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.

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This years garden chili soup simmering over the open fire.

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.

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Late season tomatoes may not look the best, but they have incredible flavor

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.

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Actually living at the farm made this years soup all the better! The farmhouse overlooks the simmering kettle.

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. 



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6 thoughts on “The Best Soup You Will Ever Eat – The Taste Of The Fall Garden Clean Up

  • October 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    Is there a recipe for the soup?

    • October 15, 2016 at 7:20 am
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      Sharyn, The recipe changes a little very year based upon what is left in the garden. But for the base in the big pot we use about a gallon of water, and 3 quart jars of our homemade tomato juice – and then add in all of the garden vegetable until the pot is full! 🙂

  • October 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    How did u make the soup

    • October 15, 2016 at 7:20 am
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      The recipe changes a little very year based upon what is left in the garden. But for the base in the big pot we use about a gallon of water, and 3 quart jars of our homemade tomato juice – and then add in all of the garden vegetable until the pot is full! 🙂

  • October 14, 2016 at 9:49 am
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    That kettle is gorgeous! I love the idea!

    • October 15, 2016 at 7:22 am
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      We love the kettle – it was passed down from Mary’s mom to us!

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