September 2019: Our garden harvest yields Home Steading

Behind the Scenes: September 2019 – A quick review of some of the homestead events that happened this month.

What a busy month! I feel like September would only blur to an endless day of harvesting and processing food from the garden! The month started hot, but we knew we were in a race against time despite the warm temperatures. Sure enough, at the end of the month we had our first frost!

Our garden was really fantastic this year! It was by far our largest and most diverse garden so far. I pulled everything out of seeds – a true love work! We've conserved more canned foods this year, dried and frozen than ever! Our freezer is full, our kitchen shelves are full and we've stacked crates of canned goods in the guest room! It was a fantastic garden season!

Garden season wrap-up

I feel that no matter how many years I do, I will never be 100% prepared for the first frost. There will always be food to be harvested and seeds to be salvaged. We just can not do anything! But this year, for the first time, I felt a real sense of peace and achievement at the end of the season.

We have a "last night before the frost" tradition, which has almost become sacred to me in recent years. We light the fireplace in the garden and spend the evening in the fresh autumn air to harvest the last products. Then we just sit by the fire and enjoy the garden. We enjoy the last night of the garden in full splendor and reflect on the hard work that has brought us all this abundance. This is the perfect way to mark the end of a season and the beginning of something new and different.

Harvest time garden 2019:

I try to keep track of everything we keep every year using the retention log from the database Homestead Management Binder. Below you will find everything that I have recorded in my storage log for the year!

September 2019: hand holds glass of canned tomatoes

For your information – this is not an exhaustive list. It does not include the entire harvest as we eat out of the garden all summer. This list is primarily what we have kept for our winter nutrition. I have not included our herbs, our tinctures, our grain harvest or similar. We also have some baskets of vegetables to process! We also have many beans and grain drying!

Besides, I just forget to write everything down, no matter how hard I try! I am sure that I would find many things that would have been deleted from the list if I had gone through all my canned food and freezer! Nevertheless, this is a great view of what we have kept this year! And if you want to know more about how much of our own food we can get from our small homestead, you can look at it this post,

2019 Harvest Preservation Totals:

items amount preservation method
Garlic Scapes 1/2 gallon bag Frozen
Weedy Green Pesto 10 half pints Frozen
Beet Relish 17 half pints water bath
Mint syrup 8 half pints water bath
Apricot Chipotle Sauce 16 half pints water bath
Apricot Salsa 35 half pints water bath
Apricots (frozen) About 30 pounds (I lost the count!)
Cucumber Pickles 14 liters water bath
cucumber relish 22 half pints water bath
cucumber relish 6 pints water bath
Pickled green beans 8 pints water bath
Tomatillo 3 pints water bath
Salsa 35 pints water bath
Pickled carrots 8 pints water bath
Carrots (frozen) 19.75 pounds Frozen
Corn (frozen) 10.25 pounds Frozen
Sun-dried tomato garlic spice 1 quarter Dehydrated
Garlic powder (recipe here!) 1 pint Dehydrated
Roast romaine sauce 10 pints water bath
Fire apple wine (recipe here!) 1 gallon Vinegar infusion
apple sauce 5 pints water bath
Apple Pie Filling 7 liters water bath
Apple peel syrup 5 half pints water bath
Eggplant Parm. 5 big bags Frozen
Quiche mix (recipe here!) 4 liters Frozen
Beans, good mother Stallard 1 quarter Dried
Beans, red kidney 1 half pint Dried
Garlic and basil tomato sauce 6 pints water bath
Tomatoes, whole cherry 11 pints water bath
Tomatoes, crushed 4 liters water bath
Tomatoes, crushed 13 pints water bath
tomatosoup 6 liters water bath
Tomato slices, dried 3 liters Dehydrated
Eggplant, chopped and dried 4 pints Dehydrated

September 2019: Woman puts in tomatoes

Save seeds:

Life is funny. Ten years ago, I said I wanted to eat clean and know where my food came from, but I would never be a gardener. When I learned all about gardening five years ago, I said that gardening was okay, but I would never go so far as to save seeds.

Guess what we started this year! Yes, save seeds!

As it turns out, I love saving seeds! It's fascinating, addictive and it gives you almost instant gratification! I can not believe how easy it is. And you can get sooo many seeds from just a few plants! Honestly, I have no idea why I have waited so long to start saving seeds! We saved only a handful of different seeds this year. I definitely know that next year we will save a lot more seeds after trying it!

Seeds stored in 2019:

  • okra
  • Marigold
  • radish
  • Tulsi
  • Calendula
  • watermelon
  • arugula
  • peas
  • onion
  • Yard-long thai beans
  • Anise hyssop

September 2019: Hand holds marigold seeds

This is a conclusion for our gardening season 2019! How was your gardening season?
Let us know in the comments!

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