September 28, 2009

Full of Surprises

I think I've said this before, but I almost enjoy fall gardening more than anything! We're no longer pampering seedlings, or fighting the voracious weeds, or wondering whether or not we need to water. In fact we just let her go, and visit once in a while and find treasure - it's awesome! This weekend we found gorgeous Swiss chard which hasn't been eaten by the summer bugs. More peppers had appeared, some of which were hidden and actually had the chance to turn orange and red since we weren't snatching them off the vine as soon as we saw them. No surprise there were more cucumbers, and there are lots of these "Green Jenny" melons, which are an heirloom variety that tastes something like a cross between cantaloupe and honeydew - jury's still out on this for me, but DH likes them. Soon we'll do an overview of all our heirloom attempts and see what we thought was worthwhile.

Heirloom tomatoes will always be in our garden, and they're still going strong. But since we've done all the canning we want to do, it's now just a joy to go out and pick only what we want to eat in the next couple of days, and I think I appreciate them more when I know they'll soon be gone for another year. We're always surprised by how long the tomato season lasts, but temperatures are dropping this week and the end is near!

And now for the littlest surprises, these teeny little pumpkins! The smallest one shown is about the size of a half dollar. I thought I had picked all of the "Jack-Be-Little" pumpkins this year, and you can see here that I have decorated some of them. But surprise, surprise there were these tiny little guys out there trying hard to ripen before it was too late! I think these delightful surprises are a big part of what makes us look forward to the garden year after year.

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