Garden Update and Vegetables To Plant In September

Wow, I can’t believe fall is right around the corner.  The temperatures are falling and the days are getting shorter.  I replanted my garden in August, for the second round of summer veggies along with a few winter veggies.  It seemed that I had no more gotten the garden planted and the rains started.  We had more rain in August then I can ever remember in the 20+ years I’ve been living in the area.  I don’t have an exact figure, but according to The National Weather Service we had between 10″ to 15″ of rain.  That is about 150 to 200 percent above average.   Needless to say, my garden was extremely water logged and I was worried I was going to have fungus running rampant.  I did lose some of my veggies from the excess rain, but now that we have been drying out the garden is doing very well.  With this second summer garden I have been fighting the catepillars on my squash and cucumbers more now then I did in the spring.  It has been a daily battle, hand picking them but I will prevail, I hope :).  I had also planted corn back in July, but I have no pictures as it did not do well and has been removed.  The tiny cobs were given to the chickens. who did appreciate my effort.  I told them to enjoy it, because that was my last unsuccessful try at growing corn.  Below are pictures of most but not all of the garden beds.

The beans and cucumbers love their larger beds.

This bed has bush beans, squash and a few tomato seedlings I just planted yesterday.

Okra on it’s way out. I got tons of okra this year. I seasoned it then froze it on cookie sheets then bagged it up. I have 3 gallon bags. If you come to dinner, okra could easily be on the menu.

This bed has turnips, tomatoes, eggplant, and pepper seedlings, which I also planted yesterday.

This bed is a bit hodge podge. It has basil, which had reseeded itself from the earlier garden, squash, more pepper seedlings, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes that came back from the last garden. Sweet potatoes are not on the August list so we’ll see how they do.

What did like all the rain? Gourds. Here is a small sampling of the gourds.

More gourds, even a couple apple gourds, which are one of my favorites.

I am very sorry to be getting this list out so late.

Vegetables to plant in September for zone 8b:

  • beans, bush and pole
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • collards
  • cucumbers
  • endive/escarole
  • garlic
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • mustard
  • onions, bulbing and bunching
  • radishes
  • rutabaga
  • turnips
  • summer squash

As you can see the list for September is very large.  Hope you can find some of you favorites to get out and plant.


Here’s a sneak peak of the next post which is an update on the chics. Aren’t the “babies” getting big.


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