My backyard is sometimes a poor excuse for a garden, but occasionally I can find moments of awesomeness that are worth sharing. This time of year, the tomatoes left on the vines are pretty sad and ready to be ripped up. The raised vegetable beds have a couple of rouge pumpkin/squashes that need to be composted. And it is possible the bees are hibernating, as nary a bee has been seen coming or going from the hive in a week. I am hoping for the best.
In the front yard, the artichokes are coming back from the ground-level hacking I gave them in September. According to a farmer at the Farmer’s Market, they are a year-round vegetable, so I may see artichokes sooner than later.
The Fuyu persimmon tree looks great. I must have purchased one of the new vertical fruit trees (trying to find source, I think I read about it in Sunset magazine). The bottom branches are loaded down with fruit, just in time for festive salads for the holidays.
Speaking of which, the pomegranate tree/bush has 3 ripe poms and it turns out the kids love them for snacks and lunch. I think they look nice sprinkled on a salad with persimmon slices or at the bottom of a Pomegranate Martini.
I also planted several starts of leeks, onions, and chard, and the chard is to the point where weekly harvesting is in order. The parsley is growing despite benign neglect (I am not so good about watering), and is sure handy when the recipe calls for a handful as garnish.
What is growing in your garden this time of year?