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In the garden, Autumn is indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.  - Rose G. Kingsley

In my Garden  

   September 2009


    I garden in the West Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada, in the plant hardiness zone 5a, in the area known before as "that dry desert".
    It is undoubtedly dry here, but it doesn't mean it has to be a desert.
    My soil is sandy and acidic. The drainage is almost too good. Summers are very hot and dry here, winters are very snowy and seemingly without end. Very often a thick blanket of snow covers the ground since the middle of November through the middle of April. I have about four months frost free, usually since the middle of May through the middle of September.
    In my gardening I try to follow Nature's ways of doing things. This kind of approach is called biomimicry.
    I don't use synthetic fertilizers and don't use herbicides and pesticides.
    During dry weather I water my gardens about once a week. During heavy production of fruit I may water every five or six days. I try to mulch as much as I can to ensure that the soil is cool and moist all the time and the soil temperature even and to provide food and home for soil organisms. It is the soil organisms that make soil fertile.
    In my garden I grow vegetables, flowers, fruit trees and berries, especially those not grown commercially.
    I value my garden not only as a source of beauty and healthy food but also as an opportunity for a health restoring, whole-body exercise in fresh air and sun.







    At front on the left of course my Indian Summer Rudbeckia. You can see images of it on the July and August pages. This picture was taken on 28th of September. It looks like it will never cease to bloom.

    In the background Goldenrod (Solidago) Golden Wings well loved by bees and me, too. It is about 7 ft tall this year.

    At the bottom of the picture Calendulas. I should do some dead-heading there before taking this photo, but I didn't.


Harvesting - early September


    Matronly stature of Kale Redbor. Kale, being biennial, is frost hardy. It is the last green vegetable that I pick in my garden before winter covers the plants with a thick layer of snow and makes access to the garden impossible.

    Pears Clapp's Favourite. The fruit is huge, up to 1/2 kg each, sweet and juicy, with a buttery texture. Unfortunately the pears do not store well, about three weeks is the maximum, after that they get mushy.
    They are great for eating raw but can also be canned, used to make pear chutney or pickled.

    Swiss Chard. Packed with vitamins and minerals.

    Strawberries Hecker and blackberries Triple Crown. I stop picking my strawberries only after they get frozen by a really hard frost.

Ripening Sunflowers


Second half of September


    Young beets, blood purifiers and liver cleansers, with leaves, straight from the garden.
    Great for borsch.

    Kale Lacinato Redbor.
    According to some sources Kale has powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract.

    Wild mushrooms Boletus family grow at this time of year under young Pine trees on my property. They are great for soups or pickled. I also love them cooked with onions in butter and sour cream and served with rice or potatoes.
    Mushrooms are powerful immune stimulants.


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