So it’s the end of the garden for this season, and the end of another part of my life as well.
I resigned my position as executive editor at Blogcritics at the end of September. After six gratifying and mostly fun years behind the scenes, it was simply time for me to reclaim some of my personal life while I ponder my next steps. At the very least, I’m happy to have time to relax with the Sunday papers and spend an evening here and there watching TV with my undivided attention. At best, I’m hoping to spend at least some of my reclaimed time writing, which hopefully means more regular posting right here.
The garden was pretty successful this year, and as always, we learned things. This year’s additions included two Earthboxes (for tomatoes) and a 4 x 4 raised bed herb garden. The herb garden flourished (Italian basil, Thai basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, lavender, and mint) and I found it hugely gratifying to wander out to the yard every evening to gather some fresh herbs to cook with. And the lavender is in bloom right now, perfuming the yard. It’s a wonderful thing, especially combined with the heady scent of the basil.
We had a bumper crop of habanero peppers — and we will not be planting quite so many of these next year. We’ve had lots of green peppers, summer squash, and cucumbers, and even a few eggplants. The tomatoes, as always, were challenging, but the cherry tomatoes did really well. The heirlooms were another story; blossom end rot is pretty hard to deal with.
And right now there’s a chicken roasting in the oven, and I’ve managed to make a week’s worth of breakfasts (steel cut oatmeal, dried apples and cranberries, a touch of cinnamon and some brown sugar), and am about to make one last batch of pesto with the garden’s last basil.
All in all a good year, and the garden, as it always does, reminds me that things end and begin again, over and over.