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Hope everybody was paying attention last weekend. If you didn’t get your fragile plants in by Friday afternoon, they probably took a big hit at 29 degrees.

I had Russell come to the house Thursday to help me wash down the pots and plants and bring them inside, a job I couldn’t have done by myself.

Then we went to The Artichoke and he cleaned out three or four of the raised beds and I picked some of the tomatoes and peppers.

FYI, Russell and Katie are the two individuals that cook your wonderful meals at The Artichoke.

final 2016 harvest

So Friday Russell did some more clean-up and we finished picking all the rest of the peppers and tomatoes.

Holy Cow! For the two days, we had picked 1 1/2 lbs. of grape tomatoes, 3 lbs. of jalapeños, 1/2 lb. bell peppers, almost 5 lbs. of ripe tomatoes, and 7 1/2 lbs. of green tomatoes.

Not a bad haul for November 17th!

I also cut most of the basil because I knew it would be a gonner with the freeze.

So our pasta special Saturday night was shrimp, peas and grape tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce, and I made tomato basil for the soup of the day.


There were several crops that are not affected by a freeze, broccoli, lettuce, onions, cabbage, Swiss chard, sugar snap peas, dill, chives, thyme, sage and mint, and the potato foliage looks bad but they will be fine under the soil.

So although we are finally done with the summer crops, there are still a few things to enjoy for a while.

See below for before and after pictures.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Enjoy the time with friends and family, and always…Enjoy the earth! Diana


Before garden cleanou

And after…

Garden after cleanout