"God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." ~Author Unknown
Summer now seems far behind us as we navigate through Vancouver's famous rain. Mid-September weather changed quickly sending the veggie garden messages to begin preparing for cooler times.
We began cleaning up the garden for its winter sleep about three weeks ago when snap peas were dried up and their hanging seed pods were ready for picking. Corn stalks were pulled up to be chopped and left to compost. Oregano petals were dehydrated and crushed for winter's savoury dishes.
The twenty huge basil plants continued to grow as we madly gathered their leaves, preparing jars and jars of basil spread for the freezer. Tomatoes, large and small basked in their warm greenhouse surroundings. Green peppers were plucked and refrigerated and the last few raspberries that rebelled against the cold were appreciatively gobbled with wide-eyed delight!
It's been a grand summer, almost too perfect for words! Scrumptious corn and crunchy green beans were relished for the last month and fruit trees were prolific. Dried fruit leather sits in the pantry, crystal clear apple juice, both frozen and enjoyed freshly-made. We planted garlic and one winter crop but really haven't ventured into the how-to's of winter vegetables nor really care to, at this time.
After experiencing and sharing with family and friends, the splendour, excitement and glory of our organic garden, there comes a sadness that it's all over for another season. Like Terry's Manitoba farming cousins, we will take the winter off, do the housework more diligently, sit by the fireplace, make music and fill up on this summer's cache.
The world arrives on our doorsteps next February to enjoy the 2010 Winter Olympics and we will have forgotten what the warmth and generosity of summer feels like. But thankfully, the sun will eventually rise from the darkness of winter and the lovely daffodils will raise their trumpets to announce the coming spring so that once more the passion of organic gardening will re-ignite within us and we will remember that...
"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling." ~Mirabel Osler
Thank you to the David Suzuki Foundation and the David Suzuki Digs My Garden Contest for giving me and Terry the opportunity to share the workings of our organic garden. May we love and take care of this amazing planet by getting on our hands and knees to notice and pay homage to the simplicity of life that lives in an organic garden. May human beings be as cooperative and intelligent.