Well, maybe not still growing but the garden is still keeping me busy. We still have lots of tomatillos and I can't stop making this salsa. It has turned into one of our favorite things to eat this growing season. This year, for the first time, I planted strawberry popcorn. It's so cute. Not the best yield and I can't speak to the 'popcorn' yet because it has to sit for a few weeks but it was a fun crop.
I brought in a bunch of paste tomatoes that were almost ripe (about a 1/2 bushel) and pulled up the rest of my plants to hang in the garage. Each threat of frost is followed by the most glorious, mild fall day you could hope for so my efforts have felt a bit premature. I guess it's better to be safe than sorry though. I also brought in the rest of my beets, have been making nasturtium pesto non-stop over the past few weeks, have been blanching and freezing any extra green beans (I decided that I prefer pole beans to bush beans), put up many quarts of garlic dill and sweet pickles, put up many pints of relish, froze a bunch of cherry tomatoes (we had so many this year), grated and froze tons of zukes and summer squash (this bread is delicious) and generally brought the garden to as graceful of a close as possible. I am really in denial though.
But then it was time to move the clean up crew in. We started raising meat birds this summer! I think I haven't mentioned that here yet. Oh golly. I haven't. Wow. I have a lot to say about that. For now though let me tell you a bit about the birds above. They are Red Broilers and I find them so much nicer to raise than a standard Cornish Rock. Amazingly, they behave like chickens should and they seem very vibrant and healthy. So far, I adore them and they adore scratching up our garden for us. It's a good deal and it eases some of the sadness (maybe that's not the right word) knowing that they are enjoying all the little bits of our gardening effort this summer that were left behind.