Travel companions.

We’re looking at dates now. Perhaps we leave in a month. Perhaps longer. In all the planning there is, planning which plants to try and bring, which to give away, and who, if anyone, is eager to garden-sit… is quite overwhelming.

The three blackberries will go to a friend. The potted plum to my in-laws. Perhaps they’d like the blueberries, too.

Do you think this giant chard would mind two weeks in damp newspapers if I gave it a severe haircut first?

Napoleon will come with us. He first made the voyage here with us seventeen years ago as a little 1” specimen.

I’m tempted to harvest tomatoes green and wrap them in paper. A book I’ve just received discusses the method as a winter storage option. Surely it’s possible for any green tomatoes you might need to pick early.

The onions started falling over, so I’m starting their curing in batches. Trying this, learning that, one group of toppled tops at a time.

And then there are the carrots to pickle and the cucumbers to… pickle. Perhaps some dry beans will dry in time.

But I believe these are the last of my seeds I’ll sow for awhile. And I’ll never eat the sweet potatoes, okra, or melon on their way. I hope the popcorn finish as we’re ready to pack them in, and that the sweet corn make a delicious farewell feast appearance.

I’ll not count the gardens I’ve started and said goodbye to. I’ll remember this one as the best yet and the breeding ground for making home-farm dreams seem achievable. And I’ll miss it dearly, idyllically, forgetting the summer’s blasting heat coming and the bare earth during planting’s “winter” in the dead of July and August.


4 comments on “Travel companions.

  1. Karen says:

    Your garden will definitely be hard to leave…good luck with your move. My husband and I were just mentioning that the best tomatoes we ever ate were from the garden at our summer cottage we had in Maine. They didn’t start ripening until the end of August and the first frost was in September but boy did we enjoy them while we could. I do miss that garden. 😊

  2. shoreacres says:

    I couldn’t quite decide if you were planning a vacation or a move, but it finally sounded like a move. I’ve never had a garden, but I can imagine how hard it would be to leave one, especially one that seems to have been so productive and pleasurable. I did smile at your reference to the ‘winter’ of July and August. Most Texans know what that’s about.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Your garden is beautiful and I am sure it will be hard to leave, it sounds like you plans for the plants.

  4. albert says:

    Hope this isn’t goodbye to plumdirt.

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