A Dietitian in the Garden
King Street Community Garden, Truro, Nova Scotia
I am picking up where I left off a couple of weeks ago, and returning to the Garden to taste the Arctic kiwi. The side benefit of the return trip to the Garden was seeing what’s still growing at the King Street Community Garden.
Learnings from a Dietitian in the Garden. These are NOT ripe Arctic kiwi! A taste test confirmed that I need to visit again. Oh to have been a fly on the fence when I bit into that little gem!
Fall in the Garden
After I recovered from my kiwi taste testing, I noted that the view in the Garden was different from my last visit, but still just as lovely.
There are still beds with vegetables to harvest and flowers to enjoy. I saw the cabbage and tomatoes pictured here, but also herbs, beans, squash, kale, lettuce, carrots and beets. The marigolds, coneflowers and sunflowers are still going strong.
On the Grapevine
As I peeked under the leafy canopy, I saw bunches and bunches of grapes. Some still tart and unripe green, some with hints of purple blush and some with a rich dark purple. I even noticed a few that were dried to raisins!
Looking up at the plum trees, I can see branches loaded with the most gorgeous purple plums. It makes me wonder how the gardeners will use them. Will they just enjoy them from the tree, make jams or jellies, freeze or dry them? I know what this dietitian in the garden is doing with the one in her hand! This taste test was more successful than the first one. These are ripe, and they are the most incredible shade of green on the inside. And the plum I had tasted so good, I may need to invest in plum trees for my yard.
King Street Community Garden
Getting Ready for Winter
All around the Garden, you can see signs that gardeners are getting their beds ready for winter. Plants have been removed, soil has been leveled. There is still time left for gardeneres to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of their labour.
And then, the wait for spring, and the next growing season, begins.
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”