I’d like to pretend our garden is completely groomed, weed free and productive all year around….but I’d be lying. From about late July the beginning of September, things start to look downright unruly. The tomatoes have completely spilled over the trellises and the squash has absolutely taken over. Not to mention, that zone 9 heat starts to take it’s toll. I start pulling out plants one by one leaving dry leaves, fruit, twigs, you name it,behind. So what’s left is a lovely serenade of exhausted soil, dry bits of our once productive summer garden, and toys that have been taken over by the plants (it’s like Christmas on garden cleanout week 😉 ). We harvest the last bits of our summer produce, throw everything else to the compost, weed, rake, sift, amend, drink iced tea, and wonder why in the world we create this much work for ourselves. Our answer is waiting of course come mid September when our beets, lettuces, garlic, potatoes, and cruciferous vegetables are sitting beautifully in the soil growing day by day. Have I mentioned that a winter garden is my most favorite’s of all gardens? For now, we’ve got this to work with. Just keeping it real folks.