Ralph and I finished harvesting our garden this past weekend. We found the last of the beans, some stray peppers and even some tough little green tomato's. There was a lonely little Irish potato we had missed and the herbs. Plus the surprise of two ripe tomatoes hiding behind a squash plant!
The last bits from the garden.
As we dug the sweet potatoes and figured out where we would put them to cure we had to marvel at our little experimental farm and how much wonderful bounty it gave us this year. The garden soil was full of big fat earthworms, something that was not in this soil when we got here.The turned earth was rich and dark, bursting with organic matter and it looked more expectant than ready to rest for the winter.
Our mixed picking box of the Sweet Potatoes...in retrospect this looks pathetic...all the big potatoes are on the bottom!
I know there are bigger and better harvests out there but we are pleased with our small plot! We found out too late for this year but Sweet Potato Leaves are edible!
For anyone who has garden you know the feeling of pride and satisfaction when you eat something you have grown. Supper after harvest was made up of an organic pastured chicken we bought at the Farmer's market, roasted with our own herbs. A mixed vegetable medley of immature banana squash which turned out very well, sort of like dense zucchini, a mix of Goose, Dade and Rose Green beans and a tomato salad.
The last of the squash..it was amazing how many we didn't know were there!
One last perfect blossom!
The rest are from the crazy Pink Banana Squash volunteer plant! There are some great things you can do with this squash...thank goodness because we have 7 of them! [7 big ones that is, I don't count the small ones] I am going to make this one tomorrow. I have dehydrated this crazy squash and it handles that very well, I blanched and froze cubes and I have also made and frozen mashed squash. Our deep freeze is getting full and I feel pleased that this year we have a good supply of so many things we have produced.
Despite the cold weather and the end of the season the Banana Squash is still setting tendrils. I love the way they curve so elegantly.
Our first peanut harvest...its almost as good as Christmas!
So now our garden looks dreadful with dead plants and torn vines, ripped up earth and scattered bits of vine. This week will see the debris get squared away. The three long trellis come down and get rolled up to put away for winter. The trash will be worked in with the tiller and then we will throw a cover crop over it all.
Battered and torn, the garden has blessed us with lots of wonderful produce and hours of enjoyment!
We have to give a prayer of thanks for our bounty and we look forward to the cycle starting all over. I know with each bite of our own food we feel the wonder of how it all works! Yes to every purpose there is a season!