My hands smell like carrots. Someone should make carrot soap. And tomato soap. If you ever see these things, please buy them for me. I love those smells. The garden is such an invigorating place. I’m still amazed by it, even this late in the season. Two seeds that look almost alike, grown in the same old dirt can make such different vegetables. How on earth does that happen? The garden isn’t much to look at these days. If you don’t already know what you’re looking for out there, it can seem pretty desolate, but there are plenty of edibles yet.
We’ve had a few frosts now. (Enjoy the last sweet peppers of the season!) It’s early for frost, but every year is different. I expect a few more weeks of veggies. I’ll push the season as long as I can. Last year the tomato stakes didn’t come out of the ground until the end of October. Here we are at the end of September and those pillars of support have been uprooted, now laying in a heavy pile on the other side of the electric fence, waiting to be picked up and put away in the shed.
Note: parsnips are not white carrots. They are a vegetable all their own. Try this parsnip bread pudding from Martha Stewart. Your squash this week is Thelma Sander sweet potato acorn squash. Chestnutty. If you haven’t ever had cauliflower pizza, you need to make this as soon as possible. I like it better than real pizza. And hello cabbage! Mmm… coleslaw and sauerkraut. Eat up!