Colors & Tastes

During today’s sunshine — a nice break from rain showers — I headed down to the veggie garden to take stock of the remaining crops. The beautiful maples near the bottom of the hill enticed me.

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From every angle, they are at their peak of color.

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I opened the hens’ pen and chuckled as they followed me downhill. The flock stopped beneath a couple of maples that have recently lost their leaves, including a vine maple that was stunning just weeks ago. Here the girls scratched and pecked among the leaves, clucking excitedly as they found bugs. Soon all nine hens were discovering treasure.

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I found my own treasure in the veggie garden. Since our nights have only dipped into the upper 30s, many plants are in a holding pattern throughout Coppertop, and the veggies are no exception. I harvested the last four cabbages to store indoors and left other veggies in their beds, minus a couple enormous carrots for our supper. They are “Atomic Red” from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and each is a foot long.

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4 thoughts on “Colors & Tastes

  1. March, I am full of admiration for your gardening prowess. You (and your husband) seem to do it with such “sprezzatura” (Italian term meaning the appearance of effortlessness, nonchalance), but I know that in fact you put a great deal of work and effort into it. Your “girls” are delightful. Do they take care of the slugs, or do you just not have any?

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    • Hi there. The girls do eat slugs, yet we battle slugs mainly in the springtime with Sluggo and bowls of beer. I have a love/hate relationship with them (did you know slugs are as beneficial as earthworms in breaking down organic matter and releasing soil-enriching nutrients ? 😉 ). The plants slugs favor here are ligularia, young dahlias, and veggies so I make sure to deter them from our raised beds. Devastation can happen too quickly. Wow, I am flattered by “sprezzatura” but most days it’s sheer diligence and a hopeful attitude that carry us through. A presto!

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