September 12, 2014

garden goodbye



For the record, Montana sometimes makes me mad.

And sad.

And sometimes, it makes me bad. But that's a whole different blog post.


For today, we're going to focus on mad.

Specifically, early frosts are particularly irritating.

We woke up this morning to a slimy pumpkin patch, black zinnias, and 25 very, very dead tomato plants.


Of course, this time last week I was flirting with being grumpy about what I was going to do with all those tomatoes.

Problem solved!

We covered them with sheets, but it wasn't enough to prevent an icy death.


Gardening in Montana is always kind of tricky, and when the plants you spend so much time caring for don't make it to the finish line it is rather discouraging.


But I've already been on the internet learning how to help my green pumpkins turn orange, and I know the four bags of green beans in my freezer are going to taste even better for their small number.


Now I think it's time to embrace fall, put on a pot of chili, and start planning for next year.


How about you?

Is your garden going strong?

Or has the growing season come to a screeching halt in your neighborhood?

Let me know and then go have a fabulous weekend.



34 comments:

  1. Oh, so sorry about your garden! We're in SC where the tomatoes are still growing, the eggplants are giving us more than we can eat, and the pumpkins are beginning to form on the vines. Fall is about a month away here. ;)

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  2. Oh - that's so sad.

    But your photos are rad!! and so are you!!

    (Just trying to cheer you up!) :)

    I have cousins that live in MT and I know - it is a gorgeous place but like winter 11 months out of the year. perhaps??

    To answer your question... it's dying down around here too in Southeastern, PA.

    Blessings!!

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  3. I saw the weather map last night and saw that there was cold temps and snow in Montana. Believe it or not I even thought of you! You're the only person "I know" from Montana. ;) :D It was humid here in Virginia this morning but the temperature has dropped all day but it will only be in the upper 50's tonight. Guess I'll have to close my windows and put on a sweat shirt. Chili sounds good. :) SO happy to see your post today. Hope all is well with you!! :D

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  4. Another Montana friend was talking about snow already ... hard to fathom that here in Virginia, where it was pushing 90 yesterday.

    Your photos are beautiful, as always.

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  5. What a shame. Such a waste too of your time and money. I guess you will put it behind you and try again next year. The zinnias were looking so very wonderful too. Chin up!

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  6. I feel really bad because I know what it's like to lose plants we have so much time and hope invested in. They are like our little children that we need to nurture and love. But we can't have control over everything, and Mother Nature can be ultimately surprising. So we learn and plan for another season.

    I am grateful you were able to share these simply gorgeous photos of yours with us and cheers to the beans you have frozen! I have a bit of my own and am looking forward to the stews and soups to come. My tomatoes...the squirrels got most of them but I have a very generous neighbor! :)

    Jane xx

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  7. I guess this makes me feel better that we have yet to have a veg garden on our farm. Well, we had one when we first bought it, but all I got out of it was weeds. :-) Our flowers are doing well, though. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Sad for you and an early frost . . .
    Like DRATS!
    Happy to see and hear from you and your corner though!!!

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  9. Our daughter moved to Montana a month ago so I've been watching your weather... it's a good thing you have so many beautiful pics to remember summer by. We're hanging onto it a while longer here in Oregon but with shorter days and cooler nights, I am ready for fall. I'll be right over for a bowl of chili!
    Praying you are doing well!

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  10. So happy to see a post from you!
    Your photos are beautiful...sad about the tomatoes.

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  11. It's that time already! That's okay we should plan a winter AZ trip to warm you up! Hope you are well friend! Take care and the pot of chili sounds yummy. Take care, M

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  12. Hi Teresa! So nice to hear from you!! We have had a lazy gardening year around here. Our cool summer was very much like fall, and many of the plants seemed to say, "oh no I don't THINK so!" For example: I've gotten only one tomato in so far! Even so, we are welcoming fall, and hoping it doesn't turn into winter too soon! Love ya! SalGal

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  13. I check your blog several times a week to see how you you are doing. Today is my lucky day! As always, your pictures are beautiful and meaningful. Hugs and blessings!

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  14. Hi Teresa.
    I was so excited to see you posted. I'm sorry to hear about the frost Fall is definitely in the air here in Battle Ground. Our flowers are good and our grapes and raspberries are putting out fruit. We have warm days and cool nights so far. Hope you are doing well. I miss your posts very much and think about you often.

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  15. Yikes. Is this normal MT weather? I recall the year I moved to Oregon being mortified that it was cold enough to see my breath at night in September but today it's supposed to be in the 80s here so who knows. Chili is my first Autumn go-to food as well... the garden around your greenhouse is looking darn pretty stunning.

