Yep, it’s Autumn, or might as well be

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I know the season has not quite changed yet, but to me it’s already autumn. The garden has stopped producing, and it was a bum crop anyway this year. Pretty much all I got were some freaky cucumbers (another example here) and a handful of tomatoes that started to grow and then got stolen by some animals who apparently loved my garden as much as I had hoped to.

On the bright side, I was able to get some rosemary well entrenched in place of a dead shrub and with luck my grapes will really take off next year. They say the third year is the magic one, so I hope to have a better report then. The roses did very well in their first year and should winter well in our mild climate.

It’s about time to slow down, pour a glass of wine and make a toast to the passing of summer and the coming of autumn. Who knows – next year at this time we may be celebrating a bumper crop of whatever I plant and snacking on grapes, whose perfume will waft gently on the cool evening air with the promise of a late, delicious harvest.

What culinary delights are you still enjoying from your garden?

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Yep, it’s Autumn, or might as well be

  1. We’ve got a ton of herbs ready for drying: sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and more rosemary.

    We’ve got a few more tomatoes left to go (despite our current saucemaking festivities. Good times, I promise.

  2. Sauce… I used to make sauce from my homegrown Roma tomatoes. Thanks for reminding me of that, Tom. I will have to try again next year and aspire to make sauce!