In Praise for the Field Part 2: Garden Progress Report

Hungarian Wax Pepper looking a bit Prehistoric

This morning, while watering the garden before bathing for church, I didn’t want to leave. The air was cool, and smelled of damp earth. I walked around languidly examining the bright rows. I love this time of year. Everything is making its crop. We are eating salads and snacking right out of hand—snap peas, cherry tomatoes, raspberries, even baby potatoes with salt.

Sugar Ann Snap Pea, Drunk with Fruit

Now the kitchen is even busier than the garden. I can’t keep up with the exploding abundance. I make pickles and jam, herb and fruit vinegars, and pesto.

Pistou Basil looking like a Chia Pet

I dry and freeze and can and bundle and gather.

Dinners are simple, and incorporate whatever is being preserved at the time or needs picking. On jam-making night, we eat pancakes topped with the tail-ends of jam batches.  Another night, I use some of my raspberry vinegar with almond oil to dress a salad to serve with baked chicken breast.

Herb & Fruit Vinegars (left to right): Raspberry, Lemon-Spearmint, Country Herb (in back) and Blackberry-Rose

Or, I may serve wilted greens with bacon and cornbread, or stir linguica (Portuguese sausage) with red kidney beans and kale into a skillet.

Tonight I made a cottage-style cobbler with a crumb topping using blackberries left over from jam making. We will have that for breakfast tomorrow. Nothing must go to waste if it can be helped.

Even the animals are enjoying the field’s bounty. Many mornings, I pull a wheelbarrow full of weeds for the chickens. They love the lamb’s quarters, shepherd’s purse, chickweed and dock that, because of their high nutrient content, boost their immune systems for the coming winter months.

Soon we will set potatoes, squash and onions to cure for winter storage.

As autumn comes on, up here in the north, we feel a little sad that we soon will put the gardens to bed, but, still, there is a slight thrill of anticipation born of the knowledge that our pantries are full, and we have done what could be done. We anticipate the coming leisure for reading, writing and family with gratitude.  Like the garden, we will be settling down for our winter rest.

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6 Responses to In Praise for the Field Part 2: Garden Progress Report

  1. Cynthia Quinn says:

    What a beautiful blog…a beautiful garden and message!

    • PoetHerbalist says:

      Thank you, I am glad you like it. I try to show that there can be plenty in the midst of limited means, for one thing.

  2. don e says:

    thank you for the time and thought put into the daily herb. i enjoy visiting your site, learning new ways to garden, harvest and preserve natures gifts to us.

    • PoetHerbalist says:

      Thank you. It is a joy to write and an adventure. I have learned a lot about technology in the process. I am glad you enjoy it. Talk to you later.

  3. Stormy says:

    I love all the pictures!

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