Oh, the garden, the fall garden! It's such a mix of abundance and overgrown craziness! Once school starts each fall, I find myself coming home and thinking "oh, yeah, I have a garden!" It's funny to me how something can consume so much time and energy during the summer months, but then get so easily overlooked when the harvest is still at in it's prime. Alas, such is life...seasons guide us, and I do prefer to just give in to their rhythms, rather than to try to fight against them.
A few of the things that are happening in the garden these days are I was finally able to clean up a few things that had finished for the season and get some winter wheat planted. For those who don't know, winter wheat is a cover crop that grows in the fall and is pretty cold hardy. As it grows, it puts nutrients back into the soil and in the spring you turn it into the soil and it's referred to as "green manure." I'm hoping it will help rebuild and nourish the soil in my little plot and make next year's garden that much better.
I've also started harvesting a few of our carrots! Home grown carrots (especially in root-filled soil) can be such odd shapes, but they do have the best flavor! I was pretty convinced that it was time to take a break from carrots in next year's garden...but then I tasted these and they may have won me over yet again. Yum! So crispy, juicy, and flavorful!
The beans are coming in by the basketful and most are making their way directly into the freezer. It's a great system, if you ask me! Save a few for the dinner table, and tuck the others away for a cold winter's eve. Perfect.
A couple weeks ago I harvested 2.5 lbs of tomatillos! My worries about the plant not producing without a mate, were frivolous indeed! With that harvest I was able to make 2.5 pints of salsa verde and I will probably be able to make another half batch before the end of the season! I think I will need to try my hand at tomatillos again next year! Such an easy and fruitful thing to grow!
Well, that's about it in gardening news. How about you? Are your gardens winding down for the season or still going strong?