Lately I have been spending an absurd amount of time staring out my kitchen window looking at my vegetable garden. The lack of design and massive amount of unplanted / unplanned space was driving me crazy.
I have wanted to rip it all out and start over, but the tomato crop has ben holding me back.
With the cool morning temperatures in tow, I realized there were three significantly important reasons why I wanted to revamp the space. (Other than my inability to stop messing with my garden!)
1. Last weekend my husband and I went on an adventure into Iowa to purchase a beautiful 12-paned window to construct a cold frame. But, I have to move the existing beds to place the cold frame….
2. I purchased seeds for a fall crop …and I will need the cold frame in order to have a successful harvest…..unless we luck out and have a balmy Nebraska winter..
3. We are pregnant and almost into the third trimester. Being pregnant has finally become victorious over the ever-ripening tomatoes in the raised beds. As my energy dwindles with each passing day, I can only imagine a messy winter garden rolling into a messy spring. Because if this little boy is anything like his sister…both my husband and I will be zombies for the duration of spring.
Still, I sat in the backyard this morning just staring at the tomatoes. I felt like I was taking a life. Plus, I had planted a crop of radish seeds that were just starting to take off. Tearing out the tomatoes and moving the beds would mean a hold on the radish crop.
Just when I was about to reconsider my crazy notion, Maya climbed over to the raised bed and starting pulling the baby radish plants out one by one. I laughed in amazement!
And so the process has begun…
Tonight we will feast on green tomato frittata as I prepare to can green tomato salsas and sauces for winter cooking.
A garden update should be in the near future, but with a baby in tow…my writing and gardening have taken a back seat to this precious bump.
Until then, happy gardening!