Forecasters are calling for the first frost of the season tonight, so I think it’s a good time to show you what’s happening in our fall vegetable garden. Before I begin our preparation for putting our garden to bed for winter, I think we should enjoy the fresh vegetables that are available now.
Here’s a couple rows of collards. My mother always told me that collards are only good if they’ve been touched by frost so I’m looking forward to cutting and cooking some of these tomorrow. I recommend My Collard Greens Recipe. It’s a fall favorite here at Cottage at the Crossroads!
Here’s just a snapshot of what’s growing in our raised beds. We’re already enjoying the mustard greens, and we have a fresh salad almost every night using the lettuce and radishes. Jane’s planning on cooking a great potato soup tonight incorporating the kale tonight. The cabbages are forming heads and will be ready soon. Man! You talk about healthy! I feel better already just thinking about it!
I’m really glad to see the okra go. We’ve had pickled okra, fried okra, stewed okra and tomatoes, grilled okra, okra in soup, and I’m up to my ears in okra. I’ve never eaten so much of it, and I’ve had enough. But, if I change my mind later, there’s plenty in the freezer.
I think this is the coolest thing. We planted these marigolds in the early spring in between our tomato plants because they are a natural pesticide. So after I discarded the tomato plants, I left the marigolds. They continue to bloom and grow right up until the first frost. I’m just a sucker for a good lookin’ flower!
I’ve stacked up the tomato cages for the winter. This is my fifth year using them, and I highly recommend you make your own DIY Tomato Cages.
The best thing that I did in this year’s garden was to learn How to Control the Weeds in Your Vegetable Garden. So now, for the winter, I’ll remove the straw, roll up the landscape fabric, till in some fresh compost, and let the soil sit for the winter. By the way, if you buy a good quality landscaping fabric, you can use it from year-to-year.
So there you have it. After a lot of hard work and patience, another successful vegetable gardening season. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the work. “What’s that, Jane? The soup and salad’s ready?”
I think I just answered my own question! Stay hungry for fresh vegetables, my friends!
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