Thoughts at the End of the Growing Season

It's a beautiful, crisp morning here in Missoula. Days are really getting shorter now. I haven't had nearly as much time for anything here on the farm since school started up again. With the shorter days and more hours lost to my jobs, work that isn't farm work is such a pain and just an inconvenience. I mean, sure, it pays the bills, but couldn't farming if I tried hard enough? 

My happy place.

My happy place.

Everything around here suffers when I'm gone so many hours a day. Gone from 6am to 5pm ~ sometimes home for lunch. Then, rush to get evening chores done, Michael usually makes dinner when he finally gets here (He's a peach), deal with teenager stuff, maybe watch one show while knitting if my hands aren't too tired, then bed. It's exhausting!

My kitchen got overrun this week.

My kitchen got overrun this week.

We harvested everything that is cold sensitive before we had an early frost a few days ago. We got home at about 5:00 and rushed to action. Mia had homework, but Jiah was recruited to help haul all the squash, beans, tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries, cucumbers, potatoes and melons before dark. We were done just after 8:00 which meant dinner was a scavenger hunt. Every person for themselves! My bedtime is around 9:30 so I quickly ate a sandwich and got the veggies washed and put up before crashing. 

It was my favorite part of the day, that last bit. Being outside, smelling the dirt and plants, using my body, playing with my family. Michael stood at the top of the berm and tossed down winter squash for me to pile into the wheel barrow. It was like a game. Michael smiled more in those 3 hours than I had seen in weeks. We both agreed that it was a great evening. Even Jiah was excited for the haul. 

Currently, underground.

Currently, underground.

Even though a lot of the garden is done, with the waipini we will have at least some fresh veggies all year. I've planted kale, chard, spinach and tatsoi, plus lots of herbs. There are still a few tomatoes and peppers in there that should last a while as well. If we are able to get a fresh tomato or two in November I will be ecstatic. 

Transplanted peppers, thyme and basil. 

Transplanted peppers, thyme and basil. 

It's time now to dream and plan for the next spring planting.