Last week I heard someone say “De Nile ain’t just a river in Egypt,” and I was struck by how long it had been since I heard that expression. It’s also completely appropriate as an expression of my attitude to the garden as fall rolls forward: denial has kept me happily harvesting and planting fall crops.
Finally, I got into the garden this weekend and took out the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and okra. I turned the soil over and mulched around the fall crops that are coming up, some of them perpetually, as the rabbit keeps nibbling them down. I despair over the beets, whose greens must be extremely tasty, but I got lots of green tomatoes, some small eggplants, a few radishes. My chard remains quite vigorous and I should have carrots and turnips soon.
Today I went back to the garden to haul my cold frame back to its winter home. It needed a little cleaning up, but looks quite good, snugged down into the fresh mulch. I didn’t plant any seeds in it as it’s still a bit warm to keep the lid closed. I’m thinking of transplanting my cauliflower seedlings into it soon to keep the rabbit from eating them.
This afternoon I pickled some of the green tomatoes. They will need to cure for a week, but I’m looking forward to trying them. Meanwhile, I have some lovely lettuces from a fellow gardener to make salads with this week.