Fall is just about here. Apples are coming on and I'm seeing local cider pop up everywhere. Pumpkin stands are showing up on the side of the road. My favorite time of the year. Wood stove weather, the harvest, deer season and hard cider. The last week has given us a taste of the chilly fall weather I absolutely love. Standing on the deck breathing in the cool, crisp air at night while wearing my flannel and big socks makes me happy. I love to watch the trees turn, eat frost kissed squash and witness all of that energy put forth in spring to breath life into everything slowly wind down. Fall is the beautiful, vibrant, colorful transition to still winter slumber, when all of the animals are scurrying to prepare for the white winter wonderland just around the corner.
The garden has pretty much run it's course.
Over the next couple weeks we'll take out what we can before the frost
kills it, move the herbs inside and dry what we can. I have the hoop
house which will provide greens for us well into winter, but for the
most part and the garden has done it's job. I will keep my carrots and
potatoes in the ground for awhile and harvest them as I need them over
the next couple of months. They will be accessible as long as I cover
them with hay to keep the ground from freezing. I harvested my last bit
of potatoes last year on Thanksgiving day! It was nice to have fresh
potatoes to go with everything. We had a good year for taters and
should be well stocked, if put away, well into next year.