Letting the Garden Go

I read somewhere (perhaps a book of gardening advice for type A personalities) that when you start feeling like your garden is more job than joy, it's time to just leave it for awhile.  A month ago--when the summer veggies were really slowing down and after the battle of the squash bugs--I was ready to do just that.

After my my month of neglect however, this morning I woke up with a whimsy for some roasted onion soup (recipe and pictures to be posted later this week), and for that I needed leeks from the garden.

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As you can see, the weeds did well for themselves while I was away.  The cucumber and bean vines largely withered to nothing, although there were still a few rotting tomatoes hanging on.  My rosemary looked better than it had all summer (sometimes less is more, I suppose), and the leeks, while small still, were of pick-able size. 

It seemed a lot of people had the same idea I did and had taken a break.  The result was that our community garden--pleasantly rambling on the best of days--looked just plain wild. 

I pocketed a few nice sprigs of rosemary, pulled up an armload of leeks, and went home to make my soup.  The clean-up will have to be done eventually (at least by the time the garlic I ordered from Seed Savers gets here in mid-October), but for now I'm still letting it go.