A Basketful of Fall
I’m looking out my window right now and this is what I see. After off and on sprinkles all day it looks like stormy weather is rolling in for the night. You know that beautiful in-between light that comes at dusk? Well add the dark clouds and the beautiful fall colors on the leaves and you’ll get an idea of what an autumn day is like at Pie Cottage. It’s a beautiful basketful of fall.
Today has been a very good day. The new vegetable garden got a big boost this weekend. I covered the 20 x 40 plot with brown paper and cardboard in preparation for the seven cubic yards of organic compost that was delivered this morning. The big truck showed up before I’d had my morning cup of tea and Gretapie was very excited to see all the activity. Duncan and his friend Ray helped rake it evenly all over the plot while it was still steaming. Can you see the steam in the picture?
When they finished, Duncan thought we might need more and I thought so, too. Can one ever have too much compost? I don’t think so. So, I called my friends at the farm to ask if it might be possible to have a second load delivered and about an hour later the truck reappeared with seven more cubic yards of beautiful black gold.
Duncan spread out the second load and now I have a layer of 10-12 inches of compost. After, he scouted out the furniture and appliance stores for more big sheets of cardboard to cover it up and here’s what it looked like this afternoon–a far cry from what it was like just a little over a year ago.
What’s going in first? Well, October is the month to plant garlic so tomorrow after my chores, Gretapie and I will be heading out in search of seed garlic. I’m hoping for one of the hardneck varieties with a reddish skin but since I’m kinda late getting seed for the fall, I’ll take whatever I can and rain or shine I’ll be planting it. In years past when I had a big garden that fed my family, I set in up to 200 cloves so I would have enough for the year to eat and braids to give away as gifts.
The company has been making baskets in the USA since 1854 and I think theirs are some of the nicest.
Recently I had them burn the Art of the Pie® logo onto the full wooden top for a 2 pie basket carrier.
And if you might be interested in having an Art of the Pie basket of your own to carry your just baked pies in, there are a limited amount for sale. Here’s the page that has all the ordering information. As mentioned, this is a limited edition basket. Are you thinking about Thanksgiving Day pies? This might be just the thing to carry them in!
Be Happy My Friends!