Sunday, October 21, 2012

The 2012 Garden is Winding Down (Final Garden Update for 2012)

When the garden is winding down each fall, I freeze fresh herbs to use all through the winter.  In this photo sage leaves, rosemary, and thyme are ready to go into the freezer.

It's been a while since I've posted a garden update, but this year's garden has been one of my most productive ever.  Now fall is here and the garden is definitely winding down.  I'm always sad to see the garden produce come to an end, so this time of year I'm busy freezing things from the garden. (See  My Favorite Tips for Freezing Garden Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, and Vegetables if you have garden stuff you're trying to preserve.)  I've started freezing herbs for winter, made tomato sauce, and frozen pesto.  I've pulled out the green beans, peppers, and eggplant, but my garden still has plenty of greens flourishing, so I'm trying to think of new recipe ideas for using them. 

My garden is pretty this time of year, even when the production of vegetables is slowing down.

I still have lots and lots and lots of Red Russian Kale, which I love to use in my Power Salad Mix.   If Anyone has other ideas for using this milder-flavored kale variety, I'd love to hear them! 

I also have lots of Swiss Chard, so I've been using it in soup and egg dishes.

The curly green kale is not quite as abundant, but there is quite a bit of that too.  I made some kale and basil pesto, which I'm looking forward to experimenting with.

The tomatoes are loaded with green tomatoes and a few are getting red.  I'll pick the green ones soon and bring them inside to ripen.

And the volunteer tomatillos are flourishing where they sprouted up in the bed with the red kale!

And as much as I love this Russian Sage that grows along the front of my garden and around my yard, yesterday my nephew Jake came over to help me with yard clean-up for the winter, and we pruned away all these lovely blooms.


If you have a garden, let us know in the comment how it's doing now that fall is here.  Are you done for the winter, or are you still getting a few things from the garden?  (You can see all my garden updates since 2006 under the tab Gardening at the top of the page.)
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14 comments:

  1. I think the garden is prettiest in the Fall, even as vegetables and herbs are shutting down for the colder weather. You're lucky to have your nephew helping you with garden cleanup. Maybe he'd like to come to Rhode Island and help me!

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  2. Lydia he might! (Especially if you pay him like I do.) Could NOT have cleaned up all the yard without him.

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  3. What a gorgeous garden, Kalyn! I bet you could freeze the greens for soups and stews this winter. :-)

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  4. Oh... and this might be a good soil to use lots of greens! :-)

    http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/green-soup-with-ginger/

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  5. Your garden looks beautiful, Kalyn. Perfect timing for freezing herbs...and I went overboard in buying tomatoes at the Farmers Mkt, so I need to freeze them too. I was looking forward to freezing my abundant basil which seemed to triple in size even after I gave half of it away...but alas, my delightful helper dug it all out of the garden when I was in Toronto, probably thinking it was a weed....I was looking forward to Pesto! oh well, there is always next year.

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  6. Your garden is an inspiration. How fun that you're sitting eating from it.

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  7. Your garden is lovely.
    We have that type of sage in California as well-we call it Mexican sage!

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  8. Thanks Janet, soup sounds great!

    Wanda, how sad about the basil. Mine has all frozen now but I did get some pesto made.

    Thanks Barbara!

    Tobie, that's funny.

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  9. My garden shut down a few weeks ago.. just snow, frost and no garden left in our north city! I really enjoyed seeing the abundance of healthy greens in your garden!

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  10. I am lucky to have so many greens. I'm trying to give them away or use them up before they get covered with snow!

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  11. I wouldn't stress too much about the hardy kale. They taste better after a frost! :-)

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  12. I'm so glad I got to partake of the goodies your garden offered! Can't wait to forage your kale next year, if I'm so lucky. :) Baked/Fried Green Tomatoes sound delicious, I'll be heading to my garden before Thursday's frost.

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  13. Hi Kalyn,

    I harvested some Swiss chard, oregano (drying), chives (freezing), and jalapenos yesterday. I have a few green tomatoes on the vines that I hope will ripen before the cold weather arrives.

    Maybe next year I'll have a bumper crop like yours (weather permitting!).

    Cheers!

    Bruno

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  14. Janet, good to know!

    Heidi, there is still a lot of greens if you want some!

    Bruno, sounds like you did get to enjoy quite a few things this year. I still have lots of green tomatoes but I am afraid they might have frozen the last two nights. When I wake up these days there is frost on everything!

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