Fall’s Colours in the Vegetable Garden

Zebrina flowers grow amongst the corn plants in the vegetable plot.

“It ain’t over till it’s over” is a refrain that goes through my head this time of year. How much time do we have left? Gardening days are numbered when we get to the end of September, and many of us, let’s face it, tend to get fed up with the garden at this time of the year.

Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the community garden, mine anyway. Abandoned plots are covered in weeds. Others that started out well tended have been left to make it on their own. I’m guilty of this too. After a busy time at work, and a two week absence, I return to find my tomato cages at 45 degree angles, tons of fruit to pick, plus a few sad souls that fell to the ground. Beans have gone from big to enormous, so I leave them for dried beans.

Orange nasturtiums match the glowing colours of Swiss Chard.

But out of all this neglect there is still colour and beauty in the fall vegetable garden. Even weedy plots have their own appeal. As cloudy fall days make colours glow brighter, the swiss chards are intense with wild day-glo colours. Flowers planted as companion plants—marigolds, nasturtiums—are healthy and full of bloom, and will keep on right till frost. Against wrinkled leaves of vegetables and greens they make a pretty picture.
Although my vegetable harvest is dwindling, I was able to pick a huge bouquet of cosmos from my cutting garden. It really isn’t over till it’s over. And fall colours are everywhere if you look.

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