Dear Journal – Fall in the Garden

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.

We may still get a few red ones yet.

We may still get a few red ones yet.

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.

Carrots, beets and kohlrabi.

Carrots, beets and kohlrabi.

Every weekend now focuses more on canning and dehydrating, and our menu is dictated by what is still coming in fresh.

Parsnips and sweet potatoes.

Parsnips and sweet potatoes.

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.

Oriental cabbages, turnips and rutabagas.

Oriental cabbages, turnips and rutabagas.

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.

Pole beans still producing.

Pole beans still producing.

The cold holding closet is beginning to fill up as much as the pantry shelves, a good feeling to have when the snow arrives.

Dinner come January.

Dinner come January.

Winter storage crops.

Winter storage crops.

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.

The late planted zucchini.

The late planted zucchini.

But we have been fortunate to have a few warmer than average days, so today at least I will still be in the garden.

Time to start cleaning up.

Time to start cleaning up.

Oh and one other benefit of fall Dear Journal… we can enjoy all the squash flowers we want.

Breakfast.

Breakfast.

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