forever amazed at what you manage to get done and produce from your garden Daphne. And the records are so detailed. By the way, you could ring my doorbell with a few discarded cucumbers anytime - if I wasn't on the other side of the world that is - my five year old cannot get enough of them.

  11. What a fantastic account of your garden through the month! And I am truly impressed by how organized you are. I'm trying so hard to keep up with things right now but I just can't seem to get on top of my garden to do list.