Garden update 09.14.15 

So I know I promised a post about apple picking, but they aren’t as ripe as we thought they were. So for now I’m going to brag about our wonderful no hands garden.

 It’s been a bountiful year here at Gillis Gardens. So far we have pounds of green beans, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and zucchini in the freezer. We’ve canned tons of jam, pickles, relish and had a fantastic run at maple syrup. We enjoyed fresh salads and are looking forward to canning tomatoes, making sauce and salsa. We’ve had the best pepper season ever, and have dozens of assorted hot peppers drying. I’m making jalapeño poppers today- from peppers we grew!

We’ve had a long summer considering what a rough start we had this year. Winters are long and cold in Maine, but this last one seemed to hit us with a vengeance. As we turn the corner into autumn, we are reminding ourselves to enjoy the craziness of harvest- it’s already getting dark by 7:30… It really is only a hop skip and a jump til thanksgiving. 

Our zucchinis are coming in strong for now
  
Future poppers – recipe to follow sometime this winter I promise
  
These peppers are called Chocolate Bell Peppers, available thru Johnny’s Select Seeds
      

Another shot of our Chocolate Peppers- they turn brown as they ripen
 
This is one of our hot peppers- I think they look like little red lipsticks
  
Just one of our Serrano Pepper plants.
  
Oops! We really don’t like letting our zucchinis get this big, but what can you do?
  
A few onions- we only planted a small bed of yellows this year.
  
We only got the one watermelon to make it this year, but for no effort we’re happy.
  
One of our three cantalopes
  
A record year for our delicata honey boat squash.
  
We use marigolds to deter pests like potato beetles. Plus they’re a pretty addition to the garden.
  
Our days haul- peppers, squash, cucumbers, onions
  
The tomatoes we’ve picked over the last couple days.
  
These beauties will be the subject of a later post
 

Well I’ve got zucchini to shred and freeze, cucumbers to cut for more pickles, and a baby, house, chickens and kitty to care for. 

 

Izzybug and Pepperkitty
 
My next post is all about apples! We’ll probably my next 4 posts, actually. Apples are a big deal in this house. 

So until that time, have a wicked good day.

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