Friday afternoon, after whisking the girls away to get their Flu Shots, and before enjoying the High School performance of "Really Rosie", L and I managed to harvest the remainder of the things from the garden. We cut chives and parsley, found a few more onions and taters to dig, and picked/pulled the remaining pepper plants.
I have added leaves that blew up against the electric chicken fence to 2 of the garden beds, and ashes from the wood stove to another 2, but the rest of the beds need either leaves, manure or compost plus lime, as well as a final weeding before winter is here for good. Poor Lazy Laura suffered a severe head injury during Superstorm Sandy, and has been retired to the trash bin. (She did have a lovely, warm, and rather lazy Summer, with very little produce to protect from the crows...R.I.P.)
All the things we picked remained in a basket in the garage for most of the weekend. Today, I finally brought things in and took care of them. The peppers have been chopped and frozen for later use. I dried the herbs by spreading them on a towel draped over the shoe rack in my clothes dryer.
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