Seasonal Musings

October 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

It is raining here.  The grey skies lend themselves well to helping the yellow, red, and orange leaves stand out all the more.  The sunshine of previous days let the feeling of summer linger past the official change of the seasons, but now it feels much more autumnal.  Thanksgiving is approaching which naturally turns one’s mind towards being more grateful, but such thoughts have been stirring in my mind for the last while simply because life has ups and downs, and sometimes on that rollercoaster thankfulness is forgotten.

This past summer of gardening also prompted me to think more about this – it was supposed to be the best year yet for the garden (I think that every year!), but circumstances meant the cultivated aspect of gardening was abandoned to veggies growing wild or not at all.  A mixture of success and failure existed side-by-side, though not necessarily in equal measure (who knew failure could be so glaringly represented in bush beans utterly lacking in productivity?!).  However, I decided to let go of what didn’t work and instead be thankful for what did (three cheers for successfully growing swiss chard!!!).

Through the autumn and winter months ahead, I’ll spend time musing over how the garden can be more productive next year and what I’ve learned from the failures and successes of this past summer; but for now, a nod to being thankful with a sampling of what the garden produced this year.

Red Russian garlic and onions - first time for an onion harvest! Previous years produced bolting onion flowers and zero growth on the bulb.

Red Russian garlic and onions – first time for an onion harvest! Previous years produced bolting onion flowers and zero bulb growth.

The last harvest of a variety of tomatoes

The last harvest of a variety of tomatoes

Golden zucchini....I love the rich colour this variety has.  Big or small, it's always tasty :)

Golden zucchini….I love the rich colour this variety has. Big or small, it’s always tasty 🙂

Basil (Rosie, Genovese and Cinnamon varieties) and sage before being dried

Basil (Rosie, Genovese and Cinnamon varieties) and sage before being dried

Oregano leaves dried and crushed

Oregano leaves dried and crushed

Saving seeds - fennel  (mmm....licorice!!) and New Zealand spinach

Saving seeds – fennel seeds (mmm….licorice!!) and New Zealand spinach seeds

Pie pumpkins and a little squash - it was supposed to be an acorn squash but its looks seem to indicate otherwise.  Any ideas on what type it could be?

Pie pumpkins and a little squash on the left – it was supposed to be an acorn squash but its looks seem to indicate otherwise. Any ideas on what type it could be?

Basil still growing along with flowering cilantro and marigolds

Basil still growing along with flowering cilantro and marigolds

New crop of mustard greens with basil

New crop of mustard greens with basil

Still gratefully munching on beet greens,

Amanda

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