I almost forgot to share these pictures! Sam and I were out a couple weeks ago harvesting the last of the garden when I snapped these pictures. I've actually been surprised, the garden doesn't look all that different now. It's only been the past week that things have started getting brown. The growing season sure is a lot longer here in Utah.
Clay planted some beautiful golden amaranth that we haven't actually done anything with, but it added a wonderful structural element and interesting texture to the garden. And now we've snapped a few of the dried clusters off and put them over by the bird feeder for the birds to snack on.
A funny thing about our garden this year was that some of our most successful crops were those that we didn't actually plant. The Swiss chard above was a volunteer as were the tomatillos. Aren't the skeletons of the husks gorgeous? So delicate. We also had a couple volunteer delicata squash plants that must have come from the compost. I went on a delicata binge last winter and bought a ton at the grocery store. We fertilized the garden when we cleaned out the chicken coop and the chickens must've missed a few seeds from the compost! The delicatas were definitely our most productive crop; I think we got at least fifty and I still have a whole bunch lined up along my counter.
I love how the colors change throughout the seasons, from the vibrant, almost neon greens of the spring to the deeper, richer colors of fall. The tomatillos don't turn their deepest purple until it gets quite chilly.
Our tomato crop was rather abysmal. We noticed halfway through the season that the tomatoes were looking rather spindly and wimpy, and only then realized that we had forgotten to fertilize them! By then they were dwarfed by everything around them and never really caught up. Sam and I had a good time going out every day until about a week or so ago to pick late-ripening cherry tomatoes though. He tells me every day that he wants to pick tomatoes, but they're pretty much done for the year. I've been surprised though that some of the tomatoes we picked that were about 90% green have eventually ripened in the house.
This, of course, is my favorite part of the fall garden! We've been loving having delicata squash with nearly every meal and aren't even close to getting sick of it! It's hard to go wrong with a simply baked squash with a bit of butter and salt.