most wonderful time of the year

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I used to think that I loved autumn most of all. Crisp, cool and breezy.

Today, with the humidity, the temperature is 40°C. Not easy to be outside. Plus, it’s wet from the rain last night. Not likely that I’ll get more planting done today (because, yes, I brought more plants home for the back and front gardens.)

We’ll be hiding in the house, but hiding so happily. I have more jam, and pickles to make! My lovely cucumber plants are producing just nicely, and likely half a dozen jars will be made today. The cherry tomato in the “house garden” is huge (yes, that’s it right there, plus more than a few herbs, my zinnias and calendula, and a yellow pear tomato) and the tomatoes are just ripening. My breakfast today was a kale, zucchini and tomato salad, entirely made with “stuff from the garden.”

I can’t quite put my finger on the difference this year, but I think it has a lot to do with my new philosophy of PICK IT SMALL. That, and EAT A LOT OF KALE.

Previously, waiting for the carrots to get “just the right size” meant that I was buying carrots instead of eating them from the garden, and then being inundated with them much later in the season. Carrots coming out of our ears! Then, the waste that happens since I run out of time to process them, and the guilt. Not this year. Pick them small, enjoy, and keep going.

My garden is tiny, compared to the one I grew up with. But this year still feels manageable somehow. That, and the fact that I got 90% of the garden weeded before that great rain a couple days ago, and that got us a good haul of beans, snap peas and pickling cucumbers yesterday. And the dill! Finally, finally, I have the dill I need on hand as the cucumbers are ready!

Really, I do think it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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