harvest haibun 24.9.18

Today is the final day of vegetable harvesting I declare to myself. This means I am pivoting into cleanup, clearing old vines and plants, adding manure and straw.

The line I draw is artificial and it will waver.  I have picked all the sweet peppers showing any hint of red and some green ones as well—there are more greens which I could bring in, but I’ll wait as you never know, there might be more generous days of warm sunlight. One winter squash remains–not quite ready–lettuce is growing in the cold frame and those sturdy spinach plants, next to the wizened cucumber vines, will produce until hard frost hits. 

Putting a garden to bed for winter isn’t inspiring in itself…as with many tasks there is a lever.  It is the fall garlic planting that will lift me into the next phase. For this ritual I need to decide how to rotate the crops next spring so as to know where the garlic will be placed.  Then I clear the selected spot, add manure, and let it sit for a few weeks until the special day that I carefully bury cloves into the soil and cover them with a generous layer of straw. 

Once started, autumn labour is easy in cool air and soft September sun, among rich orange marigolds and burgeoning purple borage.

Bees buzz softly

another bloom on those vines

their work never done

Closeup of new growth on a zucchini plant which is mostly ‘done’.


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Haikai Challenge #52 Harvest

letting go


small row of onions

selectively harvested

by rodent gourmet

teaching a gardener

the art of letting go


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For Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding the Way

The onion patch in the photo is larger than the one referred to in the poem…the poem’s patch is a smaller section where I planted extra seedlings…my generosity will face a greater challenge if I have nibblers in the main garden.



Watched, watching, on edge,

Alert, still, a sentinel—

near garden clearing.

Waiting, expecting

today’s magic appearance—

 Carrot offering.


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This rabbit was on the edge of my garden and probably on edge, with me standing nearby —I wanted to move closer, but knew he would run when I moved.  TJ’s Household Haiku prompt ‘Edge’ gave me a way to tell this story with haiku. Some of my readers will recall that earlier this summer there was much munching in my garden—a widespread challenge due to the drought conditions, I am told by a local newspaper.  To this day I have been putting carrots out to curb their appetites.

End of June Vegetable Garden Visit

Welcome to the second 2016 visit to my vegetable garden—all photos were taken in the last days of June.  I can’t show every angle so I select shots that I think may be of interest.  June was a dry month and I thought growth was slow.  Yet when I compared pictures from this time last year, I discovered that some parts of the garden are farther along.  I need patience and gained perspective.

I start with the beans.  The tall bamboo poles (on my blog masthead) are a statement of growth.  I love how pole bean vines wind upwards.


The zucchini plant is growing rapidly.  In the bottom left corner: yellow dill umbrella flowers and a single calendula flower bloom.  In the upper right corner: bean plants.


Here is a closeup of a calendula flower between the garlic plants.  About five years ago, I planted dill and calendula—they have self-seeded ever since.


The cucumber plants are growing:


Peppers are starting to show.  They emerge from tiny star flowers.

Pepper flower


I harvested three beets today.

Peas emerge from delicate white flowers.  They are flourishing and will be finished soon.


Vegetables that didn’t make it to this photo post are winter squash, onions, spinach, lettuce, and broccoli (a story in itself).  Thanks for visiting!

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Garlic scapes curl

This is my first year successfully growing garlic plants (second attempt) and I am excited.  When I say ‘successful’, I mean that I have large garlic plants growing out back–the ultimate success will be garlic bulbs at harvest time.

I have just learned that garlic plants send flower buds out on round stocks that curl and spiral. They’re called ‘scapes’.  They can be snapped off and eaten–in fact you want to remove them to promote the growth of the bulbous roots.  I have a small container of scapes in the fridge ready to be  used like garlic in summer salads and stir fries.

It struck me that these curling scapes might be of interest to those taking photos of curves for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.  My first picture shows what a scape looks like when snapped off the plant.  The second photo shows two scapes curling beside each other.

Trimmed garlic scape
Garlic scapes demonstrating synchronized curves

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