Summer is officially over and we are heading into fall. Most vegetables in the garden have wound down to a crawl.
Some are still going strong - like the fall raspberries.
I have stripped the bottom leaves, tipped the tops, and pulled out any flowers and non-producing branches. It seems harsh but they will all be dead in a matter of days/weeks as the frost rolls in and the plants might as well focus on finishing the final tomatoes.
Here they are before and after stripping.
I've saved a bunch of tomato seeds. But none of the varieties I grew this year were "faves" so I mixed them all together as a random bag of emergency tomato seeds.
Here's our biggest:
Speaking of plant breeding... I have been saving seeds like crazy.
I even wound up FINDING sunberry plants in the forest and being able to save seeds for next year! Just so you know, sunberry tastes like death and is possibly poisonous. I grow it as an ornamental only but had run out of seeds this year. Lucky for me - I found these berries tossed out in the forest and was able to gather up a ton of seeds.
We grew potatoes from our grocery store stash this spring and it was a wild experience. Well...those potatoes just kept giving and giving.
blueberry cuttings finally died. They never formed roots, but did live for almost 2 months in just water. Crazy.
|2 months in water|
|3 weeks in water|
|Currant "sticks" with no leaves|
We gathered acorns and walnuts for eating this fall.
here for acorns and here for walnuts.
We gathered wild plums and made: jam, fruit leather, prunes, sauce, and a coffee cake.
We made syrup from wild riverbank grapes, pink lemonade from sumac, and jelly from aronia berries.
We had an adventurous fall in foraging for wild foods!
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A full list of the edibles in our garden as of July 2015:
5 Varieties of Blueberry (bluecrop, northblue, northland, chippewa, northsky)
3 Varieties of Red Raspberry (2 summer (latham & boyne), 1 fall - heritage)
Red, White, and Pink Currants (JVT, champagne, jewel/blanca)
2 Varieties of Gooseberries (wild, picsweet)
Black Raspberry (wild)
Dill, Sage, lemon balm, thyme, parsley, cilantro, basil
6 Varieties of Tomato (coyote, brandywine, mr. stripey, moneymaker, rutgers, siberian)
2 Varieties of Potato (russet, yukon)
2 Varieties of Grapes (1 red - valient, 1 white - niagra)
2 Varieties of Strawberry (1 june quinalt, 1 alpine)
Snap peas (2 types)
Cucumbers (2 types)
Pineapple Ground cherries
Purslane (2 varieties)
Scarlet Runner Beans
Honeyberries (2 varieties)
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