It’s that time of year again. The winding down of the vegetable garden. I always feel a mix of emotions including relief, sadness, satisfaction and exhaustion. The cycles of nature are tracked through the work of a gardener. The fall brings a sense of transition with hot weather plants browning and struggling to eek out a few more red tomatoes and healthy peppers. It also brings out the gardener’s lowering energy levels that come with shorter days and the preceding six months seemingly non-stop activity of planting, harvesting, canning and freezing. Then the cool weather plants of swiss chard and kale are growing at a moderate pace calling the gardener to keep moving. For reasons that are beyond my understanding, my fall lettuce planting was a big bust. Two times up planting seeds, two times I struck out. A few beets are keeping up but the rest of the seeds that I planted are a no show.
So all in all, my fall planting crop is a mixed bag. But I am too tired to worry about it. I’m in that space between memories of spring/summer energy that gets me through cleaning up the garden to visions of winter hibernation on the horizon. As my own leaves turn a lovely hue of orange, I’m being called to curl up with a good book, and well, read about gardening instead of doing it.
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I am SOOOO proud of you . You could slice the green into fat circles and dip in egg and and Panko or cornmeal and fry them in olive oil or put them in Lasagne or Mousaka. I would go with the Mousaka. You can make a big pan full and freeze some. Love to you all. KL
Thank you! I am proud of you, you know 🙂
Perfect! I will chop up those green tomatoes and make Mousaka! I like the idea of freezing the pan-full. Then it will be ready for a work week dinner!