It’s hard for me to believe but we are beginning the fall garden clean up. We pulled the pea vines and trellises, the peppers and tomatoes didn’t do well after last week’s frost and have been pulled as well. The guest bedroom has been designated as the green tomato ripening area.
Still there’s a good bit of stuff being harvested: cabbage, beets, chard, rutabagas, herbs, and more. When we pulled the pea vines we kept the drying pods for next year’s seed. I always like to let them dry a bit longer before storing just to be sure everything is completely dry. Jeff had the brilliant idea of putting everything inside the greenhouse to dry.
He put up bunch of hooks in the rafters from which we’re hanging herbs to dry and we’re using the tables to dry an assortment of stuff from the garden. The Jacob’s Cattle Beans and Arikara Yellow Bean pods were spread on the table screens and quickly dried out in the 100 degree heat of the greenhouse. I can’t believe we didn’t think of this sooner and I have no doubt many of who with greenhouses already do something similar.
It’s a simple thing, using something we already have in a different way than originally intended but it seems to be key in how we define our simple lives. I was already in love with what the greenhouse had done for us and now I enjoy it even more for it’s continual surprising uses.