Friday, September 27, 2013

Losing My Gardening Mojo

I turned out I didn't have as much time to work in the garden today as I had planned.  But late this afternoon I did take a fast run through it to harvest some things I needed/wanted before the forecasted heavy rain hits tomorrow.


Uhm . . . what's with the empty bowl, you ask?  Oh, that was full of Brussels sprouts we ate as part of our dinner before the photo shoot.


Whoops, I forgot to include the cherry tomatoes in the first picture.

Yep, there is still a plethora of good food in the garden to harvest and to be gratefully squirreled away for the coming winter months.  And, of course, there is plenty of clean-up work that could/should be done, too.

However . . . I can't seem to muster up as much energy and enthusiasm for the garden now at the end of September as I did first thing this spring.  I think my gardening mojo has left the building.

20 comments:

Trailshome said...

Somehow it's just not so much a thrill as it was when things were first starting up, is it? After weeks of canning tomatoes, peaches, beets, beans and everything else within reach, this week a friend gave me two big buckets of apples. While I was grateful for the gift, it was tough to summon up the energy to show enthusiasm. I sure like the look of those rows of canned and dried goodies though.

DFW said...

I so agree. I am trying my first fall garden & it is tough to get the mojo going, even though I am loving watching my transplants thrive. I just hate to put them outside & watch them get eaten.

Mama Pea said...

Trailshome - I know! The first few batches of jars coming out of the canner are so much fun. But then a few weeks later, not so much! Our apple trees seem to be on hiatus this year (VERY few apples) so I wouldn't mind getting two big buckets of apples. I think I'd make them all into applesauce!

Mama Pea said...

DFW - It doesn't seem there are as many bad garden pests around in the fall so maybe you will have better luck with your transplants than you think. Here's wishing you good luck!

Sue said...

Hi Mama Pea--getting caught up on blogs--I can't believe you're still harvesting. My gosh, my garden was killed by frost 2 weeks ago! But yep--I was glad, because really, by the end of 3 months, I'm SICK of going out and facing vegetables......though maybe just another Brandywine or two might be nice.
We'll be home late today and I'm so looking forward to a big bowl of soup and a loaf of homemade bread. Restaurant food is HIGHLY over rated!!! I think I've packed on 5 pounds just in a week, and all my "gut" issues are back in full force. Eeeesh.
Anywho-your veggies look wonderful! I'm so glad you're still getting stuff, but know you're looking forward to the winter rest and lots of good cooking and baking.

Sparkless said...

It's been such a weird weather year for you no wonder your mojo is missing.

Carolyn said...

Maybe your gardening mojo is being replaced by quilting mojo??

Leigh said...

I can't believe you are still getting such garden bounty. Garden envy here!

Please do update your blog reader! I've posted a bunch since "Fig Fail"!

Stephanie said...

Garden burn out....it hits most of us eventually :)

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Yep, the way this gardening season is ending fits perfectly with the way it's been weird all along. Can't quite believe things out there are doing so well . . . it's the beginning of October, for Pete's sake! Hope you're safely back home now and on the road to gut recovery! I just read that our immune system is based in the gut. If things are off there, better watch out for germies that will find a way past your weakened immune system. So there!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - I should be happier about having so much still to harvest and put by . . . it just seems too, too late somehow!

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - OH, YEAH!!!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - Getting my reader feeder (or whatever you call it!) updated tonight! But don't worry, I've been following you all along! (You can run, but you cannot hide . . . bwah-hahahaha!)

Susan said...

I think that it has hit us all. That - oh, please let the killing frost come - time. Our area has an abundance of apples this year - and I've gotten tons of apple 'gifts', but after the sixth canner-ful of applesauce, I've started to say no. Whoda thunk it.

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - I guess it's just the time of year, too. The change of seasons, time for time to do other things rather than gardening related. Having said that, I'm still going to take advantage of all the garden has yet to give me!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - If you hear someone rummaging around in your pantry, piling jars of applesauce in a box, don't panic. It will just be me. ;o]

Leigh said...

Thank you Mama Pea. I always love your comments. They are encouraging and helpful, and I value you as a reader.

Lisa said...

Your continued harvest(s) are impressive to me!! My green peppers never seemed to hit their growth spurt this year, so looks like none in the freezer for winter here. You've done GREAT considering how Mother Nature tried so to foil you! Not sure I had any gardening mojo to even lose this season.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - This late harvest is impressive to me, too! Talk about a gardening season up here that was hard to figure out!! The thing I'm really "babying" is my green peppers as the (little) plants are just full of nearly full-sized fruits and I really want a batch of stuffed green peppers in the freezer for easy meals this winter. I've got a cold frame over them and they seem to be coming along well. I'm crossing my fingers for them.

Lisa said...

Ooooo, we LOVE stuffed peppers here too!!! Good Luck with your plan for the peppers!