Thursday, November 3, 2011

All Good Things Must Come To An End

We had our first below freezing temperatures earlier this week.  So I picked the last of the peppers in the garden.
Just what do you do with 30 peppers?  Well I sauteed them, along with some onions and put them in small bags and placed them in the freezer.

I will use them this winter on homemade pizzas, Italian sausage sandwiches, in soups and pasta dishes, omelette's, fritatta's and more.

In the middle of winter, when I am dreaming of my potager looking like this....

Instead of how it looks today, like this....
That patch of green in one of the raised beds are peas.  They are just starting to get pea pods, so we have been covering them every night....Hopefully we will have fresh peas in a week.  Then that will be the end of the garden for 2011.
Welcome Home,
Penny

30 comments:

  1. You can think of your garden this winter as you eat those peppers! Spring will be here again before we know it. Enjoy!~Hugs, Patti

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  2. Penny,

    The "end" of our vegetable gardens is a bittersweet time, isn't it? From the anticipation of the newly planted seeds, to the gleaning of the last harvest, it's such a blessing. I absolutely LOVE (& covet) your potager!

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  3. Hello Penny, we have yet to have a freeze - amazing how it will call an end to the beauty of summer! Spring will just be around the corner!
    Kathy

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  4. Ah... I lived in Atlanta for one year and had the most amazing garden with raised beds like yours. I really miss having that yard, but I don't miss much else about it!!!

    I was suppose to put my tomatoes in the ground two weeks ago and didn't get to do it. I need a raised bed installed and I can't get anyone to help me get the supplies to my house!! :( Well.....maybe next year.

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  5. And a wonderful garden it has been.

    You are ahead of us for freezing temps. Our Cleveland Pears are just beginning to change..finally getting pretty color the first of November. The lake, farther south is ahead of us too.

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  6. Penny, that basket of green peppers is such a beautiful photo!! Enjoy your peas when they are in!

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  7. I love looking at that potager you created Penny! Marvelous job~

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  8. What a beautiful basket of peppers! One of the nice things about living where I do is it hardly ever freezes, so my flowers can live all year round. The vegetable garden does end, though - it's like the plants know it's supposed to freeze (even if it doesn't) so they give up around late Novemer. :)

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  9. Always sad to put the garden to bed but on the other hand it is time to start dreaming of next year.

    A friend gave us an enormous pile of apples. I made apple butter yesterday and baked two pies this morning. Both pies will be delivered to friends.

    I still have apples left. I've never made a tarte tatin and may give it a try. I'll bet you might have a good recipe.

    Darla
    Darla

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  10. Penny
    Your garden has served you well!
    Those peppers are beauties!

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  11. That is so neat that you are able to use your summer vegetables in the winter (that you grew). I know you'll enjoy cooking with your own home grown food.

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  12. I do this with store peppers which are never quite as pretty as fresh ones. I love having extra peppers for a lazy last minute omelette!

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  13. Those bells look wonderful. I also wash, cut and freeze them without cooking. Not looking forward to the first freeze here!

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  14. A cook can never have too many peppers... a staple in this house for sure!

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  15. It'll be worth covering them if you can get some fresh peas in a week. Your green peppers look so fresh and delicious. I finally tossed the green pepper plant and harvested my five little peppers. They didn't appear to be growing any more and they did taste good in last night's salad.

    Love that profile pic!

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  16. Reality bites, doesn't it? Awww the garden is just sleeping, and soon it will awaken. Hurry Spring, we need you.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  17. Your garden is gorgeous and so are the peppers. My bell peppers never look that good. Do you do feed them a lot? I have good luck with the Giant Marconi type and banana peppers. I just chop them and put in freezer bags. Happy gardening.

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  18. I'm in mourning over my basil and tomatoes. Thank goodness for Trader Joes!

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  19. What a great idea to do with an abundance of peppers!
    Yes, it's really fall, almost winter - but there are this season's joys to savour.

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  20. What a great idea! I'm always running to the store for fresh because I don't want them to go bad. Now I know I can just freeze them.
    Thanks for the tip!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. Beautiful peppers. Almost don't look real.

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  22. Those were some gorgeous peppers. Lots of chopping there girl! I love your garden any time of the year. Have a great weekend!

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  23. Your peppers look so sweet and crunchy! You'll think of summer and your beautiful potager every time you open a bag.

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  24. Ah yes, ours looks the same. It actually feels good to pull up the spent plants and be ready for the next cycle to begin in spring. You got a bumper crop of peppers!

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  25. Hi Penny, I just found your blog. I had the same basket of peppers about 2 weeks ago and my potager looked the same. Now however, we have pulled out everything and it is just dirt :(
    I am also 880 follower. I am off to look at more of your blog.
    Chrissy

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  26. Oh, Penny, those peppers look wonderful. Great idea to freeze along with onions. We have broccoli and cauliflower in the garden yet, but that's it until next year.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  27. Hi Penny, Our little deck garden is probably frozen and dead by now. While we have been in FL the weather has been freezing at night in the mountains.

    Your peppers look so pretty. I too freeze peppers for the winter. They do just fine for cooking. I just cut them, take our the seeds and freeze them in chunks. No cooking and it works great.

    Have a great weekend.
    XO, Jeanne

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  28. No matter, dear friend. Come Springtime and it will be lovely once again. New life..new ideas and another beginning.

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