It's fall in the garden and the much anticipated growing season is coming to a close.
To be honest Dear Journal, I am somewhat glad.
As much as I love gardening and being outside in the warm weather, there are so many things that need to be done indoors.
It takes cold temperatures and even snow to make me slow down.
Every weekend now focuses more on canning and dehydrating, and our menu is dictated by what is still coming in fresh.
Don't get me wrong Dear Journal, I've been looking forward to sweet roasted root veggies since this time last year. Mmmm!
And Mandolin is happy to have more choices for his stir frys. I swear he can eat them everyday.
I must admit I am a bit tired of beans, but that is my own fault for over planting.
Between what we have canned, pickled and dehydrated, we won't need to grow many plants next summer. That's for sure.
The cold holding closet is beginning to fill up as much as the pantry shelves, a good feeling to have when the snow arrives.
Even the zucchini experiment proved to be successful. These two plants are going strong long after their counterparts have slacked off.
Oh, the enthusiasm of youth.
But we have been fortunate to have a few warmer than average days, so today at least I will still be in the garden.
Oh and one other benefit of fall Dear Journal... we can enjoy all the squash flowers we want.