Monday, October 10, 2011

And then, there were none.

The gardens are gone.  We made our final harvest this weekend.
Lots of peppers and tomatillos...

mean salsa verde and maybe we'll try our hand at a hot pepper relish or chow chow.

And one tiny gourd.
The gourd was a bit of unexpected fun.  We put the seeds in the ground as a last minute, late decision so I thought the only thing we'd see was vines.  I was pulling vine off the fencing to get rid of it and found the little guy.  I need to figure out how to dry it out and make it into a little GrowDammit bird feeder.

The idea for hot relish comes from our friend Bo out at Brookberry Farm.  We featured Brookberry as a celebrity guest garden because he is an amazing photographer and everyone should buy his book.  Well, As a Man Thinketh isn't his but they did a reissue of a classic using his wonderful pictures.  If you fan the page, you'll get a lovely inspirational quote every day.  They put me in a good mood, and help remind me that if I work to make myself a more spiritual, better person then I improve my situation and the world around me.  Whoa, that got deep for me.  And no, it's not just a bunch of religious quotes from the Bible.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's really not for me.  Don't judge.  The Bible is against that.  Even if you friend the page, seriously buy the book.  It's beautiful.  And feel free NOT to buy it from Borders, because they stiffed him on some royalties.

We had fun heckling our friends at Brookberry a little this year by taunting them with our clearly superior gardening skills.  They handled it pretty well, by mostly putting us on polite ignore.  All in good fun, and we look forward to being ignored again next year.  Haters.


  1. I think that "don't judge" thing is highly overrated. If we did not exercise judgement, our ability to discern the wheat from the chaff, the good from the bad, reality TV from Shakespeare, then we wouldn't be at the top of the food chain and the Bible would have been written by some other type of primate.

    Tink *~*~*

  2. We are still getting some cherry tomatoes and cucumbers - so late in the season too. Our peppers never did take off though. Have to admit that I will be ready for this redneck garden of ours to be GONE. It is starting to vine out over our front porch. Yes, our 'garden' is in the front flower bed of our property. ;=)

  3. According to the latest poll.... Cilantro is beating the SHIT out of Bay leaves....

    I'm with ya on that one Jody. I was about sick of that damn garden. I'm excited for next season and the "New and improved" garden.

    Judging people... Man-o-Man... I'm not even gonna touch that one with a stick. I don't really consider myself to be in the position to pass a judgement on ANYONE... I can have an OPINION... But at the end of the day... Who really gives a shit WHAT I think. Anyways...

    Yeah.... Buy Bo's book! It's well worth it. Speaking of Bo.... I'm totally down with this hot relish that he was on about the other day. (That's what the last harvest is getting turned into...)

  4. I am sad that your gardens are gone . I was veggie gardening vicariously through you two!

    I am sure, though, that you will find other things to entertain me with. Besides the Spawnette, you two give me such laughter. I need that in my!

  5. We'll find something to come up with... We usually do.