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Waning Garden — whew!

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Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall. The trees have started changing–my favorite part of fall. Well, along with the cooler weather, fewer bugs, and … wait, it was 93 and tropical humidity yesterday, and I’ve been fighting squadrons of airborne vampires. Ugh.

Oh, and the other thing I love about fall–the garden is almost done. So much time, and weeds, and mosquitos, and chipmunks, and OMG tomatoes and cucumbers and green beans and zucchini. I’ve been taking the surplus to work because there’s no way we can consume it all before it goes bad.

And they appreciate it, since a good number of them live in subdivisions or apartments where they can’t have a garden.

So, here’s some pics of my sad, sad garden. And I haven’t pulled weeds for-ev-er. So, fair warning 😀

potato row Here’s my forlorn garden. The bare row was the previous home of the potatoes. I’ve pulled the onions, and I decided to pick my final green beans. I’ve pulled half of those plants, and one of the remaining zucchini plants. The cucumber died a few weeks ago (secretly, woo-hoo!). One plant, and I had more cucumbers than I imagined from a single plant.

Brussels sprouts

The poor Brussels sprouts. Sigh. Since I don’t use chemicals, the cabbage worms have been eating well. I hand-pick the caterpillars every other day, but those little green buggers are easy to miss. We’ve been eating beets, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc, so I haven’t picked any sprouts yet. I was hoping to wait until after the first light frost to pick them because they’ll be sweeter, but I can’t wait much longer. 🙂

tomatoesAnd the tomatoes. Uff-da. I planted a lot because we wanted to can tomatoes this year, but hoo-boy. Fourteen plants. Note to self: Do not plant anywhere near that many next year.

canned tomatoesWe’ve canned 37 quarts of tomatoes so far. My hubby made a batch of chili, and a batch of spaghetti sauce, and we still have enough tomatoes to do another 7 or 8 quarts.

And I had to include more monster zucchini squash. They are the sneakiest, hiding until they’re huge so I can find them. 😀

monster zukes

Once the first frost hits, it’ll be the end of the garden except for the Brussels sprouts and the kale. Now if I can remember not to overdo the garden next year…

Yeah, right. I say that every year. Next year my goal is a garden half the size of this year’s garden. Uh-huh. We’ll see. I always seem to forget just how many veggies I get from a few plants.

So, there you have it. The raspberries are starting to ripen again, second run. As long as it stays fairly warm, the raspberries will keep going. Last year I had sooo many raspberries I made a couple dozen half-pints of jelly.

Oh, almost forgot. Now with the weather getting colder–well, except for this past week–Zoey has the tendency to take advantage of a warm chair. As soon as I or my husband get up from our chairs, Zoey jumps in and makes her claim. And of course, she looks all innocent when we come back.

zoey steals chair

Enjoy the first weekend of autumn, but don’t forget to write 😀

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Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, four chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

10 thoughts on “Waning Garden — whew!

  1. Wow! Julie, this is a small-holding!! 😀 What a bountiful harvest and they all look so delicious. Oh, those tomatoes…and I’m impressed with the courgettes – what do you do to them?! Haha…as if you won’t do the same again next year- you’re a natural. Now, take a leaf out of Zoey’s book, a little break in the chair (having turfed her out, of course, little innocent thing!) and just read or write! 😃

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    • LOL! The monster zucchini get cut up and fed to the chickens, who enjoy them! I need to scare up a few more quart jars, I think. It’s been hot here the past few days, the favorite weather of tomatoes, so I expect I’ll be picking more this afternoon. My hubby already said we have enough quarts of tomatoes for a while 😀 Have a great weekend, Annika!

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  2. It’s not a sad garden if it fed you and your coworkers! It does kind of run out of steam at the end of the summer though, or we do. Mine is a mess, too. And it is utterly amazing how much food a few plants generate! Now you have the whole winter to write before planting next spring. 🙂

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    • I think you’re right, Diana, we both run out of steam by the end of the season. Now, if I can just remember that fewer plants = less extra veggies, I’ll be doing good 😀 And I’m looking forward to writing over the winter. I’ve been slacking this month due to canning, and garden, and so many other things (and I admit some procrastination as well). Gotta get my butt in gear. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I’m so impressed by your garden know-how, like the sprouts being sweeter after the first frost. And making jelly and what-not. Go you. You know, as a writer, could WRITE DOWN how much you planted and make a recommendation to your future self for next year. Paperclip it to the bottom of your calendar then transfer it to your new calendar for next year. I have to do that with reminders to myself that won’t take place till the following year. Also, thank you for adding the cat photo. She looks more like, “You got a problem with this” than innocent. Such is the way of Los Gatos!

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    • LOL! Yes, she’s got a bit of attitude whenever she steals our spot. Like, “so, whatcha gonna do about it?”. It’s almost like she dares us to move her. Of course, she gives ground–we are a lot bigger than she is 🙂

      Maybe I should actually write it down this time 😉 I never do because I always think I’m going to remember the next year. Ha! The older I get, the more I need to write down 😀 I did try to write it all down one year, even got a special Moleskin garden journal for it. I think I managed to record planting and some weather info, but by harvest time, the journal was gathering dust.

      Have a great week!

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  4. I wrote. I edited. I sent.
    I am sooo jazzed, that I finally (late afternoon today) sent my ms to my editor. *snoopy dance*
    I feel like like a kid on the first day of spring.
    Your garden is mind-boggling to me. I don’t know how you do it but I’m in awe. And I know all that harvest has to be awesome.
    Zoey defiently has the right idea in curling up in a comfy chair. Cats know what it’s all about 🙂

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    • Woo-hoo! Snoopy dance for you!! Ugh the garden. We’ve got enough tomatoes for another batch or two (at 7-8 qarts a batch) of tomatoes. On the bright side, the tomatoes are almost done. And hubby fried up some bacon yesterday, so BLTs!

      This time of year is always interesting with Zoey. She loves to go outside, but if it’s raining, she won’t go, but she still wants to, but forgets it was raining five minutes earlier when I opened the door for her to go out. Same with cold. Eventually she realizes staying inside is a better bet. Sometimes I wish we had a cat door 😀

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