Autumn in the South is a time of extremes: chilly nights, sweltering days, and azaleas abloom for the second time in a year.
It also means that until five minutes ago, I still had tomatoes and basil growing like it was July.
Smart gardeners weeks ago pulled up those spindly stalks, processed their pesto, and moved on to planting winter greens. But I just didn’t have the heart – my little plants were working so hard! – or the time to do it. And as a result, we went a full six months of the stuff.