Wednesday, October 17, 2007

From a distance...


From a distance this garden looks fine. Up close, things are dying and it is painfully obvious. The tomatoes that ripen are split by the next days rains. The beans are hanging on their tee pee with the sad look of yellow leaves. The pathway has a million little starts in it from the more active seeders. The rock boarder is sadly overgrown with grass that is constantly too wet to mow. Always wet, always yellowing and old... the late fall garden can't really be weeded due to the constant damp of the air, and of course, the simi-constant pelting rain. But from a distance...

It always feels like a death, watching the garden go pear shaped like this. Sad, in a way, that another years harvest is over, and happy in a way, because I enjoy being inside. I like my cup of tea hot, and my sweaters wool. I like it cold. But for gardening? The season ended so fast this year. I am loving my hot cup of something and my knee high socks, but I miss my garden already.

6 comments:

Shannon said...

Hi Val! WL from Crunchy Life reccomended a great book titled The Four Seasons Garden (I think that's it). Great book on fall and winter gardening. I was amazed to learn how you can garden outdoors all year round.

I was very inspired.....but oh.....I want more of what you have going on for next year for starters!!!

Lizz said...

Mine was done and put to bed weeks ago. I too was sad. The chikens are having a fine time out there now. They till and spread the compost for me. They add their own too! :wink:

Sarah said...

I love your garden. Although I can imagine it's sad to watch it fade. I can't wait to get one started at the new house. It's really all I am thinking about lately and I just took some books out about gardening too.

Katie said...

Agreed....my sentiments exactly! Enjoy the warmth of your drink & socks :)

Ter said...

I think the reason why it's so sad to see the garden wither away is because it's like all your hard work disappearing.

From your other photos, I pictured your garden to be much much bigger!!

Val said...

This is just the produce garden. I do have a herb garden and a squash garden. They are just completely on the other side of the yard. lol.... There is a corner that isn't being used yet. So I think that may be where the kids garden is going to be and the play house. Fun fun fun!

Val