Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Garden (or maybe I should say post garden) Update

Hi ladies! I'm finally getting around to a garden update. It's been a while partly because of business and partly because there hasn't been a whole lot happening in my garden for a while. We've had a few frosty nights, one pretty hard. Funny how some things really take a lickin' and keep on...tickin'? Well, growing, any way. I've been freezing swiss chard and picking beets, beet greens and spinach yet. That's it, I guess. We'd planted a green called broccoli raab earlier in the year, but we really didn't like it so it just grew while being ignored. It grew very well, and really I should have taken a picture of what it looks like now. It's quite tall, with beautiful yellow flowers that start out looking almost exactly like a tiny broccoli head, and it's completely unaffected by the cold weather. I've been cutting it and putting it in a vase.

This is the only squash I was able to grow this year. It made up for being an only child by growing huge!

Yesterday I took a peek into the bag of tomatoes and was surprised to see there was this whole bowl full that had ripened! They smell wonderful! Now I just have to decide what to make with them... :)

That one squash I grew made over 16 cups of squash. After using a big chunk for dinner and more for squash soup, I steamed and mashed about 13 cups to use like pumpkin. I'm sure it will make some great muffins.

I think that's going to be about it for this season as far as gardening goes... Except for seed catalogs and dreams of next spring!


  1. Those are some pretty big tomatoes for such latitude LOL! What kind are they? Squash is very nice looking! That's funny about the Broccoli Raab, I grew it two years ago and didn't think much of it either, but I guess I should have let it keep growing for an ornamental. To answer your other question, hubby gets back at Christmastime, and we will be vacationing up in your neck of the woods! Friends here think we're nuts, apparently most people go further south in the winter and we didn't get the memo on that.... it's hard to take the MN out of the girl, especially during the holidays!

  2. So what variety was that gigantic squash you grew??

  3. Erin- That IS funny about the broccoli Raab. What a strange green!? But, it's a pretty fall plant. It's still growing strong out there. I don't know what all the tomato plants were. One was a bush early girl. I'd put little markers out there, but of course they disappeared.
    I wish you the best Christmas ever! :) I'm with you, Minnesota is the place to be during the holidays!
    Mama Pea- I keep forgetting to ask the friend who gave it to me, so all I know is it's an heirloom of some kind. If I ever find out, I'll let you know.
    I'm hardly on the computer any more, so I'm a bit out of the blogging loop right now. Hope to catch up on what all my blog friends are up to! :)