Monday, August 22, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Twelve

I think that this may be my last weekly garden tour of the season!  Of course I still plan to share my garden with you all, but we have come to the point when there really is only garden cleanup, tomatoes, and potatoes left.  Not that tomatoes and potatoes aren’t extremely important, they absolutely are, but obviously there are only so many pictures of tomatoes and potatoes that one may want to look at.


Instead, this week I am going to talk a bit about how we are starting to clean up the garden.

Last week I shared with you that I picked all of our pumpkins.  It was early, but this has been an odd hot and dry summer in Maine, and they were ready.  In fact, I used one last week to make pumpkin soup – I know, it is still summer, but I had roasted a chicken earlier in the week so I had a lot of chicken stock, and thought, easy dinner, pumpkin soup (it was delicious by the way – served over brown rice).  But, I needed to pull the actual plant.

radish flowers

This week I also went to check my zucchini and there were a lot of zucchini.  I am happy to say that my experiment with the radishes planted around the squash plants seemed to work.  The zucchini (and pumpkins) had enough time to establish themselves in the ground and grow before the pests started to come, so while the pests were there, they didn’t do the same amount of damage to the plant.  Will this work again next year?  I’m not sure.  I planted cucurbits in three of my nine garden beds, which means that I can’t plant them there next year, and the other beds in the garden are not nearly as sunny, so I don’t exactly know how that will go.  However, I am planning on also trying out row covers next year to help combat the pests.  We shall see!



The tomatoes are still going strong, which is good.  The kale is growing, and I am still planning on leaving that until it is good and dead I believe.  I am still up in the air as to whether I will clean that bed out or not.  I need to pull the green beans out, but I think I might let the kale flower and re-seed itself again.  If there is some way that kale will miraculously show up in this garden bed again next year, I will be extremely pleased!




I have no idea what is going on with the potatoes.  I can’t actually see the plants with all the weeds growing…but I know that they are there under the ground – at least I think they are.  I have been waiting for flowers to appear on the potato plants, to signify they are getting ready to be dug up, but nope, nothing, so I am still waiting to see.  Maybe in another week I will start digging up the potatoes, I really don’t know.  The last time I grew potatoes there were flowers on the plants, and then once the plants fell over, that was how I knew to dig up the potatoes.  This year, none of those things are happening, and my friend Google, as well as my handy dandy Reader’s Digest Gardening book (thanks mom!) doesn’t mention anything about the non-flowering varieties of potatoes!








I need to change that pile of zucchini into something to put away for the winter.  I love to make zucchini bread and zucchini muffins, but to make all of those things I wouldn’t have any room in my freezer for anything else.  Instead, I will be shredding up the zucchini, putting it in 2 cup increments in Ziploc freezer bags, and sticking it in the freezer.  It is super easy to do, and then anytime I want to make zucchini bread, all I need to do is take out a baggie and let it defrost.  This also gives me a few more options as far as using the zucchini.  I can throw it in soup, put it in chili, spaghetti sauce.  The options are really endless, and with it shredded it incorporates really well into most recipes I make in the winter without bothering anyone with a change in texture.

Do you preserve any food in the summer for the winter?

32 comments:

  1. You are so impressive with all the gardening. I didnt even know that I should plant certain veggies in certain spots or with other veggies. Maybe thats why mine never grow! haha... Good luck with those potatoes!

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  2. Everything looks so bright and fresh. Your garden is beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful garden! I definitely miss my mom's homegrown vegetables since I moved to the city.

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  4. It sounds like your gardening has been a success. Hopefully the flowers appear soon so you know the potatoes are ready. We don't preserve food ourselves, but I have family that does a ton of canning. We usually get some canned green beans and other veggies from them for the winter.

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  5. I think its such a passion hobby for you! I'm not sure I could maintain it like you do, but you do such a great job with it!

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  6. You have done so much better than I would have done. Good luck with those pesky potatoes!

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  7. I also really love zucchini bread and muffins. That's a great idea to just shred it up and freeze it that way :)

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  8. Heather, I have had fun this summer with your garden posts. Our garden was a good one this year and I loved watching your progress compared to mine. I need to look at the post with the pumpkins, I missed it!

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  9. My husband and I love gardens. He is more into actually growing a garden than I am. I am not very good with plants. We live in the city with a very small patch of yard, so we do not have the luxury to have a nice big garden. I think it's good that you keep a garden and document your progress. It seems like a beautiful journey!

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  10. I love seeing your garden week to week! It looks like you are having a good harvest!

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  11. The garden is still looking great! I wonder what happened to the potatoes though, maybe it's a little deeper than expected? I hope everything works out for you before winter comes!

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  12. Oh those pesky potatoes, lets hope they behave themselves in time for winter! Still your garden is still looking in good condition!

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  13. Just gorgeous! I wish I had a green thumb. This is the first time seeing your garden and I'm so impressed.

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  14. We mainly stick to flowers but after seeing all that yummy produce you have from your garden I am seriously considering starting a veggie garden for next summer. We do have sunflowers and strawberries but those zucchini look delicious!

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  15. I don't preserve any food for winter, but that is a great idea. I have been trying to save things I make before they go bad. Some people in my household don't seem to like leftovers, and I hate all the waste.

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  16. I don't have a garden because we travel all the time, but I so love gardening. Nothing like growing your own produce.

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  17. How does your garden grow? You can make a beautiful meal from your own backyard! How lovely.

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  18. That is how I always knew my potatoes were ready too - but they may be dormant - that happens as well. Hope you have a load of them - I LOVE fresh potatoes.

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  19. I am so jealous of your beautiful garden. All we got this year were zucchini and my husband let it go and didn't even pick them because he was so mad everything else died. Your veggies look delicious!

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  20. It seems as though your garden was quite productive this year. Ours is still producing. We are starting to get some bell peppers and cayenne peppers coming in.

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  21. Ah, I am so jealous of those zucchinis, they look fantastic!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  22. I didn't get to work on a vegetable garden this spring/summer like I hoped, but I hope to do so next year! There's nothing like having fresh vegetables...from the garden. :)

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  23. That sounds simply amazing. Such a nifty idea on engaging children and having fun while learning. Learning through play in a garden! Beautifully done!

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  24. I love your garden tour! I've tried to get a vegetable garden going but never seem to get more than a few veggies growing (if I'm lucky!).

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  25. Ooooo looks like your garden is really coming along!!! Makes me wish I had a green thumb!

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  26. What gorgeous produce. I'm so jealous that your green thumb allows you to grow such beautiful plants.

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  27. All of this produce looks so good, and I think it's awesome that you garden. Personally, I don't know anything about gardening, and I'm sure if I attempted to my two rambunctious dogs would ruin it. However, my friend has a small garden and has grown things like zucchini and whatnot!.

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  28. I've never preserved anything from my garden. Maybe I will try it when I plant next spring.

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  29. Wow, it looks amazing! It has come such a long way since you first planted everything. I really want to start a garden when I have more yard space someday.

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  30. beautiful garden! unfortunately for me, i can't keep anything alive! i swear, i kill everything i touch, so in the mean time -- i'll just be jealous of your work! ps: looks SO good and fresh!

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  31. Ooh I have garden envy right now...I can't wait to start my backyard garden when I move from this apartment

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