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Garden Update 9/10 ~ Nearing the end…

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This update is all about keeping it real – my garden’s not looking so great right now because it is just about done. And {secretly} I am relieved. We haven’t had rain since the end of July. Yesterday it was 104 and today it’s approaching 100. The last few weeks have seen temps mostly in the 90s. It’s a dusty, nasty mess out here. I’m pretty much done with gardening…

September garden Everything is mostly dead except the tomatoes, the peppers, and the luffa gourds. They are all I’m trying to keep alive right now.

banana peppersApparently, banana peppers don’t mind the drought!

cherry tomatoesI never did tie up my tomato plants, so I am digging around on the ground picking them all. Still getting a ton, but it does take some effort.

brussel sproutsMy brussel sprouts, sadly, never produced anything. They’ve just been eaten by the caterpillars. Next year I might need to do something about that as this is the third year now that I haven’t had brussel sprouts to harvest. That makes me sad. 🙁

cornMy volunteer tomato plants grew up this corn. I thought that was pretty cool! I also had some volunteer tomato plants climb up sunflowers. My sunflowers are long dead, by the way. They’re looking pretty ugly now and I should tear them out.

So, my garden’s not looking great, but I am busy putting up food in my kitchen!

So far, I have canned 40 quarts of crushed tomatoes, 9 quarts of dilly beans, 6 quarts of sauerkraut, 12 1/2 pints of grape jelly, and 12 quarts of dill pickles. I also froze 22 quarts of green beans. I’m still working on tomatoes – tomorrow I plan to make a bunch of roasted tomato sauce to freeze and if I can get it together, I will make more jelly.

How’s your garden growing? Is anything left, or is it about done like mine?

Linking up: TGP

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankmichelle says

    So glad I read your post. I totally forgot to do my garden update this month. Yours looks in a lot better shape then mine does. We have been so hot here it really plays a number on my plants.

  2. blankJulie says

    We have cold weather now so not even sure if my Italian tomatoes are going to ripen, we went from 30 degrees centigrade last week to 10 this, not really ideal for the garden, it’s wet and cold suddenly! Your garden looks in better shape than mine and the caterpillars got my brussel sprouts and my sprouting brocolli

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Oh Wow! What a temperature swing, Julie!! My garden has fantastic dirt. That’s the only thing that has saved the last month and half with no rain. You can pick your tomatoes and ripen them inside. They sure don’t taste as good, but they’re better than buying the tasteless ones at the store, in my opinion. 🙂

  3. blankShelly says

    My garden is looking about like yours. I do have some tomatoes, zucchini, pole beans and carrots in the garden. My artichokes didn’t even grow this year, so sad. I had all of my cucumbers plants die twice, after the second time I just gave up. Our weather here is not helping either. Last week we were in the 60’s with rain almost everyday, something I’m sure your garden could use. But then this week we are having record breaking temperatures of over 90 degrees this week with high humidity. This year’s weather has been so weird.

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Hi Shelly, lucky you to have rain! We have also had really weird weather this year. Rain would be very helpful. I burned my cucumbers {pumpkins, zucchini & squash…} because they were infested with squash bugs. I really don’t want those bugs to come back next year! Here’s hoping next year will be perfect weather for us both!

  4. blankAshley says

    I absolutely love your blog 🙂 We have plenty of Amish stores out here in northern Indiana, hence the idea of shopping for bulk items (I’ve been making my own bread and did not think to look further than Sam’s for flour etc.). My garden is almost finished thankfully too! Tomatoes had blight so didn’t produce as much 🙁 but found a chemical free Amish tomato farmer selling canning tomatoes for .60 a lb!!! I’m new to canning but so far have put up 30 pints of pickled peppers, 30 or more of salsa, 40 quarts of tomatoes and about 15 jars of jalapeno jelly!!! I’m completely addicted! Will look for more ideas on your blog. Thank you!!!

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