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!
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:
|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|
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:
- Yard-long thai beans
- Anise hyssop
This is a conclusion for our gardening season 2019! How was your gardening season?
Let us know in the comments!
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