What’s Happening In the Garden– September 10

I am hanging on to summer, that’s what’s happening here. With fall on our doorstep people keep saying that fall is their favorite season. I’m sorry, I just can’t join them, I’m a summer girl, that’s all there is to it.Β IMG_3094That said, the mums are getting ready to pop, which does help a little with the transition.
IMG_3093The oregano is still beautiful. I gave this a good cut back a couple of weeks ago. I’d like to dry some to enjoy this winter.
IMG_3091We still have plenty of green tomatoes. I’m hoping that the sun that’s forecast for today and the heat of tomorrow will help these along.
IMG_3089 The romano beans took off and are climbing. Next year I think I may start some of these earlier in the season. IMG_3085 This cute little gourd just peeked out and surprised me. I need to scrounge around and see if there are more hiding along the fences.IMG_3084 We still have zinnias!IMG_3083 And here’s the asian cucumber that I planted from seed in late July. It kind of took off. I don’t see much fruit but there were several bees flying around it pollinating the other day. It may still happen.IMG_3081 The morning glories reseeded from last year and are happy in the herb garden.IMG_3079 IMG_3076We have several banana peppers to enjoy. I may try drying a few of them.IMG_3073 Broom corn, so pretty! Next year we’ll plant a nice strong row of it and make some serious brooms.Β IMG_3070 Lettuce, with broccoli next to it. I’m kind of surprised by this broccoli. I wonder if it’s one of the few plants that likes being close to the chicken coop. I’ve been reading about broccoli and learning that it responds well to the high nitrogen content of chicken compost. The trick seems to be growing nice leafy plants before the flowers form. I think we may be on our way here. I’m growing these at work too but I believe that the heat on the rooftop caused flowers to form before the plants really matured. We deadheaded those, then composted and fertilized them heavily with poultry manure a week or so ago, so I’m watching and hoping that they’ll take off.IMG_3066We have lots of tomatillos, another nice surprise. I froze several over the weekend. It’s as easy as taking off the outer skin and putting them into a freezer bag. This week I’m planning to make some salsa verde, and I’ll likely freeze a nice gallon bag or two of them for the winter.
IMG_3061The foxglove is back in all it’s glory! I love this plant. It will probably reseed all over the place!
IMG_3102This is tucked into the front border on the outside of garden… is it ragweed or goldenrod? Pat at Commonweeder (one of my favorite garden blogs), just talked about this yesterday. I’m not sure, but I think it’s goldenrod.
IMG_3057And I’m already missing the black eyed-susan. It’s hard to see them go.

How’s your late summer garden doing? What were your biggest surprises this year?

Tell me about your garden, I love to hear from you!

Happy still summer! Enjoy Everything!




  1. lulu says:

    Like you, I want to hang on to summer as in Maine it is a very short season. My garden is done except for some herbs, cucumbers and a few tomatoes.


    1. It’s just so hard to let it go when we know we have a long New England winter ahead!


  2. nutsfortreasure says:

    I am so done with gardening this year really has been an off year. I have basil to make pesto with and place into small containers and freeze then place into large freezer bags for all my soups this winter and sauces.

    My Sunflowers have been the prize winners. Without them the garden fence would have been pulled out πŸ™‚

    So many of my beautiful perennials never came up this year. I will spend time with red wigglers and making lots of rich soil with compost, leaves, old bills that I will shred. I will not plant in the garden this fall or next spring it will rest while I grow everything in pots I can protect from 15 ” of rain and frost and wind πŸ™‚ I must garden it is who I am but I need to do it so I reap the goods πŸ™‚

    I think I will save a bunch of cash and spend on rich composted soil and lots of organic matter and keep building my flowerbeds if there are flowers all the rest can go to pot! lol

    So glad I get to view yours here.

    Have a wonderful September!


    1. lol, I love the flowers too Eunice… that’s one thing that cannot rest!


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  3. I’m letting the final tomatoes ripen and then I’m cleaning it out, filling with leaves and compost. And, like Nutsfortreasure, I may let my raised beds rest next year.


    1. It’s kind of tempting to do that. I wonder if it would help with the pests?


  4. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    Michele – You might wanna do some research on your broom corn. It might be different from regular corn which must be grown in a block rather than a row. Something about the way it pollinates itself via wind. This is the off the top of my head which suffers from an unreliable memory.


    1. Welcome and thanks so much for commenting and giving me the heads up, I wouldn’t have thought of that at all! We don’t grow much broom corn here in New England πŸ˜‰


    2. ps/ I love your blog and followed you…I see my friend The Blonde Gardener does too (she sent me the broom corn seeds!)..


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