It is simply the best soup we ever make. Period! And the funny thing is, we say that every single year at just about this time. Each fall, as we clear out the garden, it has become tradition to make a huge pot of open kettle soup with the final harvest.
Some years it chili, others it’s vegetable soup. But either way, it always turns out to be the most incredible tasting soup of the season.
There is something uniquely special about the last produce to be pulled from the garden. The flavors are rich and complex. They burst with the incredible taste that only the crisp mornings and warm days of autumn can give. Add in that it’s made over an open fire – and you have pure magic!
For us this year it was garden chili. It simmered all day, slowly cooking down to intensify the flavors of an entire summer’s worth of gardening. Other than a little homemade chili powder made from our peppers, not a single additional seasoning was added.
We found out long ago that no amount of seasoning can ever compare to the intense flavor that late season vegetables give to an all day simmering soup.
The Importance of Clearing Out The Garden
The importance of cleaning up the fall garden actually goes far beyond that amazing soup. Clearing out the garden after each growing season plays a huge role in the overall health of next year’s garden. When garden plants are left to overwinter, it sets the table for pests and disease to hide and multiply.
Even better, once cleared, plant a cover crop to really boost your soil! See : How To Plant A Cover Crop. If that is not enough of a benefit, then there is always the soup!
So get out there, and clear out that garden. And while your at it, make your own best soup ever!
Here’s to a great Fall, and the best soup ever! – Jim and Mary. To receive our Recipes, DIY and Gardening articles each week, sign up to follow the blog via email in the right hand column above, “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can also check out our new book, Growing Simple,now available on Amazon.com.