Fall - The Old Becomes New

| 10/29/2015 12:56:00 PM

Tags: fall harvest, sweet potatoes, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear Friends,

Fall is my favorite season. This should be old hat for someone in their 70’s, but the aroma, the crisp feel in the air, and the beauty are as exciting again as if experiencing it for the first time.

Fall leaves

Today, when I went to the mailbox, the sun was shining on a tree across the street, and its golden leaves were drifting in the wind. I held my arms out straight and marveled at it all. Then, self-consciously checked to see if anyone was looking!

Something else feels new to me: The miracle of putting away the harvest. It seems rather silly that I feel this way, but canning and drying apples, baking and freezing pumpkin and squash, and roasting the pumpkin seeds is such a fulfilling experience. I gave it thought today, curious that it makes me so happy. After all, it is work! But, wondrous work!

Squash puree

11/1/2015 10:19:55 AM

Mary, yes, I do like the four distinct seasons of Nebraska as well. Fall is my second best season. Spring being the first and summer and winter are about the same for me. The crazy warm weather here is mystifying but is giving me that extra time to cleanup the gardens. I still have to lift the potatoes and harvest the green beans I left to dry out for winter storage. It's been a good year over all for gardening but I too have had issues with wildlife. The deer ate the strawberry plants down to the ground and nibbled off every squash and pumpkin bud. The raccoons ate every kernel of sweet corn again this year. I did get the six foot wooden fence finished so next year the deer shouldn't be a problem and I'm in process of building a sweet corn fortress to keep the raccoons out of the sweet corn. Year five for Terra Nova Gardens should be a productive year. ***** Have a great fall season.

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