A Killing Frost
The garden looks pretty barren these days. We had a hard frost Monday night. It did in almost everything we had left in the garden: the last cherry tomato, a cilantro patch, and three basil plants I’d hoped somehow might make it through.
Oddly, my lettuce survived. It’s in a container pushed up against our concrete garage. This means we’ve had lettuce consistently since May. We’ve got milder weather forecast for a while now, so I may be picking lettuce until November!
A few crops are hanging on: broccoli, carrots, beets, cabbage and collard greens. The collards actually are better after a frost, we’ve been waiting to pick them for a while now.
We’ve had quite a few “lasts” in the past couple of weeks. We ate our last fresh zucchini and fresh green beans last night, our last slicing tomato on Sunday and our last cherry tomato on Tuesday. It’s very sad, but in a way I’m happy for the freedom we can now enjoy. Since April we’ve been completely tied to the garden. The planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, putting up for winter that has consumed us for the past six months finally draws to a close now that the days are short and the nights are cold.
We still have a few chores: we have to plant garlic and freeze winter squash and pumpkins. Jim has to rototill the garden and plant winter rye as a cover crop. We have some squash vines to clean out. But those are all minor things. Mostly it’s time to put our feet up and relax with a book by the fire. And I don’t mean a gardening how-to book, either!
No-Bake Blueberry Pie
This easy to make blueberry pie won’t have you turning on the air conditioner because it doesn’t have to go in the oven!
Holiday Season at the Homestead
This may be the time of the year with the least amount of light in the day, but here at the homestead we find our own light through music and spending time with loved ones.
Easy, DIY, Wine-Cork Ornament
This ornament goes together quickly with scraps you probably already have laying around your craft room.