Fall: Time for the Gardener to be Grateful

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November 25th, 2013

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Just-planted fall garlic bed. Although it will be cold for the next few months, this garlic will be sprouting and we'll have green garlic before we know it!

Susan Belsinger

Garlic is a fall-planted crop in most areas of the country. It takes from 7 to 9 months before it is ready to harvest. I like to grow both hard-and soft-neck varieties.

Separate each head into individual cloves when ready to plant.

Each clove that is planted will miraculously grow a whole bulb!

I am thankful that we have so many edible wild weeds--like this field cress-- in the backyard.

This aged stack of firewood recently piled on the backporch is a neccessity for which I am most grateful!

Although this bittersweet is an invasive plant, it sure makes a pretty autumn wreath.

Those green tomatoes that needed harvesting right before the frost make a great green tomato chutney.

Green cherry tomatoes combined with onions, shallot, raisins, apples, ginger and other spices make a tasty chutney to give as gifts.

Plants that spent the summer outside are now happily rewarding me with blooms indoors.

Thanksgiving cactus with timely blooms.

Three simple ingredients make a yummy Cranberry and Orange Relish.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Well, it is too cold to garden anymore this season... last night it was 18 degrees F in my zone 7 garden. Pretty much, all of the plants that should have been harvested have been cut... before it frosted... it is too late now since everything has been frozen. Tender perennials have been brought indoors to winter over in the greenhouse. The garlic was finally planted a couple of weeks ago--a little later than usual--though it will do fine.

This gardener has moved indoors--now is the time to take care of the indoor projects that have piled up while we were outside--and also take some time to appreciate what we have accomplished.

Source: www.vegetablegardener.com

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Sounds like you will be traveling...

I suggest you have a live flower sent to their home to arrive just before you get there... something like an azalea or a Thanksgiving cactus plant, or a Christmas Cactus plant.
While there, I recommend you be very active in helping prepare meals, serve and clean up after the meals.
Offer to do things like peeling the potatoes, set the table, etc.
Since you are going to be there for 4 days, offer to run the vacuum before guests arrive, etc.
Offer to make quick trips to the grocery store as you see the need.
If there are children in the family, help entertain the children to give their parents a break

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