Squash Harvest

First Harvest of September

It’s harvest season.  There are piles of produce filling my fridge, tabletop, counters, bootroom and basement.  I have bags and bowls and boxes of fresh food overtaking the house, overflowing the allotted foodstuff spaces, making it so I need to step over it all to just get through a doorway.  It’s definitely harvest season.

Here is what I’ve harvested from my community garden and home gardens.  While I don’t grow a lot of any one thing, I grow a few of a lot of things.  Over 100 varieties of edibles making this definitive season of plenty.

From my community garden plot:

  • Potatoes: Red Chief, mystery white variety

  • Tomatoes: Black Russian and La Roma
  • Beans: Kentucky Wonder Brown, Kentucky Wonder Wax, Fortex Filet, Orca, and Purple Peacock
  • Grapes


  • Mammoth Melting Sugar Snow Peas (the last of them this week due to powdery mildew taking over)
  • Beets: Detroit Supreme, Red Ace, Chioggia, and Golden
  • Squash: Small Wonder spaghetti, yellow spaghetti, Little October pumpkins

From my home garden:

  • Tomatoes: Siletz, La Roma, Green Zebra, Red Zebra, Sungold Cherry, Sweetheart Grape, Isis Candy, Gold Nugget, Patio, and Moneymaker.  I recently saw a recipe for roasting them in a dutch oven and now I have one on my kitchen gadget wish list along with a food strainer for making roasted tomato sauce.



  • Fairy Tale eggplant
  • Basil: Organic Sweet Basil, Thai Basil
  • Peppers: Filius Blue, Thai Dragon, and Garden Salsa
  • Aunt Molly’s ground cherries

  • Wild arugula and lettuce
  • Rainbow chard
  • Soybeans

I took some time this week to reflect on this abundance and the colder months to come.  While the days are long and busy now, I’m growing as tired as my plants are from a healthy growing season.  But the glut of produce is available now to enjoy.  The rainbow of colours and fresh flavours will soon be a fond memory so I best savour this season.  With these thoughts I planted my winter seeds and regained my energy for picking and packing away summer’s bounty.

thanks to Daphne’s Dandelions for hosting another wonderful Harvest Monday.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceSeptember 6,10

    Awesome harvest Stevie! I wish I had this much vegetables. Hopefully it gets better next season. Everyone keeps telling me I’m doing great for a beginner, but I see so many people with baskets filled of veggies…Perhaps next year I’ll have more as I continue to learn. I’m amazed with your harvest. Happy Labor Day!

  2. villager
    villagerSeptember 6,10

    I’m with you on being a bit tired at this point in the gardening season. I think it’s all part of the rhythm of gardening, at least it is for me.

    You have such a nice variety of veggies and fruits mentioned there, including two of my all time faves Fairy Tale and Small Wonder! I guess Sungold makes it three, but doesn’t everyone like it?

  3. Shirley
    ShirleySeptember 6,10

    What variety of grapes do you grow on your community plot? Is it an edible grape or one that is more suited for juices and wines?

  4. Stevie
    StevieSeptember 6,10

    Hi Shirley, I don’t know the variety but they are great for eating or juicing, we don’t get enough for wine. We were lucky to adopt the vine when we took over this community plot.

  5. meemsnyc
    meemsnycSeptember 6,10

    Wow, everything looks amazing. I’m so amazed by all the potatoes you harvested. Our harvest was pitiful.

  6. vrtlarica
    vrtlaricaSeptember 7,10

    Your harvest looks wonderful! I am amazed that you grow 100 vegetable varieties – that is a lot. Sometimes I wish I would grow more varieties. But usualy I get so many seeds per seed packet and I end up using most of them. And there is no longer room for another variety.

  7. melanie watts
    melanie wattsSeptember 7,10

    What an amazing variety of garden produce. I love that you grow so many varieties of the same vegetable.

  8. Daphne
    DaphneSeptember 7,10

    I’m not quite at the tired stage yet, but then I have a smaller garden than usual this year. The main garden won’t but up until next year. I have been really busy with getting the house put together so haven’t had a lot of time for it.

    It looks like you have had some wonderful harvests.

  9. balcony/paradise
    balcony/paradiseSeptember 10,10

    The harvest looks beautiful! The beets look delicous! Your philosophy of growing a lot of varieties but just a small amount of each is so smart – it surely adds a nice variety to your diet.

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