September Arrives

September has arrived, with slightly cooler weather and lots (and lots) of tomatoes.  Hard as it may be to believe, we’re still planting new seedlings.  This weekend, we planted starts for cabbage, lettuce, and mustard, and seeds for spinach, snow peas, carrots, and parsley (those last two probably won’t make it, but it was worth a try).  And there are more seedlings on the back porch, for more collards, cabbage, mint, and fennel.  Again, it’s all a bit of a roll of the weather dice–if the end of October is mild, we should get to harvest at least some of these.

Harvest has proved to be super busy for us, with lots of deliveries to World Peas (heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, kale, chard, and tomatillos) and busy days at the Thursday JP farmer’s market.  We’re probably peaking right now, in terms of how much we can harvest and sell this season.  Already, the potatoes have all been sold, and there isn’t much garlic or onions left.  The zucchini plants are just straggling along, though the cucumbers are going stronger than expected.  I did a rough summary from our spreadsheets, it looks like so far we’ve harvested more than 1,400 pounds of produce from our little 1/4 acre plot. I’m pretty sure we’ll break a ton by the time we’re done.

I’m still having as much fun as ever.  The other day, I was crawling on my hands and knees in the rain and mud, harvesting tomatillos, and found myself grinning.  I felt like a kid exploring the garden.  Farming continues to be completely engaging, mentally and physically in a way that’s completely addictive.

Here are some photos from the last two weeks:

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