The contrast in these photos has been tweaked so that you can see the gloom I worked in this afternoon. It was hazy, misty, and eerily dark out in the garden, and the photos I took were too dark to include here as they were.
Do you ever procrastinate on a chore that you know will make you feel better if you do it? I've been avoiding the garden recently. I just didn't want to take down the bean bridge and towers. I wasn't ready to let go of this intense season.
But clear away and take down I did today. I even broadforked a bed and will plant red clover there tomorrow. I ripped out spent broccoli and lots of weeds, uncovered some onions, raked leaves, noticed the garlic pushing up already.
Here is one patch of nasturtiums that I didn't have the heart to tear down:
I apologize for the dark photo, but this patch of nasturtiums climbs taller than me and is still vibrant. I've never had nasturtiums last this long. They always sacrifice themselves to the aphids by August.
D's mother took D and E to Disneyland so they've been gone for a few days. I was moderately productive while they were gone with cleaning, organizing, and gardening. I seeded the last of the chili peppers on Friday night and severely burned my hands from the capsaicin. Two days later, they still hurt. I barely slept on Friday night from the throbbing pain, and then I got a rare migraine on Saturday morning that I think must have been from how wigged out my nerves were from the pepper burns.
But here are the beautiful chili peppers before processing:
And here they are all now as they ferment into a special chili sauce that Curious Farm will have available soon.