The early autumn colors surrounding our property were brief and rather dull this year. The leaves are beginning to pile up around the edges of the yard and will be gathered this week to fill the compost bins. The cooler fall weather had me craving stew. Some Parsnip, Celery, Green Onions, Carrots, and Herbs were gathered from the garden and a few potatoes were pulled out of storage for a chicken stew:
|Parsnip, Celery, Green Onions, and Carrots|
Early in the week, the rest of the reachable apples were picked. We shared half with K's sister. The rest will be used to make apple pie and another batch of applesauce for the pantry:
We had our first frost last week. Tuesday afternoon had me scrambling to harvest all the partially ripe tomatoes, peppers, and basil while K picked all the ripe raspberries:
|Partially Ripe Tomatoes Harvested Ahead of Frost Warning|
|Mixed Sweet and Jalapeno Peppers|
Wednesday morning found everything frost covered. But as the day progressed, I found very little damage to the garden. The frost must have been a brief one. It was enough to take the Basil plants down, but only a few leaves on the tops of the peppers were affected. It is hard to believe that there are still some tomatoes ripening on the vines. Another batch of sauce was made from the never ending pile of tomatoes on my counter.
Several garden beds have been cleaned up and will receive a good layer of mulch before the snow flies. I still need to decide where to plant the garlic this year. Many of the raised beds are deteriorating and will need to be replaced next spring. So I will need to either build a raised bed this fall or chose a spot in the in-ground beds.
Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.