September Garden Update: Kabocha Squash, Chard, Beets and Radishes

It’s September, and the kabocha squash are growing by leaps and bounds! They’re growing in a great, green, happy bed down in the lower garden bed. Right now they’re more yellow than their distinctive orange of fall. And, it’s time for a new round of planting – here’s what we’ve got going in the ground this month.

Kabocha in the Garden
Kabocha in the Garden

The seeds aren’t that exciting to look at in the ground, but we’re excited to reap the next harvest! This month, we’re planting Swiss Chard (60 days until harvest), Beets (60 days), and Radishes. These are all from Territorial, which is proving to be our favorite for vegetables. Here’s the plans:

Garden Plans - Swiss Chard and More
Garden Plans – Swiss Chard and More

And, in the upper bed, we’re tucking in butterhead lettuce (50-60 days) and mild tah tsai (40-50 days). We have some good recipes in our future!

And, still going strong – the parsley and basil. We’re eating pesto and fresh herbs as fast as we can to keep up.

Happy Herbs
Happy Herbs

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10 thoughts on “September Garden Update: Kabocha Squash, Chard, Beets and Radishes”

  1. Such beautiful colours in your garden; those greens and yellows together are simply stunning. I’ve never tried a kabocha squash. Clearly, I’m missing out on something good!

    1. Aren’t those colors amazing?!

      I first tried one in Point Reyes, California. We’d just come from Chez Panisse and happened on a great farmer’s market the next morning. Inspired by Alice Waters, we roasted it up and the memory of how delicious it was will always stay with me. I highly recommend trying one! We have a couple of kabocha squash recipes – go to your farmer’s market and give it a try!

  2. Love kabocha (well, all hard squashes) and so jealous that they grow so readily for you. All of your plants look so lush and verdant. We have the rain here in Scotland but not long enough of a growing season. It’s so good that you are talented and able enough to take advantage of what Nature has given you. I’ll be thinking of you as we have parsnips and swedes for the forseeable future!

    1. Yes, the Pacific NW is really an amazing place for growing things. We had two plum trees just start growing themselves as volunteers and had to cut them down earlier this summer, and a maple popped up in the grape arbor (!) We really do love it here. Now, I know what parsnips are, but what on earth are swedes?

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