Last week, in my garden. (October 24)
This morning, in my garden.
And that, I do believe, is a wrap on the 2013 garden! This week, I harvested the last of the carrots, celery, brussels sprouts and other things left out there still edible. The parsnips will stay in the ground, the kale is getting sweeter with each frost, and the garlic is deep in the beds, covered with leaves till spring. The bees got their winter blankets, the garden shed was tightened up, and the garden furniture stacked. I brought in all the pots scattered about the garden, and the stakes too. The garden is ready for bed! But of course, it's not at complete rest. We moved the chickens and their hoop house into the garden as well, letting them do their thing and clean up even more. A little bit of portable fencing and the garlic is out of chicken reach, along with the few things we're still needing to protect.
I'm turning my mind now to Thanksgiving - what is fast turning into my very favorite holiday - as we gather together with friends and celebrate this harvest season, and each other. We'll enjoy what we preserved as long as we can. And then, by the woodstove for warmth this winter, we'll dream and plan what next years garden will be. It's right around the corner.