Monday, September 17, 2012

Gratitude Monday --Garden Goodness Edition

Harvest is one of my favourite times of the year. It's when all the work of spring and summer come to fruition. It's a busy time for most of us even if you're like me and only have a small garden in the back.
The busy time doesn't last long, but it still comes.
Yesterday Mike dug out my carrots while I brought in the coriander to ripen. I like to leave it out, but he wanted to dig over the garden. I only had a few plants as they'd grown wild this year. I harvested enough from last year's planting that I had no intention of growing any more for several years.
A few plants popped up in the carrots and beans. I let them go with the idea to take a few cilantro leaves as needed. They smelled so good I decided to leave them in.
A few potatoes grew wild as well. Mike digs compost into the garden in spring and/or fall. Quite a few random plants come up with the seeded ones. I often let them grow.
Anyway, back to the carrots. I cleaned the first batch as he dug. He cleaned the next three batches. In they are photo below
three bath towels full worth are drying and resting comfortably, unaware of their fate. The first towelfull are on the table being quickly and humanely topped and tailed.

They waited in the fridge overnight. Today they're being blanched and frozen to be enjoyed during the cold winter months.

I am grateful for a great many things: the garden, the carrots, and all the work my husband did yesterday in bringing in our harvest.


Tabor said...

We got carrots this year as well, but I think my husband harvested them too early as they are all small. Oh well, we may learn better next year.

solarity said...

Makes me want pot roast.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

messymimi said...

Yum, now and for months to come.

Leah J. Utas said...

Tabor, patience is a big part of gardening.

Mary Anne, I can see why.

Messymimi, oh yes. I love them raw straight from the garden, but they'll be so welcome in December and beyond.

the Bag Lady said...

Yum! Now I'm hankering to go out and dig a few of my own.... and make Mary Anne's pot roast!! (Thanks for the suggestion, Mary Anne!)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Oh my goodness, that's a LOT of carrots! Very healthy, but don't turn all orange on us now...

Leah J. Utas said...

Bag Lady, pot roast at your place sounds good.

Crabby, I'll keep my hue change to a minimum.

Hilary said...

Oh yum.. they look wonderful.

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, they are.