Solidago, boltonia, aster, helianthus, heliopsis, daylilies, sedums, buddleia, summer pointsetta, lipstick plant, and few early mums are in bloom. September bloom in my borders is soft and subtle.
There are those who would not find beauty in them. I guess because of the way “perfect” is promoted. In my yard you see a garden and borders that have almost come full cycle except for the mums. Dried daylily stalks make it look unkept. Certainly not picture perfect.
I’ve removed a lot of plants in preparation for next year. Many will be replaced with things that will add more structure and do better in hot weather. So there’s at least one or two bare spots in each border.
In the garden, buckwheat, oats and field peas, and cereal rye are up in beds that were available. Lettuce is almost visible from the entrance. Peppers are the stars of the September garden. Beautiful, big, lush and dark green! Harvesting everyday with dozens and dozens of peppers maturing.
Tomatoes are still producing in abundance. Where the vines have reached the tops of the stakes – they look bear — showing signs from whatever blight attack them last. New growth continues to cascade down the other side of stakes or cages and looks great. All are heavy with fruit except the Brandywine and Opalkas. I’ll not grow either of those again!
Harvesting tomatoes everyday. Roasting and making sauce to freeze at least twice a week —- plus all we can eat.
Strawberries renewing themselves. I’ve already cut the dead wood from my blueberry bushes and they look good.
I lost many of the new shrubs I had planted in the spring to drought. No more. I’m replacing them with my ornamental Japanese Silver Grass long about next March. It takes 3 years to develop but it’s tough and looks good in every season.
Planted Mizuna and Russian Kale in several spots OUTSIDE of the garden to “hide” them from the Harlequin bug. Still small but growing.
Crickets ate my radish, beets and all but 4 carrots. I’ll plant again.
Thanks to Bill’s help I have 6 spots dug outside the garden for tomatoes next year. Planted buckwheat in them today — which should germinate quickly with this rain we’re having. When it’s about 3 inches high I’ll dig it in and then wait a week. Then I’ll plant cereal rye and field peas in those spots. (I explained the cereal rye and field peas in the post on Early Blight.)
It’s been a good year filled with experimenting. I’ve added some new ideas to my way of gardening that I really like. I’ll dismiss what I didn’t like and go back to a lot of tried, true, and easier ways.
I’m really looking forward to next year and hope to get things in order before a hard freeze. Working in this wonderful weather will be so enjoyable.
I hope that seeing my “imperfect” gardens and borders helps you to appreciate yours even more than you already do.
Hopefully the year has been everything you wanted. I’d love to hear how you did and what your plans are.
Organic Gardening is easy, efficient, effective — and it’s a lot healthier.
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