Last weekend we put the garden to bed for the season. This year's highlights....
PUMPKINS! I can't tell you how many years I've planted pumpkins, but I can tell you that I've never harvested one before this year. (Damn squash bugs!) Not that I had much to do with these (or their four brothers and sisters). They sprouted up on a volunteer vine that grew out of our compost pile. All I did was leave them alone.
I love harvesting the first tomato each year, but I am equally fond of the last ones. For the past few years, one of the highlights of my canning calendar has been making this green tomato chutney at the end of the season. It's so good with everything.
While we were putting the garden to bed, I also decided to scrape the chicken run down to the rocky soil underneath. Next year's garden is going to be rocket fueled with all that compost--it was a lot of poop!
We also put in a new watering area to hopefully help the run stay drier over the winter. Longtime friends may note that, yes, that wood used to be the Kid's bed frame. Waste not, right?