Well- it finally happened. The first frost.
In preparation, we took a "HARVESTING DAY" off of school yesterday to clear the gardens of all the frost-tender plants. Though, in truth, our start of school as been a bit "sputtering".
I can't say I am sorry to see it coming. I am finally ready for the slower pace of fall- or at the very least- the same pace but a different focus of my time and energies than on garden/canning chores. The fast-paced focus now will be on schoolishness. (In an effort to thwart foolishness.)
It is a funny feeling though- knowing that when our supply of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers are no more we probably won't be having anymore until next year and feeling disappointed by it. All of a sudden, after a good month of being overwhelmed by cucumbers and tomatoes, wishing they would "JUST DIE ALREADY!" switches to "oh no- I won't have fresh tomatoes to eat!" It's all very schizophrenic.
Along with the vegetables and tomatoes, we cut mounds of flowers and have vases (sometimes several) in every room in the house. A season without fresh flowers is a long and dreary season indeed. Must enjoy these last beauties. My morning glories just nicely started blooming! And my zinnia patch is so gorgeous.
SO cut, cut cut. Grumble, Grumble, Grumble.
While some of the plants I am happy to see die (sort of) one patch that I am NOT ready to part with is the watermelon patch. It is full of beautiful large watermelons- that are not quite ripe! The problem with watermelons is that they do not ripen off the vine so if they die, they die. And they don't like frost. :-(
I was already to just give it up last night. But I couldn't. (Big surpise.)
Despite the fact that Matt is out of town so I didn't actually go to bed until after 1am, I dutifully got up well before dawn and sprayed the watermelons down with the hose. And since I was already up- I did the marigolds and zinnias too. And the morning glories.
Maybe I can have a few more flower bouquets after all.
Meanwhile- my kitchen and mudroom are in a state of emergency.
Still in the garden: