First we were at a typical fall temp of 50’s and 60’s then suddenly over the weekend we were shoved back into summer with a sparkling 95 degrees and blue skies. The heat and color change left us all wondering where we were. What season is this really?
But true to form Minnesota returned to 40’s and 50’s with high wind and light rain on Monday. The fall change is dramatic at this time and the garden is holding its own due to these spikes in temperature and no frost as of yet. Color is everywhere!
The trees are sharing their reds, yellow, oranges and a few even lean towards pink. (not sure what that is about but very cool looking). The garden is sharing the deep pinks of sedum and yellows or reds for the mums. The tomatoes have a few red little guys struggling to hang in there but the true color is hidden under the ground at this time.
I realized that I better get busy this morning with cleaning up the garden before the deep cold hits us (that could be tomorrow or in a month from now). So out I go to clean up the vegetable beds. I started with the carrots. They had decided to emerge all on their own. There before me were the bright orange tops of carrots under the green foliage. A light tug and I had 25 good sized carrots glowing the bright orange of fall.
A quick change of plans led me into the kitchen to blanch and freeze this beauties so we did not lose the vitamins or the glorious color. These babies will be part of the deep winter stews and chili that will keep us warm as the wind blows and the snow falls.
Urban farming has been a great pleasure this year. Two small raised beds in the front yard sun has given us fresh veggies all summer – lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. In the freezer we have beets, herbs and now 10 cups of golden carrots. Not bad for a city gal and a front yard garden!