It's the end of the first summer in our raised bed vegetable garden. Check out what's still growing in September and October as the summer winds down. Find all the garden fresh produce harvests and recipes to use them!
The End of a Beautiful Garden Season
Our first year in the garden is coming to a close. October is starting to feel pretty cold and some nights in the 30's are ending the garden season. I pulled all the peppers, some ripened to red and orange but many I picked green. I sliced a bag for the freezer and am eating them as we can. We still have enough kale outside to last until Christmas. The Swiss chard seems to be handling the cold and there are a few pumpkins on the vine.
The End Of Autumn Harvest
Some very rainy weather in September ended our tomato season. We got a ton of tomatoes, but also had to throw many away that rotted instead of ripened. I made big batches of Freezer Marinara Sauce and plenty of Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo. The cucumbers were also a big success and we made some refrigerator pickles and have just been eating through the rest. The green beans grew all summer until October. The broccoli is slowing down but still alive and sending out a few florets. I've frozen some for making Tuna Broccoli Pasta Bake as the weather cools down. We are pulling a carrot out of the ground here and there but next year I'll plant more.
Plans for Next Year
Overall, it was a successful first year, we absolutely loved it and grew an amazing amount of garden fresh produce. A few lessons and plans for next year:
- less kale, less green beans
- give the tomatoes more room, 6 plants to a bed instead of 8
- more carrots
- try asparagus, onions, Brussels sprouts
- when cauliflower looks ready, cut it, it goes bad fast