Monday, September 26, 2011

Goodbye Garden

It was time to say goodbye…

I had to come to terms with the fact that the stuff that grew was done for the year and the stuff that hadn’t produced yet wasn’t gonna. Last year we had great squash and no cucumbers. This year it was good cucumbers and no squash. Next year we are NOT doing corn! Corn has NEVER done well here, so I’m going to quit wasting space on it. Beans, peas, carrots, beets, onions, potatoes and tomatoes all did well though!

The hardest part of yanking up the garden is deciding when it is time to give up and pick the abundance of green tomatoes. I hate making that decision! I always second guess myself. I am always sure I should have waited a bit longer to see if the sun pops out again. And then when it does, I always kick myself for not waiting… I’m pretty certain I’ll be doing some kicking by the end of the week.

But for better or for worse I have three very large bags in the basement bathroom (it’s the only place I can keep them away from kittens and puppies that are just sure they are, in reality, balls) trying to turn red.

goodbye garden 01

Threw some apples in the bags to speed them along a bit

If it doesn’t work out I have a few green tomato recipes in cookbooks and on Pinterest I can always fall back on.

Now my gardens just look sad and brown. But I’m already plotting and planning for next year… Can’t hurt to plan ahead, right???

goodbye garden 02

goodbye garden 03


Green Girl. said...

Can you put in a green manure crop like mustard, lupins, bushpeas? They will grow over winter (tillit gets too cold) and can be left on the surface to rot over winter then dig them in in spring.

Leingang Family said...

I don't know? I'd have to look into it... I don't know if it would work here in the PNW??? Maybe too wet??? I don't know anyone who does it... But thanks for the suggestion!