In my most recent post there was a pic of our make-shift frost cover. Sylvia and I had fashioned it with a garden tripod and a blue tarp. On seeing the image our son, Scott, thought of the line from Shakespeare’s play, Richard the Third. He quoted it this way, “Now is the winter of our discount tent.” He’s a clever one.
We had hoped to keep that jalapeño plant alive beyond that first frost. The next day, I removed the tarp to inspect for potential damage.
Sylvia went out and harvested the last 43 peppers from that plant. We estimate about 200 jalapeños from that single plant. It was the most prolific of the four plants we grew this year.
We missed our goal of November 20 by one week. Still, we were happy for the extended season. (First frost here is usually October 20.)
Ode to Fall’s Finish
The fall has fallen
The leaves now litter the ground
Prepared for winter
While Earth is ready for winter, I have a few more tasks to complete. I should be ready on time.