The summer harvest has ended and the fall clean-up has begun. The bounty of fallen leaves and dead foliage will provide rich compost for next year. Winter is a welcome downtime to plan for the gardening season ahead. Seed catalogs are arriving and the choices seem overwhelming. It will take some discipline to narrow down the list for planting next season. DIY garden projects will occupy the cold months so that they will be ready for planting season. It may be quiet in the garden, but inside, there is no time to rest.
Though the summer garden is winding down, there is still plenty to harvest. Tomatoes continue to ripen on the heirlooms and succession planted determinates. The second wave of bean crops were ready, and the hot peppers hit their peak. Summer herbs are still fresh for picking, while cilantro and parsley are slowly making their return. New fall plantings were late, but worth the experiment. Preparing for winter is a joy in the cool weather. There is much work to be done.