When the garden is winding down each fall, I freeze fresh herbs to use all through the winter. In this photo sage leaves, rosemary, and thyme are ready to go into the freezer.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a garden update, but this year’s garden has been one of my most productive ever. Now fall is here and the garden is definitely winding down. I’m always sad to see the garden produce come to an end, so this time of year I’m busy freezing things from the garden. (See My Favorite Tips for Freezing Garden Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, and Vegetables if you have garden stuff you’re trying to preserve.)

I’ve started freezing herbs for winter, made tomato sauce, and frozen pesto. I’ve pulled out the green beans, peppers, and eggplant, but my garden still has plenty of greens flourishing, so I’m trying to think of new recipe ideas for using them.

My garden is pretty this time of year, even when the production of vegetables is slowing down.

I still have lots and lots and lots of Red Russian Kale, which I love to use in my Power Salad Mix. If Anyone has other ideas for using this milder-flavored kale variety, I’d love to hear them!

I also have lots of Swiss Chard, so I’ve been using it in soup and egg dishes.

The curly green kale is not quite as abundant, but there is quite a bit of that too. I made some kale and basil pesto, which I’m looking forward to experimenting with.

The tomatoes are loaded with green tomatoes and a few are getting red. I’ll pick the green ones soon and bring them inside to ripen.

And the volunteer tomatillos are flourishing where they sprouted up in the bed with the red kale!

And as much as I love this Russian Sage that grows along the front of my garden and around my yard, yesterday my nephew Jake came over to help me with yard clean-up for the winter, and we pruned away all these lovely blooms.

 (You can see all my garden updates since 2006 by using the category for Garden Updates.)

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