The freezing, canning, and jam making are essentially done - yeah!!!! It feels so good. It is hard work but still fun and so fulfilling to see all the colorful jars on the pantry shelves and the full freezer.
|Sister Sandi gave me these wonderful|
labels for my birthday. Perfect, huh?
Beautiful pickled beets...and so so delicious especially during the winter. I use a traditional old fashioned recipe that I remember from my childhood. I have always loved pickled beets. But I also love them fresh steamed, roasted and grated raw on a salad. It's such a lovely sweet vegetable that is under utilized.
I've begun to clean up the garden and plan for next years planting. With tomatoes and potatoes, it is important to rotate crops to avoid disease so I've selected the area for those crops next year. I've also decided to reduce the number of items to plant because I want to devote the prime garden real estate and my time to those plants we love the most since I am reducing the size of the garden too. Yes, I'm condensing the garden to only the raised beds except for the asparagus bed. The past two years I planted veggies all around the perimeter in the ground but next year that space will be flowers and berry bushes. Year three and I think I've finally found the right garden design. I am pleased about it.
I'm looking forward to putting the garden to bed for the winter and to focus on other creative projects. But I have to admit, I am thinking about next years garden too. When the seed catalogues begin arriving in the mail this winter, I will be excited all over again. Truly a gardener through and through, I am.
|The geranium is in for the winter in|
a perfect spot in the south window