August seasonal living!
Think vacations, reading trash novels, gardens ready for harvests, bike rides, ice cream, and watermelon! Backyard barbeques, a dive in the river, and the sounds of cicadas and crickets.
This post is a quick catch-all for post supporting your seasonal life in August.
The August Garden
What to Plant in August? That’s the question, right?
With long hot days and the impending change in seasons, August is a transitional month in the kitchen garden, especially if you grow in all four seasons.
Click this link to get a comprehensive list of what to plant in August. It will help you get the most out of this last full month of summer and prepare for the fall garden.
I also created The Ultimate Fall Planting Guide. It will help you get the best harvests in the fall and winter months. This guide ends with an epic Spotify playlist to help you stay motivated as you build that fall garden.
How about if I just include it here? Enjoy!
The Seasonal Kitchen in August
Did you know that August is National Peach Month?
It’s a great month to enjoy peaches and to preserve them for winter meals.
Speaking of preserving, august is a great time to use these Traditional Methods of Food Preservation. It’s a best practices list from the top-notch food preservation writers on the web.
Finally, no August is complete without making at least one batch of Fermented Dilly Beans. They’re more addictive than chips and ho so much better for you.
August Seasonal Wellness
we celebrate the seasonal holiday called Lughnasadh in August. It is the season of the first harvest and I say a lot more about it here. I dug deep to the pre-Christian roots of the holiday. I was delighted to find academic sources that document what traditional celebrations looked like in Ireland before the modern fascination with these seasonal holidays.
I haven’t planned any specific celebrations of the day, yet. But, I’ll keep you posted here. I hope you do the same!
August is National Wellness Month!
Yeah, it’s a busy time of year between eating all those peaches and practicing basic self-care…
I’ll be focusing on staying hydrated this August. Here’s some good advice for all of us.
This August, activist Greta Thunberg is coming to the United States with her call for more urgent action by world powers on climate change. So, this August I urge you to learn about her, her message and her tactics.
It’s the young people who inherit this problem. I say we should look to them for leadership.
Put on your seatbelt, though, because it won’t be an easy ride.
The older people usually say we owe it to the young people to give them hope. But, we don’t want you to be hopeful. we want you to panic.
Greta is known for her social media acumen. Let’s start by following her and taking direction from her leadership.
I plan on coming back with actionable items based on her message, so stay tuned.
Look into the future with a glimpse at Seasonal September!
Click the image below to see what foods we celebrate, what garden tasks are optimal and how to welcome fall with ceremony and ritual.
The Kitchen Garden Planner and Journal
Organize your kitchen garden, season by season, month by month, and project by project with this handy Kitchen Garden Planner and Journal! It comes with lifetime access to printable worksheets and journal pages, and membership in the Stony Ridge Farm seasonal living community.
This planner comes with instructions on how to tackle the following tasks and use our worksheets to:
– Design your vegetable and flower gardens
– Track plant selections and how successful they are in your garden
– Document soil amendments and pest control strategies
– Garden budgeting, tracking projections and actual expenses
– Seasonal and monthly planner calendars
– Garden journal pages
Quick Guide to 6 End-of-Summer Food Preservation Techniques
The Quick Guide to 6 End of Summer Food Preservation Techniques with Recipes from Lorrie Season and Stony Ridge Farm is a 14 page eBook with 6 DIY kitchen projects to preserve the best of summer flavors for winter meals. It is a seasonal living must-have resource.
The Quick Guide to End of Summer Food Preservation includes 6 recipes using each of the basic techniques described The Traditional Methods of Food Preservation post. Lorrie Season is a learn-by-doing resource. The best way to practice traditional food preservation is to begin using the techniques at the end of summer when food is so plentiful and affordable using these safe and simple techniques. Get the eBook and use the recipes to learn how to:
- Acidify with Vinegar
- Use Oil
- Make Alcoholic Cordials
You’ve worked hard all summer in your garden, with your farm share, and managing all those farmers market hauls! Now, make sure you get to enjoy the results with these simple and safe food preservation techniques!
Let’s Stay Connected
If you enjoy seeing life through the lens of the changing seasons, I invite you to stay connected. This is a community of activist-oriented gardeners, cooks, and nature lovers.
If you want a loving community to be a part of your seasonal life, please do anyone (or ALL!) of the following:
- Sign up for the newsletter and get my herbal teas and tisanes recipe book for FREE! Tea is always a welcome addition to any time in the kitchen.
- Join our FREE Facebook group where we’re always talking gardens and kitchens.
- Follow me on Instagram and watch the seasons unfold on my 5-acre homestead in Harpers Ferry, WV.