Growing

Turn, Turn, Turn

Snow on the grapevines

Snow on maple leaves

The seasons are changing. Bye-bye heat wave; hello cool weather and changing leaves. We had our first snow a couple of days ago and a hard freeze for two nights. Last year, I was out-of-town when this happened. I left with a beautiful, vibrant garden (see “Work in Progress”); I came back to several inches of snow and frozen tomatoes.  This year, I was determined not to let that happen again. So when I got home from work and an after-work appointment, I went outside with a flashlight as the thermometer hit freezing, harvesting my vegetables.

This horseradish plant was happy and hot a couple of weeks ago; today, it’s whining about the cold.

When I looked over what I picked in the dark, I had a bell pepper and Japanese eggplant that are ready to eat. I found some black beauty eggplants that weren’t ripe enough, and it was too late now to grow more. I’d not grown them here before, because I’d heard the growing season was too short here. What I heard was apparently correct, so next year, I’ll stick with Japanese eggplant. I harvested some peppers that were so hot that my eyes and lungs burned, just washing them. I found a co-worker that loves hot peppers and I’m giving them to him.

Overripe Japanese eggplant, perfect peppers, tomatoes, and squash

A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to find out that I’d let some Japanese eggplants grow a little too long. I hadn’t seen them, hiding deep under the leaves. I picked them, although they weren’t purple anymore; one was white and another yellow. I didn’t know if they were still okay to eat or not. We enjoyed eating perfectly ripe tomatoes and squash.

So as I reflect on the seeds I planted early this year, I’m thinking about which projects were “picked”

Cat checks out new harvest

too early. Do I need to continue learning about some things that I thought I’d mastered? Like the Japanese eggplant, which projects or pastimes no longer serve me, and need to step back and move on? Which ones are doing just fine? The grape vines took off like wildfire this year, but they won’t yield fruit until next year.  Do I have some long-term projects that will continue into next year? Is it a project that will reap benefits for many years to come? Is there a project like the peppers — it all works, but it isn’t right for me?

It’s time for me to reflect on the projects I’m juggling. I started a new one earlier this year, as discussed in “Bring it On” Have I mastered it to perfection like the squash? Does it need more work like the black beauties? I don’t think it

These clover and violas (pictured a few weeks ago) look as bad as the horseradish now — no sense of humor about the cold.

is long-term, but where am I in the short term? I need to examine several of my pastimes and projects to decide what needs more work, what’s done, and what isn’t right for me.

What about your life? Is it time to reevaluate your projects, and decide what’s ready to harvest, and what’s ready to give up? Here’s a song to reflect these changing seasons. I can’t fight it; I might as well learn to deal with grace.

Ha! I finally figured out how to get the embedded video to work! Here’s music to match the post.

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    • We don’t have good weather here for okra. It’s hard to find in the grocery stores too, because it’s “imported” from somewhere else. The south? My potatoes have died two years in a row. I need to think about planting them somewhere else next year. I’m glad your pumpkins are looking good – I just don’t have the room for them. Send pictures of your success!

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      • Hm…maybe the things that grow well here do not grow well in CO! I guess that makes sense, hahaha…oh well. I am actually terrible at taking photos of my garden. O_o Maybe next year?

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  1. It’s a great metaphor, kdkh, and great questions. Something I thought I was ready to give up presented itself as a new call. Should I move on or listen? I rarely throw such considrations open to family input, and my parents said move on. I listened instead. We’ll see what transpires.

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  2. We have a lot of success with radishes, even in containers, and they go into the cool season without a problem. Funny that you should post this right now, because I’ve just been taking stock and re-evaluating my priorities, as well as trying to eliminate physical clutter, emotional clutter, and time clutterers. Looks like we’re on the same path! 🙂

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    • Thanks for the encouragement. I had to do some research to figure out what a broad bean is. They’re called a fava bean here, and I’ve never eaten one before. Maybe it’s time to try them as a gardener, then as a consumer! Thanks for the idea.

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