Harvest Time

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I’ve been spending time in my garden lately with some of my good friends.

 Let me show you what we’ve found!

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Digging for potatoes is hard work.  But finding those treasures is worth it!
It’s a good idea to start with your gloves and an empty bucket.

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And don’t forget the shovel.

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Team Work.

Thankful for friends who like to work together.

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We found one!

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Red potatoes, white potatoes,

garlic and onions,

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  red onions that look like shiny apples.

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 I wonder if she really is going to take a bite!!

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Time for cleaning.

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And now for the tomatoes!

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They should be red by now, but they’re still green for some reason.   And it’s starting to get cold at night, so my friends and I will pick them all and bring them inside where it’s warm.

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They will still ripen and turn red, even when they’re inside.   But frozen tomatoes won’t turn red.

They may taste wonderful in spaghetti, but not on a salad.

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We also found lots of pumpkins.  Some of the pumpkins we plan to cook up and use for pies or smoothies or pumpkin cookies!  And some of them we will simply use as decorations.

While they are growing, pumpkins like to hide under their own leaves and other grasses nearby.

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When it looks like most of the vines and leaves of the plant have turned gray, it’s time to harvest the pumpkins.  You have to snip the vine that attaches the fruit to the main plant.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt.

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Such bright colors, don’t you agree?

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What would the world be like if we couldn’t see in color?  How would you feel?

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But the garden isn’t ready for winter yet, even though we’ve picked all the fruits and veggies.  We have to get the soil ready for a long winter’s nap!  The straw bales we used for some of the tomato plants will get broken up and spread on the garden.  It keeps things warm during the winter, and after awhile it will turn into good soil.

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Now it’s time to start dreaming about next year’s garden.

Thanks for stopping by today.  We love it when you visit.  Stop in again soon.  Let’s do some dreaming together.

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38 thoughts on “Harvest Time

  1. What beautiful pictures of your lovely little friends and all the yummy food they harvested! I love all the different colors, and thank God that he allows us to appreciate color. That was very interesting to see the difference of nature with and without color. Thank you Grandma!!!

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Gail. Our world is full of such amazing colors. So satisfying to enjoy those colors with friends.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nini! This website was designed by a company called tiny blue orange. Alison is a genius! If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this page, you’ll find a link to the site credits. You can access her information there.

      I use WordPress, which is a good format. But for a grandma, there is that somewhat steep learning curve 🙂

      I have to agree with you about that overwhelmed thing. I live there most of the time. This is a whole new world for me as well! But if I have one piece of advice to share about writing, it follows the Nike mantra. “just do it!” As my son told me recently, “you’ve got to eat that elephant one bite at a time, mom.” I suppose in my case it should be “eat that pumpkin one bite at a time!”

      Stop by again soon, Nini. I have another new post just about ready to publish.

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    1. The admin of this site (this would be Grandma, and that’s me!) perhaps doesn’t work as hard as she could. Too busy sharing time with her grandchildren! But thank you much for the encouragement. I like to follow Dory’s advice from the Disney movie, “Finding Nemo”, “Just keep swimming.” Though I may not write as often as I’d like, I write when I can and I enjoy it when I do.

      Thanks for stopping to visit. 🙂

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      I have a casual goal of creating two posts a month on the website. I like to create a quality post and that does take a bit of time, probably 20 – 30 hours per post. People like to see pictures when they read a post, so it takes a bit of time to process and evaluate ideas. At this point I’m the only writer and photographer, so the responsibility for moving this website forward is up to me. I do have other work commitments as well, the kind that bring forth some income! But this kind of work, writing posts, this creative, communicating kind of work is cathartic, brings life to the creative me. This is why I’ve set a monthly goal for myself.

      So my advice is to simply find a place and start writing. Don’t look for the responses to validate what you’re doing. The value is in the doing itself. Appreciate the responses when they come, but just keep writing. It’s such a great way to learn about who you are.

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    1. Reading and writing are certainly worthwhile activities, as long as you’re still finding time to weed the garden!

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