Isabelle’s Garden Notes: September/October


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September was the month we brought in the harvest! We had an amazing crop in spite of this summer’s drought.
We had beautiful cucumbers,cucumber

lots of peppers ( I make a recipe with them, it is called “Frita”, it is my mother in law’s and I am sharing it with you at the end of this post). peppersThe garden has also given us cantaloupes (it is always a wonder to me that we can grow them in Canada)cantaloupe, tomatoestomatoes, ground cherriesground-cherries, beans (you can see these beautiful Scarlett beans with their red flowers)beans, beetsbeets, carrotscarrots and onionsonions.

We even had pears this yearpears. And of course there were herbs! What can be better than adding some basil to a salad or making it into pesto?basil
As you probably know, we had our daughter’s wedding this summer and this spring we planted some flowers in order to make some nice bouquets for this special event, … or at least that was the plan. Well, these flowers are in full bloom, Now! ( More than a month late!)flowers-closer flowers2But do checkout the bumblebee harvesting pollen from this sunflower!sunflower-bee


Our greatest late season surprise was when our loofah grew. When we planted it we weren’t sure what to expect from it. imag2946It flowered so late (early September) and What beautiful yellow flowers. But by then we had quite given up on it. It did well, and the fruit began to grow. imag2952The fruit looks like a zucchini, but it has a softer skin and is spongy to the touch.
Unfortunately, I had to pick them earlier than expected because of the frost. So, of course, they didn’t have much time to grow and mature as they should have. imag3146Next year, I will seed and plant them sooner. But we will try to use the ones we did harvest in our soaps. We will keep you up to date with our tests in future posts.
Unfortunately all good things have an end and our first big frost (around -5 C on the ground ) came this week. frost2We picked up most of our vegetables, plants and herbs before the frost. The garden is finally over except for our carrots and beets. frostNow it is time to prepare it for winter, in the next few weeks it will be put to bed until spring.

Frita Pepper recipe:
1 kg of peppers
1 large can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
1 large onion sliced in small pieces
Salt, pepper, Italian herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary)

1. Clean the peppers, remove the seeds and put them in a pan in the oven. Temperature 300F for at least 1 hour. frita-peppersTurn them every 20 minutes. If necessary leave them longer until they are soft and cooked on all sides. Once they are cooked through, put them aside so that they can cool.
2. In a saucepan, brown the onion. Then add the tomatoes and herbs. Simmer slowly until the water has evaporated. Once ready, pour into a large bowl.
3. While the vegetables are simmering cut the peppers into strips. Once done, add them to the tomatoes and mix well.
4. And that’s it. It is done. You can eat it immediately, serve it cold, or you can use it as a pie filling.frita
“Bon appetit”