We've had a number of frost warnings, and managed to extend the growing season by several weeks by covering plants. But its gonna be 29 degrees tonight; all good things must come to an end. A coworker told me that if you leave your green tomatoes on a short portion of vine, and tie them up like herbs, the tomatoes will turn red. I don't know if it'll work, but it's worth a try.
Last night I harvested all my tomatoes and peppers. You saw the tomatoes. The peppers are now diced and frozen. The remaining plants were composted. Lookin' forward to results next spring.
A few days ago rabbits ate the base of my 8' green bean vines. The plants were withering before my eyes! Had to drop everything, tear down the vines and harvest every last bean as quickly as possible. The beans were promptly trimmed chopped, blanched, chilled and frozen. No quilting got done THAT night!
Tonight I dug up carrots. Here are the fruits of my labor. Short on fruit, long on labor! They ARE on the small side, but they grew in partial shade. If I plant them again next year, I'll have to relocate them. Got enough for several meals. Cleaning root vegetables is a lot of work though! But they are now scrubbed, peeled, trimmed, chopped, blanched, chilled and packaged. They are freezing as I type. Once again, no quilting got done tonight!
I brought my last three herb pots inside until I have time to deal with them. The chives and parsley were harvested a few weeks ago - but they grew back! I'd been procrastinating on the oregano because its difficult to work with. I think I'll dry it this time (froze it last time) and see if that works any better.
So my 2011 garden comes to an end. The only things I covered are the flowers and pumpkins around the front lamp post. I'm not ready quite for winter, but I AM embracing late fall. I find being in touch with the natural cycle of things is very calming. (And its a good antidote to the increasingly premature Christmas displays in all the stores!)
This pilgrim is grateful for a good harvest - and is VERY ready to do some quilting! :)