I had every intention of pulling everything out of the garden today.
Just like I had that same intention last week.
I have a bad habit of wanting everything just "so" in my life...everything has it's place and when it's time to clean, you need a fresh slate in order to feel like you can move forward.
That means this time of year, when I need patience in the garden to understand that everything takes it's course and is ready to be harvested when "it" says it's ready, is exceptionally difficult for me.
Most people I know have pulled everything out of their gardens and have gotten ready for the winter solstice (doesn't that sound just so old-fashioned? I love it!!). But many "seasoned" gardeners, who know how to get the last bit of goodness from the ground, have quite a ways to go before they say goodbye. In my heart I want to be "seasoned"...but I'm not and I need patience here too.
It was a beautiful sunny day and it was a perfect day to close the garden. But, what I saw were beautiful plants that just weren't ready. I think some of them even spoke to me...crazzzy...
I realized that Mother Nature has given us a decent autumn with enough sunshine and warm weather to stretch out our season just a little bit more...
So this is what I did today...
But, we planted them too late and they are going to be "wee" cabbages. But my dad, aka the "seasoned" gardener, said keeping them in the ground to experience a touch of cold (even frost) makes them extra sweet.
Next time you have a party, take some woody stalks (either from your garden or at the store) and take the bottom "leaves" off each stalk, exposing the woody part of the stalk and use it like a skewer to thread chicken on...it gives such a unique flavour and it is so pretty on a plate.