Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Our September Garden

As we move into fall, I have seen a shift in my gardening chores; there is less to be harvested and less weeding to be done, but I have suddenly been doing a lot of pruning, composting, and planting. Unfortunately, I have been in a battle with a sneaky squirrel, and it appears that I have been out-smarted. Despite covering newly-planted areas in netting, this squirrel has managed to dig up almost all of the seeds I have planted, including teeny-tiny lettuce seeds. So, after replanting the some areas two or three times, I gave up and bought lettuce starts, something that I have always thought was silly because lettuce grows so easily from seeds (ahhh, except when you have a hungry squirrel, I now understand).
In my pruning, I also realized that our 3 echinacea plants likely have root rot, which means that they will have to be dug up and replaced. I will probably wait until the spring to do that, just in case we have a year with a very wet winter.
On the positive side, the garden is looking slightly more tidy and organized than it does in its wild-days-of-summer, and that makes me happy. We are still munching on grapes, tomatoes, green onions, basil, beets, and zucchini. And all 3 of our hot pepper plants have re-flowered and are producing another round of peppers. I am really hoping they mature before it gets too cold out. Grow little peppers, grow! We have some delicata and acorn squash that should be ready soon (it may be already, but I always have a hard time deciding when to pull it.... any tips?). I have been planting (and re-planting) beets, mixed greens, and kale and I got about 10 bulbs of garlic into the ground last week.

What is planted in your September garden? Please share some pictures (of a blog post, flickr, etc.) and link up below! Can't wait to see your gardens!
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  1. What a great garden! I am so jealous. We gave up on ours when it was 119 for a week and all we had harvested were two pathetically small squash. I guess I could try for a fall garden now that things have cooled a bit and may do that. Thanks for the gardening inspiration! Have a nice week!

  2. Looks awesome! We are still eating chard, kale, tomatoes and waiting on a few squash to ripen up. There is mesclun mix, arugula, chard, kale and beets coming up in the fall garden and we will soon be eating it.

    Enjoy the bounty that is still coming from your garden.

  3. Lovely! I'm very jealous - you put my garden to shame! How in the world do you find time to garden with two kiddos? Hazel runs into the forest on our property the minute I focus on a gardening task... haha.