Because I was on a blog hiatus due to my shoulder surgery, I didn't write about cleaning up the garden back on October 27th. Writing about it now seems a little strange - I have to really scour my memory for what happened that day - but I wanted to note it because there were so many vegetables still in bloom.
Here are the tomatoes on 10/27, the day before a killing frost. I guarantee that this is the latest I've ever had flowers on tomato plants.
And here are the zucchini, still plugging away. That day I harvested three baseball bats and two nice-sized fruits. The baseball bats were used in zucchini bread, the two others were used in pasta with zucchini, walnuts, anchovy paste, chopped mint and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. (I know - it sounds like these ingredients don't go together, but it's a great-tasting and easy dish.)
There were other things still going, most notably the herbs, but I only took pictures of the most surprising.
Cleaning out the garden was a bit different this year - I was a little under 6 weeks from surgery and I wasn't supposed to be using my left arm at all. So, for the first time, Spouse gave me a hand. I was able to pull most plants myself using one arm, but there were several things that I needed help with. Actually, it was a lot of fun having a partner in the garden. Then I hit the 2 hour mark, at which point I realized that I was using my bad shoulder more than I thought and had to stop.
Even though he took over gardening duties for the fall, Spouse still has a little more to learn about vegetable gardening. Here he was back at the end of September (just 11 days after my surgery), trying to convince me that if we cut away the rotten parts, this would be a perfectly acceptable tomato. I let him have that one all to himself. :)