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  16. Frost sounds good to me. Here in Florida we are out (temporarily, I'm sure) of the 90's. Raining like crazy though which might drop the temps some, but ups the humidity. Tomatoes are a winter/spring crop here. Hope you are doing well. I miss your posts.

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  17. Gosh that first photo looks like a postcard....amazing. The other day listening to the weather around the country I heard about cold temps and snow. I was quite happy not to have that nonsense quite yet messing with my beloved dahlias.

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  18. Your photos (especially the first one) are breathtaking as usual! I'm sorry your gardens got hit by frost so soon. We were hit in northern MN yesterday and today, too, and I'm waiting for a warmer day to clean up all the frozen flowers. At least the hardy perennials are still providing some color in our yard. My brother and sister-in-law hauled their Harley to Sturgis, ND last week and got caught in the 6 inches of snow that fell there! Let's hope we get a little reprieve before winter sets in! Thanks for sharing your amazing garden photos.

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  19. Your pictures sure are pretty. You captured the end of the season so beautifully! Thank you for sharing with us all. Hope you are doing well, my friend! xo

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  20. Frost arrived at our farm yesterday....it is always sad, yet I relish pumpkin time! I have been thinking of you, hope you are well!
    Kari

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  21. Love your photos and so sorry the garden was lost to the frost. It looks like we are expecting snow in the next two weeks here too. I will have to pick my green tomatoes and bring them inside before that happens.

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  22. I love when you post! It makes my day! I love your pictures! I wish I had a garden full of tomato's, but I don't have a place to grow them here in Martha's Vineyard. I just have a small pot that I'm growing basil, dill and lettuce. It makes me happy. Frost means cold and I'm not a cold person, but I do love fall and pumpkins. Enjoy your fall, while I enjoy summer in Phoenix in 2 weeks!

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  23. I do know how you feel. Here in northeastern Minnesota my tomatoes, pole beans, pumpkins, and cucumbers were just getting started, after a very late spring put us back on our planting date. Even my tame blueberries had only ripened half their berries!

    Then down came the frigid air from the arctic north!

    I too now have blackened plants where a promising garden of produce just days before once thrived! I do have a bit of green tomatoes and a few green pumpkins tucked safely inside away from the clutches of frost, but I so wish the weather had given more time to produce a full crop for us this year!

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  25. Everything about your garden and greenhouse makes me so happy..even if its fall it has such beauty!
    You are mentioned on Velvet & Linen!

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  26. frost has put a damper on my gardening also. Thankfully it was a light frost and only a few plants didn't make it.

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  27. WOW!!! Your flowers and garden are absolutely beautiful!!!

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  28. our garden still going strong....but it's still HOT HERE! LOL Harvested a hand full of green peppers the other morning. You have some of the most gorgeous land and gardens and grounds I've ever seen.....thanks for sharing it! Love the photos!

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  29. Our poor garden has been neglected this year. I help watch out twin grandbabies, now 18 months, and they are a force of nature ;) However, Jack has taken to harvesting the tomatoes while Cora patiently holds the basket. He tends to pick all of them, green included.
    My little corner of Utah has yet to have frost, it's currently 93 degrees!
    How about those eyelashes, did they come back long and lush? Do you have chemo curls?

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  30. I don't often comment but just wanted you to know today -- that I enjoy your blog so much..I've been following you since you started you blog..You have a beautiful place and I agree when you said "you are more then a pretty home" etc... all the best..

    Hugs

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  31. These are beautiful photos that I have to re-read what you've written and make sure I understand what you mean. And now I'm thinking, is she using a different picture from what she's sharing about? Anyway, good luck in your gardening. It must be really hard to maintain one with the changing season.

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  32. I love finding new blogs to read. Yours is so enjoyable!
    Our garden is still going, though not strong....hot days, cooler nights...
    I am sorry you had a surprise frost...how sad and frustrating....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  33. Late comment but I guess I'm lucky living in San Francisco, Ca. We generally don't have "true seasons". I have a collard green plant that is 12 years old, with no sign of bolting ever. I live near the beach where the temperature stays in between 50 - 80 (give or take a few weeks in the summer it will be hot, and in the winter it might be colder). I have four tomato plants, all full of tomatoes since july! But the down fall is sometimes the wind and clouds hinder a would-be speedu growth. Move to SF, I show you with the right things you can grow more consistently in a foggy neighborhood haha

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