Category: Months

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

April is for alliums

April is for alliums. Alliums, whether planted in the fall or in late March and early April, are the best promise in the vegetable garden that spring will get itself established one of these days, that frost cannot defeat vegetables, that things are good…

November dark days

November dark days. Today, November 23, sunrise was a little before 7 a.m., with the sky getting light around 6:30. Sunset will be around 4:30, with darkness encroaching any time after 4 p.m. So, 9 hours of daylight, and 15 hours of darkness. It…

October cleanup

October cleanup. We had 1 1/2″ of rain the first of October, following 1 1/2″ the last of September. Yesterday, October 27, another 1 1/2″ fell, making 3″ of rain for October. We still have an 8″ rain deficit for the year, according to…

September renewal

September renewal. Since most of my life up to now has been spent observing a school calendar, September still seems like a time to start again, to make new resolutions, to get excited about stuff. So, while I still have the habit of thinking…

Monarchs in the garden in September

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in the garden in September. My summer is complete–with 4 official days of summer left. 2 monarch butterflies visited the garden yesterday. They were mostly interested in the verbena. What a great butterfly plant. What great butterflies. The monarchs are migrants, young…

Summer squash harvest in September

Summer squash harvest in September. Just to be clear, summer squash were harvested in August too. I just never got around to writing a post in celebration of summer squash. Until now. I don’t plant zucchini these days. They are similar to summer squash,…

Black swallowtail in September

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) nectaring on verbena in September. According to NABA-North New Jersey Butterfly Club website, black swallowtails are black with a prominent line of large yellow spots across both wings as well as smaller submarginal yellow spots. Females have blue spots on hindwing…

Harvesting onions in August

Harvesting onions in August. Patterson yellow storage onions, Red Zeppelin red storage onions, and Red Marble red cipollini onions were harvested on August 1. That was my first mistake. I started a process of drying the onions that, in retrospect, was too much like…

Harvesting peppers in August

Harvesting peppers in August. For the most part, peppers have been a huge success this summer. Last summer all the Havasu peppers turned out to be frying peppers. I’ll never figure that one out. This summer the Havasu plants are so productive I can’t…

August dog days

August dog days. I wish I could say I spent major August time sitting in the shade reading novels. But I didn’t. Various projects imposed themselves upon me, taking me away from the garden and my blog. Dreadful. It has not been the best…

Harvesting tomatoes in August

Harvesting tomatoes in August. The first slicing tomatoes and plum tomatoes were picked on August 12. That’s almost embarrassing. What can be done to move up the tomato harvest to, maybe, July 12. That would be noteworthy. Matt’s wild cherry tomatoes were first picked…