BLOG – GIFT DAY 271 :: yo! you reap what you sow

28 Sep

The seasons are changing and with it the garden is turning yellow.

Today marked a milestone.
The last harvest.

And what a harvest it was!

We have diligently kept track of our garden goods over the summer and the final count is in. The garden brought in around $254 worth of food (depending on how you slice it).

The produce lines up like this:

  • 18 Pints of Raspberries
  • 47 Zucchini
  • 49 Tomatoes
  • 9 Cucumbers
  • 14 Winter Squash
  • 5 Yellow Squash
  • 12 Eggplant
  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 7 Strawberries
  • 22 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 7 Green Peppers
  • 4 Rosemary
  • 5 Thyme
  • 5 Mint
  • 3 Basil
  • 0 Blueberries

…And 7 “Zu-squash”
A zucchini and squash plant mated to created something we call Zu-squash. It’s weird. We’re not eating it.

There may be a few more tomatoes and zucchini to bring in next week, but I think it’s safe to say the season is over. And we need to make salsa. Or ratatouille.

To my delight, as I looked over our last grab from the garden, I noticed a heart.
In the shape of a tomato.


It kind of sums up my first official garden experience.

Justin had to gently coax me into the garden when we first arrived in Oregon.  I wouldn’t say I followed him kicking and screaming, but I was definitely squirming.

While I may not be psyched to let the spiders crawl on me (or my rosemary plants!) I am totally amazed at what Mother Nature showed us this summer.  She kind of showed off really.

Not only did I learn how to grow a boat-load of zucchini, I also found joy in sharing our bounty with neighbors, friends and family.

To my surprise, I am totally fascinated by the power of a seed. To transform right before my eyes, sprout stalks and leaves, and finally, with a lot of sunshine, water and hope, produce fruit.

For the first time in my life I understand on a completely different level the power of planning ahead, picking while the “pickin’s good” and saving some for later.

I thought we would have raspberries forever… now I wish I would have saved some or canned raspberry jam before those branches turned bare.

It’s definitely a new season out there.
As the plant leaves turn yellow and flop down to the ground, I know there will come a day when I will crave some zucchini… although it’s hard to imagine that right now.

Just another lesson from Mother Nature.
One about abundance and love and saving a little something-something for a rainy day.

Just goes to show…
You get what you give.
You reap what you sow.
May you love what you do and eat what you grow!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{are you ready for the new season?}

2 Responses to “BLOG – GIFT DAY 271 :: yo! you reap what you sow”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons September 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    Such great work, great growing and thinking and great
    Lovemore

    • Jamie September 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

      Lovemore back to you!

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