We had our first really hard frost last night. I harvested all the tomatoes and peppers a few days ago. I had a sheet over one pepper plant, we’ll see if it survived. If not, it’s not a big deal. We had a good summer with pretty good harvests. We had a pretty warm start to the summer with a cooler finish. As a result we had lots of peppers, but they stayed green, not ripening to beautiful yellows and reds. I have a big basket of green peppers. I much prefer the super sweet flavor of a ripe Golden Treasure pepper, but the green ones are good too. The tomatoes ripened reasonably well, giving us a lot of great tomato soups and salsas.
That’s one of the great things about gardening. It doesn’t get old. Every year is different. Drought, heat, cold, winds and storms, they all bring their own challenges. Add in critters that eat stuff, bugs that help or hurt, and the specific weather patterns that intensify everything, and you won’t find a year that is routine. I like the challenge. I like learning something new. I know that each year will bring it’s own ups and downs, and I look forward to the possibility that it brings.
Fall is upon us. The weather is cooler. It’s time to get the garden ready to go to sleep for the winter. Tearing out the tomatoes and peppers to prep the beds for next spring and then mulching all the roots that will overwinter. After a summer of hard work, it’s nice to have this down time too. The shelves are full of tomato sauce and soup, the freezers full of asparagus, peas and corn, and the basement is full of potatoes and onions. We’ll eat well, remembering all the bounty of the garden all winter long.