My photographer friend came by for some greens yesterday and I surveyed the remains of the garden. The good news is that without the poly tunnel I would have already cleared and mulched. But the oregano is going great as are the mustard greens and Swiss chard. I even had Romaine lettuce looking good. This means I have extended my growing season from 100 to 150 days. Next summer I can plan my garden around that. And with the right plants at the right time maybe even lengthen the season some more.
Soon time to mulch the beds, roll up the hoses, bring the container gardens inside, winterize the mowers, lay in firewood, get new windshield wipers on the car. Summer is over and I have not done half the things I had intended. Forecasts are for more snow this winter as I stated before. I even went upstairs and located the snow shoes. In the winter of 2006, are last really bad one, I had stored them in the garden shed which I could not get to without snow shoes nor open the doors if I had.
But I have enjoyed my summer and fall. I have taken lots of photographs and walks. Been successful on my garden experiment. I got an artists guild formed. I had more time without doing the art fairs and I admit to just plain wasting some of that time. It felt good to be idle a bit. I took on more pet sitting clients but painted less. But what I painted was what I wanted to paint. I think that is very important.
I have to rehang the show at the Angel Fire Visitors Center today and then it is back to the abandoned painting I was working on and some selected tasks not done over the summer as planned. Hopefully there is still an Indian Summer to be had.