We all seem to be slowing down as we ease into Fall, lazily following the pace of our gardens. Personally, I feel stuck in limbo, not sure what I should be doing at this very moment. The dozens of unripe peppers, eggplant, and squash continue to tease me from the stalk. I have been saying for weeks now that I should just rip most of them out. Should I? Am I naively continuing to wait hoping the peppers will turn shades of red right along with the oak leaves?
My newly sown seedlings are starting to show some size, and the pea tendrils are a few inches long. The promise of fresh cut greens again some time in the future is my favorite part about the garden right now, well that and the sweet potatoes. I dug a few last weekend, they were thin but we enjoyed them just the same. It was really satisfying to make a dish of roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions- all grown right outside the front door!
The garden is colorful right now. Dahlias and zinnias add little punches of orange, purple, pink, and red. The asparagus bed has me humming "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." when I water it. Maybe that was the nudge that had me starting my Holiday shopping today. So hard to think of snow and Santa when there is still so much green out there.