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N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  Goosegirl on 9/9/2013, 5:54 am

Well, I am a little late getting this started, as it is 9-9, but here we are!  For many of us, September means winding down the garden and getting things ready for the long cold spell coming.  However, because of the size of our region, there is still quite a variety of first and last frost dates.  Chime in and tell us all what you are doing in your garden this month, whether it is harvesting, building, cleaning, etc. 

The GGGarden still has tomatoes ripening, which I hope to extend for another month.  Our average first frost date is 9-16, but if I can get this box covered well enough when the first frost actually does arrive, we usually have about 3 weeks of great growing weather afterward.  Here's hoping!  This year I have my biggest batch of homemade compost to add to the boxes, so next year should be well-nourished.

What's up will all of you?

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Post  llama momma on 9/9/2013, 8:35 am

Still have loads of tomatoes. Frost comes somewhere around 10/7 . 
Today the plan is to get outside with my notebook to write down a summer summary of everything and clean up spent plants. Plant lettuce.  All this week and next I'm going to fork/consolidate compost heaps to make empty heap space for new Fall heaps. Fill kitty litter containers with compost and store in garage.  Also consolidate 2 storage leaf corrals into one so I can refill the empty one. First, better check on supply of ibuprofen..
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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/9/2013, 9:55 am

study and scouting around for the best spot to start an asparagus bed.
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Post  herblover on 9/11/2013, 3:30 pm

Still harvesting toms, peppers, chard and carrots; have new plantings of beets and lettuces to care for and harvest. Lots of canning still to do; applesauce, butter, and pie filling, spaghetti sauce and pickled peppers. Still hoping to roast and freeze batches of toms, stuffed peppers and chard.
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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  Goosegirl on 9/12/2013, 7:39 am

I just received my seed garlic from Filaree Farm yesterday in the mail.  Now I just have to fight the urge to plant it too soon! 

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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  llama momma on 9/12/2013, 9:07 pm

Here is my personal observation.
Last year I didn't know any better and planted my hardneck garlic mid Sept. instead of closer to mid October.  The garlic grew crazy. Most stood up right through snow, ice, etc., and some even got a little buried under frozen leaves that were suppose to act as mulch. When the nicer weather arrived they produced early bulbs without any real problems.  I vote for planting hardnecks early because the roots get established and proved to me it is really tough stuff that thrives in cold weather. 
Or else I had beginners luck. Wink
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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  landarch on 9/13/2013, 12:05 am

Still have a few green tomatoes left on the vines, lots of peppers, but ripped out cucumber vines to get ready for more fall planting.  Beet, Carrot, and Spinach seeds are struggling through the heat.  Cauliflower is planted (16 squares).  Pulled up many squares of poor beet seedlings to replant...maybe something else.  Squirrels have dug up carrot seeds several times over.  I think I'd like to do lots of garlic, onion seed, kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, radish, and possibly reseed beets and carrots.
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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  Goosegirl on 9/15/2013, 10:03 am

Well, here in NESD there is still no frost predicted in the 7-day forecast, but Friday we are supposed to dip into the 30's for the first time in this fall.  I will be anxiously watching the weather to know when to cover or pull in my last toms. 

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Re: N&C Midwest: Sept 2013

Post  2SooCrew on 10/2/2013, 8:03 pm

I am out picking high bush blueberries and wild cranberries ( just in time for the Canadian Thanksgiving - whole family is coming down for dinner )

Garden is all taken out - onions and garlic are in for next summer.
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