The snows have come and except for the lingering kale, the gardens are at rest. We had a good season. We packed a freezer with produce to use through the winter. We canned 70+ quarts of tomatoes and numerous fermented items. Most exciting to me, I finally feel like I know what I’m doing. Much of my desire for the novel and risky has been satiated so that I look forward to producing an abundance of the food that will fit well with my family. The end of one growing season begins the planning for the next. I am full of plans.
Like a tide it comes in,
wave after wave of foliage and fruit,
the nurtured and the wild,
out of the light to this shore.
In its extravagance we shape
the strenuous outline of enough.
Second year strawberries were fun for the kids to harvest.
Bell Peppers were a big success this year!
awaiting the ripening
Nice try, teeny watermelon.
Jacob’s Cattle Beans grow up the trellis.
Next year I will dedicate an entire row to parsley.
Nasturtium flowers add beauty to salads.
Snails came out in force this year, though we didn’t sustain any loss to them.
culinary mustard blooming
beautiful borage flower–pretty on a salad
Beans are one of my easiest crops: the sprouts are easily recognised, once established they shade out most of the weeds, and they produce profusely. These black beans were easiest of all since I left the beans on the plant until they were already dried out. I simply crushed the shells and blew off the chaff.
bean sprout beauty
the biodegradable weed block worked well and cut down on a lot of maintenance. We’ll see in the spring how well it decays.