It's a bit like the scene after a banquet, after everyone has gone, and there are a few custodians vacuuming furiously. The place seems so bare, when just a few hours ago it had been so lush, so nicely decorated and full of colour. You didn't notice that the carpet and walls were so plain.
We tore out the tomato plants, the pepper plants, the eggplant plants, and the okra. It's that time and it's kind of nice to see the beds bare, to be redone and set up with something else. The pigs are busy digging, and the chickens are stabbing at seeds and bits and pieces of plant residue. We will plant some hardy greens for the late fall and soon enough, we will be setting up our tomato plants again, this time stringing them to the structure so they don't lie down on the floor the way many did this year. The place wasn't as orderly as I would like it - watering plants was a challenge when so many were slumped into the trenches and I had to get around them - and yet, we had some good results, especially cherry tomatoes, which were spectacular, if I do say so myself.
Our field has been expanded, almost doubled in size thanks to the pigs' digging. Next year we plan to grow a few fewer vegetable varieties and grow more of each. Enough to stock a CSA and do some wholesaling. That last sentence is oozing with the kind of intention most farmers have for "next year," when this year's plans will be properly realized. But we are at least further along than we would be if we hadn't already finished year 0.
In other news, I have collected the watermelon. There were about 6 left today and they are incredible, if I do say so myself. It's not exactly watermelon weather, but it will have to do.