Harvest season is over and I can honestly say this has been a great season! Our freezer is full and so are the shelves of our pantry. On a Scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this year’s yield an 8. We are two points shy of a 10 because not everything we planted – such as our zucchini, basil and potatoes – were as “bumper” as the rest of our garden. But hey, life goes on! As for the potatoes, even though there were not that many of them (we only got a small boxful) they were all about the size as the one you can see proudly displayed on the Scale below. So yes, half a pound per potato is great and a small box of them is better than none, but nowhere near enough to get us through to next year’s crop as my man loves his potatoes. I still look forward to eating them! xoxo
Harvest time is busy time, as everything seems to ripen pretty much at the same time. This includes harvesting plants to make natural textile dyes. I have only recently gotten into natural dying and I decided to take a moment away from the veggies and fruits to harvest my Queen Anne’s Lace. Taking it from garden to pot, I dyed some beautiful wool; I also tried an experiment with the leftover foliage and left it hanging to dry the skeletons and see what happens. I have a vision in mind but only time will tell if it’s doable. In the meantime, I must say I am happy with the tint I created with the vat of natural dye. My hope was to create my own version of mossy-coloured hair for a future art doll – this one will more likely have a crown of sunshiny locks! Now I must go back to the garden to harvest and preserve the veggies and fruits that will see us through the winter. What a glorious abundance!