I find there is a special kind of pleasure, this time of year when I glean from the garden. Gleaning from the garden means to pick through a plot which has already been harvested and find what is left over or has been missed. Last night when finishing chores I started thinking about supper. Jerreth gets home later than do I, so often, I fix supper. I had to put on my coat before heading out to the garden. The sun was setting, and I was hungry.
I headed to the garden…
The garden has slowed down greatly. We’ve had a couple of light frosts, yet most plants are still hanging in there. First thing I looked at were our Tennessee Cutshort Pole Beans. They finished their main crop back in mid summer, yet, with our cooler temps and rains they have started producing again. I was surprised how many nice pods I found. Beside eating pods, I also gleaned more mature seed.
Next, I headed to the other end of the garden to inspect Barksdale Wax Pole Bean, another heirloom bean from Jerreth’s family (grandparents). I planted these in mid summer, so they have produced A LOT of beans this fall. Still, they’re winding down now. Again, I gleaned some nice pods for our supper, but I got a lot more with seed for the future. I tossed everything into my pail.
Heading back to the garden gate I stopped to visit my favorite hot pepper, Murupi Amarela. I had transplanted it into the garden extremely late, yet I was pleased to find some ripe pods. I picked them along with a few small green pods. Next year’s seed was assured. One pod was more than twice the size of normal. Gleaning from the garden produces both food for today and seed for tomorrow.
Finally, as I was about to head to the house, I spotted a couple more tomatoes. True, they were ugly and blemished, but they’d make a nice addition to our meal. We had apparently exhausted out tomatoes several days ago, yet, here they were, ready to pitch in for our meal!
I find gleaning from the garden to be a peaceful, satisfying activity.
When I went back to the house I sorted through my pail and decided to make a stir fry. Jerreth and Emily wanted to relax, watching a video. So, I quickly strung beans, chopped tomatoes and a tiny pepper and made the stir fry.