Transitioning

Just a couple of weeks ago we were bringing in crates of eggplant and peppers.  Now the pickings are slim.

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But just as one set of crops fades away, another set arrives.

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Thanks to an unusually wet end of summer, we’re a little behind on our fall gardens.  They’re coming though.

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17 comments on “Transitioning

  1. DM says:

    wow…! beautiful crops. did you ever dream years ago when you were running all over doing Lawyer stuff, that one day you would be growing beautiful food for people to buy and eat?

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. Near the end I began dreaming that we might grow as much of our own food as possible. Not until a few years ago did I begin to imagine feeding so many other people. It’s been a good journey.

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, nice. I’m glad that crops are coming in for you. It’s still raining here and keeping me from doing any garden work. Today is supposed to be a sunny day but all the grass needs mowing before it starts raining again. This is the wettest growing season I’ve seen in a long time. I’m going to start cleaning up the garden as any thing that’s left will not produce much of anything else this year. I’m already planning for next year with the hope that it will be a better year. I pray that all your fall crops will bring the garden to a profitable close for this year.

    Have a great transitioning fall garden day.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s been raining here fairly steady for over a month. It rained 1/2 inch yesterday and another 1 1/2 inches today. The gardens are muddy messes. It’s mid September and I haven’t finished planting. Don’t know when we’ll get the lettuce in. But on the bright side the pastures are lush and loving it. I don’t expect I’ll need to buy any hay this year.

      And you and I have said several times now, every year is different. We just have to take what nature gives us and do our best with it.

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  3. bobraxton says:

    itchy pea-shelling thumb/finger here

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  4. Fresh green beans are making me hungry. I can taste how sweet they are. 🙂 –Curt

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  5. Beans look fabulous. As one crop fades away, another set arrives – sounds like an adage for life.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    We’ve got some endings going on here, too. This may have been the last week for peaches. Sigh. But this week’s variety is a doozy — big, fat, white peaches that are the best yet of this season.

    The lady cream peas are gone now, and the green beans. There still are some purple hulls, but next week may be the end for them. As we say in Texas, what comes around, goes around.

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    • Bill says:

      One of the joys of seasonal eating is savoring the goodness that you know won’t last, while anticipating the goodness that is to come. I think it helps us better appreciate the veggies. It does for me at least.

      I’ll miss my tomato sandwiches, but I’m really looking forward to sweet potatoes and that first bowl of collard greens.

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  7. Leigh says:

    Your end of the season harvest looks lovely and your bean look so healthy! Behind of the fall garden here too. But then, I always am. The recommended August for planting seems way too hot!

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    • Bill says:

      That’s usually the case here too. It’s been so hot the past few years that I pushed our planting dates back. But this year has been unusually cool. The problem has been that’s it’s been too wet to work the soil. But we’re getting it done slowly. Hoping for a great fall harvest.

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  8. Joanna says:

    Due to some early autumn (fall) warmth we still have our tomatoes and it looks like we will have virtually no green ones at all. I did pick a few with the idea to make some chutney, as I didn’t make any last year and I am sure the stocks are low. At least the warmth means that some squashes are now actually producing. I sympathise with your wet year, ours was wet two years ago, last year was so dry that even now our water table seems low, but this year was like you said, like no other. Too hot, then too cold and wet, then some reasonable summer weather, then cold and finally nice again. Our plants and chickens are not sure what season it is

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    • Bill says:

      We have some confused plants too now. I guess we have to keep reminding ourselves that our job is to respond to what nature gives us. We have to stay flexible.

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      • Joanna says:

        It makes you realise why huge mono-cultures are not the way to go. At least with a variety of plants, something usually does well. In the summer we often get high temperatures, but one year it was wet and cold – the peas and brassicas loved it, whereas normally they are all finished by the end of June or struggle along.

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