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It is done.  The garden is empty.  This week, I brought in the last of the squash, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.

Here’s one of the many reasons I love gardening:  the freaky vegetables you never see in grocery stores – the ugly tomatoes, the twisted carrots, the stumpy potatoes, the massive squash.  I think we actually do ourselves a disservice by culling the freaky fruits and veggies.  I love finding these little freaks of nature – it reminds me that nothing, absolutely NOTHING on this green earth is perfect.  Everything has its own little flaw.  Everything is a beautiful mess.

Twisted Carrots

Super freaks! Super freaks! They’re super freaky.

Carrots and Parsnips

Butternut Squash

One of these things is not like the other; one of these things just doesn’t belong . . .

ten pounder
This squash is nearly ten pounds, and will comfortably feed a family of five.