Putting the Garden to Bed

Pulling tomatoes.

Pulling tomatoes.

Fall has come and a frost finally wiped out the last of our tomatoes.  We could have saved them if we wanted by covering them with plastic but we decided to follow what Mother Nature wanted and let them go.

Good bye, sweet summer.
Good bye, eating fresh out of our garden every day.

I am ready to welcome the dark time of year into my life.  I could never live somewhere that did not have winter.  The changing of seasons is deeply moving to me and I love that connection.

Today I am thankful for all the food preservation I did this summer that will enable me to eat locally throughout the fall and winter.  I am thankful for all the fun times Jamie and I shared planning, planting, weeding, and tending our garden.  I am thankful for good friends who bestowed upon us buckets and buckets of manure to get our garden started.  And I am thankful for all the insects, microbes, and wiggly worms that helped make our garden a success.

Goodnight, my beautiful garden.  May you enjoy a peaceful winter slumber.

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