By Lyle Hillyard
Gardener (and Utah State Senator)
Last Saturday was the final gardening effortof the year. It has been a great one with raspberries, potatoes, and apples being the most productive. My brother-in-law, who is the co-owner of the garden, left with his wife on Monday for an 18 month volunteer mission to Scotland, so we did some things a little early.
I covered my carrots with leaves (to be dug up next January and taste the great sweetening that occurs with this process), put away the wire braces around the tomatoes and dug the onions so they can be put out on screens in the shop to dry. The land is thoroughly tilled. Once the snow is off (around April in Logan) it will begin again.
We still have a bushel or so of beautiful golden delicious apples on the tree next to my house. I will pick them as needed until it get down to about 20 degrees - then put the remaining apples in the refrigerator for eating the next few months.
We have it pretty easy now. I was talking to a neighbor who was raised on a farm - she recalled how her father would dig a pit and fill it with straw and cover the apples, potatoes and carrots for the winter. They would dig into the pit as needed for food during the winter. As with many historical events, I imagine the memories are more enjoyable than the actual experience.