The Family That Gardens Together

DH has gone up on the hill with some of the boys, to clean up so he can mow around that fence. I have a minute to post, while we wait for some workers to head back down to work in the garden.

It is a bittersweet day on the farm. Time to till under the vegetable garden and plant a Fall one. Overall, it was a good year. The rain seemed to cooperate for the most part. Usually we have seen flooding and dry spells, never catching a break. Our pantry and freezers are full of goodness. Still, I have a hard time tearing up a garden that is still producing.

What! You say? Still producing? Yes, the zucchini was late coming on this year, and the green beans still have life in them. Pepper plants will continue to produce, as long as the peppers are picked, so they are still looking great. I know it is time to switch to the fall things, but I have a soft spot for anything that shows a little gumption.

The kids have no romantic notions of the garden. Unlike the scenes of a Hallmark movie, all farm kids do not wake at dawn, and grab the egg bucket to start their chores. Mine wake at 7 and grumpily take the bucket out. No matter that they have had chores to do since age 3. They certainly don’t refuse, but there is no skipping involved. 🙂

Today, the garden is going to be stripped of everything. Green tomatoes in one box, anything with a hint of color in another. Green bean plants get  pulled up and cleaned of every available bean, pepper plants the same. Everyone except the two youngest, will be cranky about it. Oh well.

This winter, they will be singing a different song, when our table bears the weight of all the things grown here on our place. The kids forget the sweat and just look forward to eating it (and poking fun at their poor mother).

Well, I need to go gather the boxes for the garden. Have a great day everyone!

1 thought on “The Family That Gardens Together”

  1. HelloI am the first one to comment on ur post today! Love the idea of getting up to fetch eggs myself but I get my dozen from the Farmers Market–can't be as fresh as these:)

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