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Why I will miss garden season

By Penny Stine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there is no reason why I couldn't roast this exact combination of veggies and herbs once my garden has frozen, chances are good that I probably won't. I probably won't start purchasing beets (although I will continue growing them next season) and I probably won't do odd combinations of veggies in the winter. But when you have four green beans, seven beets, one potato, a handful of thyme, and an onion ready from the garden, along with some questionable carrots in the fridge, it's a perfect combination. And so pretty in the oven!

 

I will also miss this, which is not merely a photo of two small sweet potatoes, but two small sweet potatoes from the Silbernagel garden, after Bob and his wife decided to try growing sweet potatoes because I had to order too many plants from Park Seed. (Seriously, they only came in groups of 25 plants! Who needs 25 sweet potato plants?)

Sadly, my own sweet potato plants probably didn't produce. Most died right away. One got overshadowed by a zealous marigold and I just about killed the other one with too much fertilizer, because it was in one of my experimental straw bales and I got carried away. 

So in answer to my question, maybe I need 25 sweet potato plants. 

I have yet to dig under mine, but I'm not holding out much hope. In the meantime, Bob graciously shared two of his precious five potatoes produced by the first plant he dug. 

In the winter, no one leaves miscellaneous produce on my desk... 

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