“Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”

I know that the winter solstice is several weeks out, but my fall garden seems to have abruptly turned a corner this weekend. Last week I was harvesting several lasts; last of the carrots, last patty pan squash, last eggplants and tomatoes. The excitement of so much harvesting was quickly followed by the letdown that is a desolate garden. Don’t get me wrong, there are still peas, bell peppers and various herbs growing; plus I’ll be planting garlic next week. It’s just not the same…

Planters once full of beautiful blooms now sit empty, the raised bed has been cleared and my plot at the community garden vacated. Tomato cages have been set aside until next season, trellising that once held my cucumbers has been taken down and my Growoyas have been dug up and stored in a warm dry location. As you can imagine, our back yard suddenly looks quite barren and it’s rather depressing.

All in all, I can’t complain. I guess I just get too attached to my gardens and find it hard to say goodbye at the end of the season. If you’ve been caught off guard by the fall/winter transition, I can assure you that you’re definitely not alone. That said, why not try to view this as an “absence makes the heart grow fonder” scenario and let this period of dormancy inspire us to make the most of the 2021 season? Perhaps you want to plant more, or maybe you’d like to achieve more by planting less? Want to try new varieties? New methods? Seed saving? Rather than focusing on what we’re missing, now is the time to consider all we have achieved in 2020 and all we can accomplish next year.

And who are we kidding, there’s always equipment to be cleaned if we’re really desperate. Cheers, friends!

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