September Garden Update

We’re halfway through September already? Where did the month go? I swear it was August yesterday…

Things in the community garden plot are at an awkward in-between at the moment. The summer crops (tomatoes and beans) are still producing but the fall crops (carrots, beets, and spinach) are starting to sprout and grow. That combined with the hot weather we’ve had the last few weeks that kept me from being outside too much means that the garden is kind of a mess. Hopefully with the cooler weather we’re supposed to have the next few weeks I can get out and get things cleaned up a bit.

Community Garden Plot

The plants on my deck are doing well. It’s about time to harvest another batch of herbs and pull the calendula and lemon balm. I also need to start thinking about what plants I want to bring in for the winter. Definitely the lime tree and the rosemary, but I’m still undecided about the others.

As for the rest of this month, I don’t have much planned garden-wise other than a clean up. The orchard at the community garden is going in on October 17th so I’ll be preparing for that as well. I’m super excited now that it’s close and actually happening. This week I got to pick out varieties for the apples, pears, and asian pears which was fun.

I also may start planning my garden for next year. There are some things that I learned this year (direct seeded beans do better, DO NOT plant two currant tomato bushes, I cook with carrots more than I eat them raw) that definitely affect what I’ll plant next year. I’m also debating sticking with spring and fall crops, since summer is not the best health wise for me. Also maybe garlic, I haven’t decided.

How has your garden done this September?

August Update

Hello again! It’s been a while. Typically there is the word “garden” in the title of these updates, but this one is going to be a bit more general since I haven’t posted since June.

So where have I been the past two months? At home mostly. At the end of June I got a project at work that required a lot of time and energy so I briefly (or so I thought) put aside writing to work on it. Then shortly after finishing the project in early July I had a health flare. This is not entirely unexpected as my illnesses wax and wane, and flares in July seems to be becoming sort of an annual thing. I immediately focused my energy on trying to stop the downward spiral of worsening symptoms and everything else got put on the back burner…

… Which brings us to now. While I’m still very much in the flare, I am happy to report that things seemed to have stabilized a bit, at least at the moment. I think the flare was caused in large part due to the weather (hot and humid) so hopefully as we move from mid-summer towards fall things will improve.

Feeling worse hasn’t stopped me from doing things all together however. I’m still working (a very limited) part time, which is only possible because the PhD who is supervising me is SUPER understanding and all around awesome. This past month I’ve tried my hand (and failed) at making sauerkraut, I’ve slowly made progress through the herbalist course that I started last fall, and I continued to practice my mandolin. I also participated in Ravelry’s Tour de Fleece this July and seem to have caught the spinning bug. And as usual I have a few knitting projects that I’ve been working on.

Drop spindles, spinning fiber, and a bobbin full of singles.

Some of my spinning for the Tour de Fleece this year.

I also have been trying to go out to my garden plot semi-regularly, usually with recruited help from family. Even if the heat and humidity didn’t cause my flare they certainly make it worse, so I have to be very careful not to spend too much time outside. The past two months have brought large harvests of currant tomatoes and green beans. I’ve been dehydrating the tomatoes and freezing the extra beans so I can enjoy them this winter. The beans and sunflowers are about at the end of their lives so they will probably come out soon to be replaced by beets and spinach (my planned fall plantings).

raised bed with red and yellow sunflowers

(this picture is from July)

I’ve also had a decent herb harvest from the plants on my deck. The blueberry bush continues to grow and now looks like a bush, which is exciting, and the lime tree has branches. Overall, considering the level of neglect that most of my plants have been subjected to these past few months, they’re all doing remarkably well.

Bowl full of cut herbs

Clockwise from top left: Stevia, Thyme, Oregano, Calendula, Lemon balm, and Sage (in the center)

As for what’s going to happen this fall, it all depends on what happens with my health. I start grad school next week, which will be a priority, and I also plan to continue working part time. I hope to be able to go back to writing posts regularly soon. I do miss blogging, but unfortunately other things must take priority.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer!

June Garden Update

May was certainly an interesting month weather-wise. It hasn’t quite warmed up yet and we’ve gotten at least twice the normal amount of rain. Not that I’m complaining. It’s quite nice to be able to be outside without overheating and not to have to water my plants. Speaking of plants, here’s how they’re all doing.


Almost no change in the houseplants this past month. The African violet is still blooming, the lime tree seems to be mad at me for trimming it and hasn’t grown much, and everyone else is holding steady. Luckily Olive (my new dog) isn’t into eating plants.

Deck Plants

Everything is growing really well and loving the rain (and their well-draining pots). I harvested and froze the last of the spring spinach crop this week since it was starting to bolt and planted calendula in its place. The dill is growing well and the lemon balm finally sprouted. The stevia is now larger than it was when I bought it so I think it’s safe to say it successfully survived the bird attack.

Deck planters and pots with plants

The netting and wire cages have done a good job of protecting the plants from the wild life. This meant I got to harvest my first strawberry yesterday. I don’t have a picture since I ate it immediately. Although there will be no blueberries to eat this year the blueberry has grown quite a bit this past month. I actually hadn’t realized how much it had grown until I went and looked at my last update.

Community Garden

Other than a few lost bean plants (from wind and digging critters) things in the garden are going well. I planted my tomatoes in ground a few weeks ago, but since it has been cool they really aren’t growing much. The squash plants now have flower buds and the beans are blooming. The sunflowers are growing well and the marigolds are little bushes now. I had a lot or carrots sprout last week, which is exciting since I may actually have a carrot crop this year.

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With all this rain I’m very glad I opted for a raised bed instead of an in-ground plot this year. The charity rows are super soggy and the plants in them are NOT happy.


I did eventually hear back from the architectural committee last week about my front landscape change request and it was approved (thank goodness!). Once it stops being so soggy outside I hope to tear out the yew bushes and replace them with holly.

How has your garden been doing this month?


Hello! I know I’ve been gone for a little bit, but I have a good reason. I’d like to introduce my new garden helper and general partner-in-crime Olive!

Black dog on red deck

Olive has been living with me for about two weeks and we’re figuring out a routine that works for both of us. Once we get some basic training down, things should get a little easier. Not that things are difficult at all; she’s a smart, sweet, quiet little girl. I’m so lucky to be her guardian.