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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Happy First Day of September!

And just like that, August is over. Happy September, friends! Just a quick photo to show you what I was up to this morning.

About 6 weeks ago, I started mache indoors. Mache, also known as lamb's lettuce, is a cold tolerant salad green. Today I planted the mache seedlings into one of the three garden troughs kept on our deck. All three of these troughs now contain cool season veggies, with easy access from the kitchen. So on rainy days, I only need to pop outside for a minute to clip some mache, pull a turnip or two, or cut some Swiss chard.

I have one more set of veggie seedlings to plant out for autumn harvest, some kale starts that will fill the bare spot left by the harvested garlic. And then I'm done planting for our fall and early spring harvests. 

I'm a little late on these plantings this year. Harvest time overlaps with late-season planting, and sometimes I fall behind in one or the other.

On the Monday holiday, we'll have a hot dog cookout over the fire pit, with watermelon, our own corn-on-the-cob, a tossed garden salad, and s'mores.  Do you have any plans for Labor Day? I hope you don't need to labor on Monday and can just relax.

Wishing you a lovely Labor Day weekend. I'll be back on Tuesday.


  1. I still want to plant some lettuce, but I need to get some seeds. But I have planted turnips and wax beans, and spinach for the fall. My husband plans to smoke ribs for a family picnic on Labor Day. However, the temperatures will be in the mid-90s, so I think we'll be inside much of the time.

  2. My husband will plant fall lettuce, using his cold frame. :)

    My college roommate and her son (he is an adult with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair) will be in a neighboring town for the holiday weekend, so we will spend tomorrow together. She's been doing that for the past few years for a getaway for both of them. It's fun, but I wish the absolutely perfect weather we have been having would be with us for one more day. Looks like it will turn hot and humid tomorrow. Ugh. I'm working on Sunday, so hopefully the holiday itself will be a day of rest.


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