Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Garden

This week autumn swept through our garden.  We haven't had our first frost - yet - but as Dave says, it smells like winter is on its way.  The beauty is still there, hidden behind the weeds and the withering vines, but it is a subtle beauty, the golden brown of the butternut squash, the soft greens and whites of the pea vines, the fading yellows and oranges of the last flowers.

There are so many tasks to complete in the garden at the moment that have been put off in favor of completing the new chicken coop, building a cold frame, and getting out and enjoying a bit of the autumn festivities in our area.  As always, there are unending plans, and it is always tempting to get caught up and rush through the gardening 'chores.'  The challenge is to slow down, to take the time to immerse yourself in the joy of autumn, to hold the hand of a 13 month old, and move through the garden at her speed, picking a weed here, eating a little something there.  Our own movements mirror the gradual growth and and gentle withering of the plants that we tend. 

 Somehow the tasks will be completed before the snow falls, and if there not, there is always next year.

 This post was shared at: Small Footprint Family and Fresh Eggs Daily 
 and the chicken chick and the Homestead Barn Hop


  1. Beautiful pictures and words. We have had two frosts already and now have pretty much packed up the garden, except the cold hardy greens. It was a great season and I am dreaming about the next one already. Enjoy your day!

  2. Hi Gretchen, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm, and I’m visiting from the Clever Chicks blog hop.

    Oh, I hear ya! My garden is only a fraction the size of yours, but I'm fretting over what needs to be done. Sigh...

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  3. Love the shot of the little farm girl. ♥ Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week with another inspiring post!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. Very informative blog with beautiful pictures in it. :)