|October 18, 2016 Our Big Maple and our barn peeking through the leaves|
Arrived home Oct 3 to lush flowers........not the typical blackened garden.
That's never happened in all the nine years I've lived here. Typical first frost is ~Sept 9.
Oct 5 1/4 inch rain
Oct 6 1/4 inch rain
Drained 2 more water tanks (before the rain!)
Oct 8 PLANTED GARLIC (40) Old Variety
Not bothering with the Persian Star or Chesnok Red. The old variety is still the best
Oct 10 Don finished up the new composting area and I'm starting to fill that with grass clippings
as a base to smother the grass and weeds growing there.
Oct 12 Started collecting seeds---Cleome, Purple Coneflower, Agastache cana, Alyssum, Phlox-
"Moody Blues", zinnias, and cosmos. I gathered enough to sow for next year and will
let the birds continue spreading it for me.
RAIN 1 inch (!!)
Oct 13 Dug all my peach geraniums from the west border and stuck them in a bucket until
I decide whether to pot them up or try just storing them "as is" for the winter. My
windowsills are already full.
RAIN 1/4 inch
Oct 14 Picked our FIRST GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES, lots more grapes, last of the Juliet
tomatoes before tearing out that plant
|Apples, Grapes and Tomatoes.|
Oct 15 Leaves starting to really fall now. Ironwood trees almost bare. Maples turning slowly
Boxelder behind garage and orchard trees still green and lush
I go out every day and bag up three loads to add to my new composting area.
|October 16, 2016 Lucas Road|
Oct 16 RAIN 1/4 inch last night and into this morning Temps in the 60's!!
STILL NO FROST!! WHAT????????????
Still getting SunGold and Matt's Wild Cherry Tomatoes and grapes.
Still have carrots, lettuce, Brussels Sprouts (which are waiting for a frost to "sweeten"
Celery and Kale
Oct 17 THUNDERSTORM this morning. A muggy 68 degrees and 35/100 inch RAIN
Oct 18 Muggy and 72 at 6 am. Drizzly skies all day. 1/10 inch RAIN
|October 18, 2016 Leaves are falling fast!|
Picked 3 NICE Brandywine tomatoes, a handful of Matts Wild Cherry and SunGold
tomatoes plus Kale and the usual 1/2 dozen carrots to snack on daily
|Brandywine Tomatoes, Carrots, Kale and SWEET POTATOES!!!! Oct 20, 2016|
|October 21, 2016 Dahlias from the Garden-|
Thomas Edison(Dk Purple), Fleurel (white),, Lavender Perfection and front-Vancouver
Oct 22 Did a final pickup of leaves for composting. The rest can blow away. I have plenty.
Pulled all the tomatoes and composted them.
Still growing -carrots, kale, Brussels Sprouts, Celery and Mesclun lettuce mix.
As of this writing , we are STILL without frost--it is FIVE WEEKS OVERDUE.
Oct 23 Leaving for Iowa. Again. Hopefully when we get back , this freakishly endless growing season will be over. I know I'm certainly DONE.
I'm ready for hibernation-cooking and baking, reading, painting, skiing, just having TIME.
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