Fall harvest

As October comes in, it’s time to work toward end-of-season harvest since we could get snow as early as Halloween. We dig the potatoes, sweet and white, and gather the beans that we’ve left to dry for seed. We pick the last of the tomatoes and peppers. We cut the late cabbages and start a crock of sauerkraut, and make chow chow and green tomato relish too, with the tomatoes and peppers. We pull the beets and pickle them so that in the winter we can enjoy that favorite mountain supper, pinto beans with chow chow and pickled beets. By November we’ll be ready to take down the trellising, burn off the garden and plow it so it can sleep for the winter.