After last week’s snow and frigid temperatures, it’s safe to call it a wrap on the 2014 garden season. The flowers and vegetables have completed their jobs, but I still have a few more clean-up chores left to do. I haven’t taken down all of our tomato cages yet and the garden still needs to be plowed. My most important task is actually not a task at all. It’s taking the day off to give thanks for all of my blessings, including the gifts and lessons our garden gave us this year.
Here are a few of the vegetables that I give special thanks for this year:
Solar Flare Tomatoes
What a great discovery! They were flavorful, delicious, and oh-so pretty. I also grew other varieties, but more friends commented on the wonderful flavor of these.
This was the first year I had a spring and a fall crop of carrots. August is usually too hot and dry for the seed to come for the fall crop, but not this year. The weather was great for fall gardening. I do wish I had grown more. We kept eating all the carrots I was going to freeze!
Peaches & Cream Variety
This was the first time in many, many years that we harvested enough sweet corn to put in the freezer. The raccoons usually destroy it about a day or two before it is ripe. My heart was not broken this year!
Yukon Gold Potatoes
I’m not sure why, but we had a bumper crop in our barn garden. However, only one hill came up in our hill garden. When the snow is blowing in January, I’ll try to figure out why. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy my Yukon Gold mashed potatoes!
Jade Green Beans
I first grew Jade Green Beans last year and fell in love with them. They didn’t disappoint this year either. I think they are the perfect green bean. They are tasty, stringless, and prolific.
Oddly enough, it’s not the fresh taste of the vegetables that keeps me gardening. It’s the miracle of a tiny seed producing pounds of food. I’ve had many science classes and know how seeds produce plants, but I still find it fascinating to watch one watermelon seed produce many watermelons weighing over twenty pounds apiece. And so this Thanksgiving Day, I’m especially thankful for the miracles that God performed in our garden…and in your garden this year.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!