September Vegetable Garden Harvest! Local Food at its Best! 🍅🌶️ 🥗

Our average first frost date is only
four weeks away, and our summer garden is definitely winding down. But there’s
still a lot to harvest from our zone 5 garden. Today I’d like to invite you to
join me for a walk around the garden as I gather today’s harvest. Let’s start here where I’m growing single
stemmed indeterminate tomatoes and pole beans up the same EMT conduit stakes. This single stem honey drop tomato is
growing up the same stake as one Trionfo Violetto and one Kentucky pole
bean. As you can see, they’re sharing the space very well. This is the first year
we’ve grown this variety of cherry tomato, and we really like it. We’ll
definitely be growing honey drops again. We enjoy their flavor and like having a
variety of different colored tomatoes Growing these plants up the same stake
has not only given us a big tomato harvest but a huge bean surplus this
year. These are Trionfo Violetto pole
beans, which are a favorite variety and over here we have Kentucky pole beans. These beans don’t produce quite as much
for us but we do enjoy them. Okay that looks like it might be the
last beans in this area. Here’s some more Okay I think these are the last of the
beans I’ll be harvesting in this area today. We have more tomatoes and beans
growing like this in different locations including our next stop. This area is
especially loaded up with beans, which we have growing over the top on twine. I’ve been harvesting a colander this
size full of beans but every other day since I think July. We’ve been freezing
the surplus. Well, I’ll be here a while harvesting beans and tomatoes. So I’m
going to go ahead and finish that up and when I’m done I’ll get back to you. That’s the last of the tomatoes and
beans from this area. Now let’s go harvest some greens
starting with Malabar spinach. Malabar spinach loves the heat. It hasn’t
gotten hot enough here for it to really take off but we have gotten a decent
harvest. I’m not sure what I’ll make with the Malabar spinach but I may try an
Indian recipe I saw online that looked really good. We’re growing the Malabar
spinach at the same trellis as these flamingo or cranberry beans which we’re
going to let dry on the vine and then we’ll eat them over the fall and winter
as a dried bean. Well, I’m wrapping up today’s Malabar
spinach harvest and while I’m over in this area of the garden I think I’ll
also stop and harvest some kale right here. Our kale struggled this year
thanks to cabbage butterflies but it’s still hanging in there. Usually our
plants are about three to four times this size by now. I started a whole bunch more
kale for the fall and winter indoors but I won’t be bringing it outside until
cabbage butterflies are no longer an issue, which should be after our first
frost – probably next month. Two of the varieties we’re growing for winter are
Starbor and Cyber Frill kale. We grew Starbor last year and this will be the
first time we’ve grown Siber Frill. Okay I think that’s all the kale I’ll harvest
today. Now let’s harvest good King Henry which is a perennial green. Under cover it
comes up in April and then grows all summer long and then again under cover
during the cold months keeps growing until December. I prefer good king henry
cooked rather than raw and it’s a great substitute for spinach in cooked dishes. Okay, I’m done with my good king henry
harvest. Now I’m going to harvest, believe it or not, more tomatoes and beans from
the hoops of my hoop house. I’ll do most of that off-camera and then I’ll get
back to you. Well, that’s the last of the beans and tomatoes from this part of the garden. Now let’s harvest some squash. Hey Oscar! Want to to get on camera? Get on camera, buddy. we usually see the first signs of powdery mildew on
our squash plants in August and by late September or October it’s usually had
quite an impact on our plants. That’s certainly the case with this acorn
squash plant. Fortunately I started this plant early enough that it’s produced
several fruit. I believe this is the sixth acorn squash that we’ve harvested off
this one plant, so even though the plant is dying back from powdery mildew, we’ve
had a great harvest in part because we started so early. All I do to manage the
powdery mildew is remove the affected leaves, and I’ll be removing the rest of
this plant later today because it’s done producing. This plant may look like it’s
about done but believe it or not this cushaw squash fruit just keeps getting
bigger and bigger, so even though this plant is struggling, it’s still got some
life in it. Now let’s harvest the last of our patty-pan. Like the acorn squash,
this patty-pan plant was a sight to behold just a matter of weeks ago but
it’s been set back by powdery mildew. Again, because we planted this
early we’ve had a very large harvest of patty-pan this year. In fact, more than we
can eat oftentimes. I’ve had to get creative with coming up with new recipes.
Now to finish today’s squash harvest let’s harvest zucchini. Our zucchini
plants held up a little bit better than the rest of our squash plants. I
obviously let this fruit get a little bit too big but it should be good for
zucchini bread. Beautiful. I’ve still got about a half a dozen of these in the
fridge so we’re going to have to get busy eating and preserving zucchini.
You’ve already seen me harvest a lot of tomatoes, beans, and greens from the
backyard garden today. I have a lot more of them to harvest so I’m gonna go ahead
and do that then I’ll meet you out front to harvest peppers, sweet potato leaves,
and maybe some eggplant. We’re growing over 50 pepper plants in
seven gallon grow bags in the front yard garden and we’ve had our best year
for peppers ever. Our plants are still growing strong but with fewer daylight
hours and lower temperatures peppers are now taking longer to ripen. Even so we’ll
continue to have pepper harvests until our first frost. Last year we harvested
peppers until early November. it’s also been a great year for eggplants. We like
growing small varieties like this Japanese white egg eggplant because they
do well with limited Sun. Finally, to finish today’s harvest let’s pick some
sweet potato leaves. Though potato leaves are not edible
sweet potato leaves are. They make a great spinach substitute in cooked
dishes and they’re popular in Asian dishes. They’re a great green to grow in
hot weather and of course we’ll also enjoy the sweet
potatoes when we harvest them next month. Let’s return to the backyard garden
to take a look at today’s complete harvest. I hope you enjoyed joining me
for today’s harvest. With any luck we’ll have about another month to finish
harvesting or summer crops. After that we’ll continue on with our fall and
winter garden. In fact we already have cool weather crops planted all over the
garden and in the grow room. As we close we’ll share more pictures of our
September harvests. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs up. And if
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100 thoughts on “September Vegetable Garden Harvest! Local Food at its Best! 🍅🌶️ 🥗

  1. Wow nice garden, love when see picking time come, and good to know more plants I never know before and also kind of colors of them from your garden.

  2. Your tomatoes are so pretty! How do you keep birds away from your colorful produces? When I grow tomatoes and chili peppers, as soon as they turn orange or red, the birds would come eat them.

  3. Gorgeous garden,fresh vegetabls,fresh air and at the same time i really love harvesting vegetables,i hope i will have soon this kind of garden!!thank you for inspiring me dear 😊😉😙😚

  4. I love plants , but I don,t have this much big place to put a garden so I have a mini terrace garden …..

  5. Fantastic food👍I think it should be healthier foods,I like to eat them also.Eat them as well as you eat for me😇🍅🍊🍆🍜🍲🍴

  6. We called malabar spinach "Alugbati" in our county we have a lot of that and it's easy to grow and it's very healthy.

  7. Malabar spinach is good with monggo beans sautèd in chicken and squash. U can add those beans also. 👍🏼

  8. Love your garden. I hope mine will be as productive as yours in the future. New subscriber here by the way.

  9. I love sweet potato leaves steamed then mixed with red onion and tomato, asian dressing would be fermented anchovies with chilies

  10. Im an asian. Im from Viet Nam. I do surprise when you start to pick up sweet potato leaves. Well in my family we are use it to make soup or just boiled it some time then deeping in mixed fishsauce with lime juice and eat with rice

  11. Wow what a lovely garden, (new sub) l look forward to seeing your next vid. It's been a joy to watch cheers from the UK.

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