The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Growing

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Now that the weather is cooler, I sure am savoring every bite from the garden. How I will miss all this fresh-picked produce. I am still considering making a hoop house over one of the raised beds. Hopefully I can pull it together by the first few hard frosts.

I’ve let my mustard go to seed. I hope to make some of my own fresh mustard once these seed pods start to dry.

Greens, peppers and garlic have so many possibilities. Sauteed up with some white beans pan fried – recipe idea courtesy of Heidi Swanson – yum.

I wanted peppers and boy, do I have peppers. My husband plans to make his own hot sauce with the cayenne.

Sweet Pimento Lipstick
Early Jalapeno Chile
Cayenne ‘Ring-O-Fire’

Another stellar basil crop! I’ve been making lots of pesto and will make a huge batch to freeze for over winter. Pesto and sauteed cherry tomatoes topped with a little toasted pine nuts on baguettes make for a great appetizer.

Veronica Cauliflower is beginning to form.

I have a few soybeans to shell. I plan to make edamame and give a try at fermenting my own miso.

The tomatillos are sprawling all over the garden. I made a batch of fresh green salsa and salsa verde. I plan to make a really big batch of salsa verde to freeze for winter. Nothing will be better to warm us up on a snowy night than slow cooked organic pork (from a local farm), pulled then folded into warm corn tortillas and topped with salsa verde! We tried it the other night just to make sure …

Quite a carrot crop this year. Delicious raw but also just in time for soup season and one-pot meals.

Dragon and Sunshine Mix Carrots

My parsnips never took off. Two seasons I have tried to plant them. I will be trying a different seed next year. I have planted new crops of lettuces, spinach, radishes, beets and carrots in one of the raised beds (that will hopefully be covered by that hoop house). Something new I am trying this year is a fall cover crop – green manure. Next month we’ll see how these newly planted crops are doing. Until then I’ll be “stocking up” on fresh produce as much as I can.

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

3 thoughts on “What’s Growing

  1. Oh wow, my mouth is watering. Isn't it amazing as soon as the temps turn cooler how we crave different foods? I made a big pot of soup last week with all the veggies from the farmer's market. You're really going to have a nice store for the winter.

  2. You have a lot going on in the garden! I hope you do make some good hot sauce with your peppers and tomatillos. Love those non-orange carrots!

  3. is a hoop house like a glass house? The garden looks so lush and healthy I guess it needs a rest over winter? you are an amazing gardener and cook, tvf. absolutely inspiring post.

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