The almost-final harvest of 2009 is in the house

As mentioned previously, with tbe approaching frost comes the need to bring the last crops in from the gardens, save for the brussels sprouts, carrots, and potatoes. Well, we did that today. We brought in many green tomatoes, broccoli, hot and sweet peppers, more green tomatoes, (tiny) cucumbers, a big batch of beans, and still more green tomatoes. All together it filled three buckets and weighed at least thirty pounds.

Stacie brought in all the herbs from the front yard garden. She hung them up to dry in a most curious location:

Hanging Herbs

Look closely; those aren’t curtains, but herbs drying. The dining room now smells faintly of pizza, thanks to the oregano and thyme herbs that are perched above the window. It’s a logical place for them. They’ll get sunlight, it’s not too humid, and the dog can’t reach them.

Back on potatoes for a moment. According to the useful University of Illinois Extension web page on growing potatoes, they can be harvested in August or September. I did harvest one bucket of potatoes back in August, with good results. But I let my other bucket go longer to see what would come of it. We’ll soon find out. I’ll try to empty the second bucket on Sunday. I’ll show you how that looks, too.

It was great to get back to the gardens today. Tearing up the tomato and bean plants is quite cathartic! In warmer months, working in the earth helps keep me in balance. In the late fall, it helps relieve some tension through a little plant pulling. We’ll have to see what I can do in the winter months to find similiar outlets.

I did hear about this one fish farm somewhere in Bay View…

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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