One thing gardening has taught me is to not “count my chickens before they hatch”. There are so many variables in gardening that we just cannot control that I try not to get my hopes up at the beginning of a season. I just have to do what I can and leave the rest up to God.
Another thing that gardening has taught me is that this season will end and there will always be another season. And that new season, just like this ending season, will be full of both goodness and disappointment – sometimes at the very same time. Just like life.
I’m learning to just be content and accept whatever our garden gives us. If something doesn’t make, well…there’s always next season. If something over produces, we can bless others. While we try to eat the vast majority of our vegetables from our garden, I refuse to let that self-imposed goal define me or us as a family.
So, welcome to our perfectly imperfect October garden…
I see this Meyer lemon tree when I look out my kitchen window and it’s the first thing I see when go out back. It’s abundant this year.
And right next to it I see the Cara Cara orange tree that has been doing so well…until last weekend when we got over 5″ of rain in two days. Now, it has less than 20 leaves. I have no idea if it will survive or not. We lost all our peach and one plum tree to too much rain earlier this year. This is a disappointment.
Abundance and disappointment side by side.
We have 2 birdhouse gourds this year. I bought a plant on clearance from our local grocery store early in the summer for .25, I’m happy we have two.
Why yes, there really is a garden among the weeds.
This volunteer tomato plant came up in our front yard near our neighbor’s property. Gabriel noticed it when he was mowing. We moved it to the garden last week and it’s adjusting well. The bounty.
Our Chinese cabbage was doing so well last week. This week, disappointment.
We have an infestation of these little bugs which I believe to be cucumber beetles. See how much fun they are having munching on our cabbage? I’ve never seen this bug before and apparently is nothing to mess around with so I’ve been practicing some hand to hand combat and squishing them. I also decided to put our bug zappers out in the garden for the night. I’m hoping to find a pile of dead cucumber beetles in the morning.
This is our regular cabbage which the beetles haven’t found yet.
Our swiss chard. I only planted a few plants instead of a whole bed. My family just won’t eat a whole lot of it, so I’m taking the pressure off by not planting much.
We sowed kale seeds last week right before the storm came through. Although my family doesn’t like a lot of kale, we do like it in smoothies. I also like to dehydrate it and make a powder to add to rice, soup, eggs or whatever I’m cooking.
These sweet peas are in the same bed as the Chinese cabbage, apparently they aren’t as tasty as the cabbage is because the bugs are leaving them alone.
Our lettuce bed is doing wonderful. I’m go happy to not have to buy lettuce for a while. Abundance at it’s best.
This is the first time I’ve planted a fall crop of green beans and I’m so glad I did. They are such a treat and even though we don’t have enough for a meal when we pick, we add carrots and onion to them and that makes enough.
So, I thought broccoli and broccoli raab were the same, apparently not. This is broccoli rabe and I’d better get some regular broccoli planted soon or my family is going to be disappointed. But the broccoli rabe is looking good.
We have flowering basil all over the garden. The bees have so enjoyed the flowers and now we have lots of seeds to gather for next year. I just love how easy basil is to grow.
We have 2 full banana pepper plants and one Thai pepper plant left from our summer planting. Abundance again.
Our little elderberry tree is doing great, although I noticed today that the chickens have been scratching around it. We need to put some fencing around it. A friend rooted this for me from her tree and I’m hopeful that in a year or two we’ll have our own elderberries.
This is our October garden, abundance and disappointment all at the same time. What is in your October garden?