84. Harvest – Whew!

fall wreath with labelFall is the best season!

So inspiring to a fibre artist.cottonwood stand, labelled

But, wo/man! What a big job!

Everything I harvest needs to be processed somehow if we can’t consume it now.

I have canned Harvard beets, cucumber relish, raspberry jam.

Frozen pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, salsa.

Dried mushrooms and hot peppers.roasting hot peppers

Made roasted jalapeno and cayenne paste.roasted peppers in oil

Made a fabric dye bath out of indigo leaves and lobster mushrooms (I love how the top lobster mushroom actually looks like a lobster tail.)lobster mushrooms

Picked and dried a whole bunch of dye plants for later use in the winter.flowers for dyeing

Dried a raft of herbs (was a great year for herbs with all the heat.)dried herbs

Picked and ate fresh all the grapes.grapes on vine

Made apple pie filling out of our 35 apples from these two little trees:apple trees

Somehow, in all the excitement (!) of building our house these last five years, I completely overlooked the need for a root cellar. To the internet I go – search ‘makeshift root cellar’. Decide to use this old hardware box from F-I-L’s basement, combined with leftover burlap from son’s wedding, to create storage for carrots, beets and potatoes.root cellar box Collage

Our little roof-top vegetable garden was so productive this year. Some of the carrots were so long that when they reached the landscape cloth at the bottom of the boxes, they just started to grow up or wind up like a snail, or push themselves up out of the ground a few inches.

I cleaned the root vegetables and layered them between damp burlap, stored in the garage, the coolest place that doesn’t have vermin.

Made all the eggplants into Baba Ghanoush dip, and froze it.eggplant harvest

Have been picking (and loving!) all the garden flowers, and there are still some brave dahlias, jack-o-lanterns, hydrangeas and even a couple of renegade sweet peas.fall's flowersveggie harvest collage

I’m exhausted from just writing about harvest season. Gotta go to bed!virginia creeper on rocks

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10 thoughts on “84. Harvest – Whew!

  1. I like the natural wreath hanging over the wall lantern and of course all the picking, preserving and cooking you did. You’ve also managed to put together a pretty bouquet for your enjoyment.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  2. I can imagine you are exhausted, what a lot of work, fantastic photos, and did I read roof top gardener? wow I”m impressed I have a full garden and don’t harvest anything near what you have taken out, love salsa btw. I have to ask about the lobster and plant for dye, what is it you fabric dye? Thanks for sharing

  3. Wow, you have been busy. What bounty, you are blessed! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  4. All the flowers and produce are so pretty! I love this time of year. I need to remember to plant eggplant next year – and flowering kale. They are two that I seem to forget about – but both are so pretty.

  5. You have had a marvelous harvest! Love fall! Gorgeous flowers! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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