Friday, October 31, 2008

Almost Pie Time

Making progress here. Compared to yesterday's post & week old photo, you can see they are now orange enough for Halloween! After they ripen up further, some will go out to the garage for cool storage. Some will be cooked to eat or to freeze.

I learned that muffins freeze fairly well (freeze, and then seal airtight in with a Foodsaver). Later, they are just right for a breakfast on the run. Hmmm...time to go pick apples for pumpkin apple muffins.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Extending the Season

The pumpkins have been in the house since the big frost. Washed, in a warm(er) and bright spot, they have been coming into their color. This photo is from last weekend. Will they make it to full glory for their big day?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

October Gold

The maples seem especially golden this year. And it has been in this last week that the trees have really started turning colors. I also think every tree/plant that missed its normal pollination schedule is making up for it now. I hope this is an exceptional year and not a trend for me. Something is giving me an allergy-like reaction. Really hard to stay out of it when the days turn nice and sunny.

Visit this post to see why they are on the compost watch list: 2006 Maples. We've started our collection of mowed grass & leaves for composting. There will be more to come when the maples fall.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Count down to final frost

Yesterday, we found these signs of another cold front that moved through the pumpkin patch. It felt like it would be another cold evening, so we put the full cover on the cloche to protect the patty pan squash. Just in case, we also picked some of the baby squash for dinner and many tomatoes.
Tonight, an actual frost advisory has been given... but back to a nice 60 degree day tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Summer 2008-Parting Shots

We keep having spurts of cold weather and then warm weather. After this summer, the plants aren't sure if it is spring or fall. They just know they must do it quickly, whatever it is. The lavender is on its third (but light) blooming this year.
Here is the garden in the last weekend of Sept. Lots of herb seed heads and the last of the flowers. The first weekend of October has brought the rain.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Petunia's Neighbor

At least Petunia (the snake) doesn't climb up in the flowers and dare you to pick them. But, then, that may be why the spiders do climb up in the flowers.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fall Seedlings

I started some broccoli, lettuce and chard to see if we might eat into the fall. Unfortunately for the broccoli, the days may become too short to make it to harvest. This one is happily growing under the window frame cloche, along with lettuce and chard (which, of course, we can eat quite young).
So, as an experiment, some seedlings are out in the open, some are under the window cloche and some under the partially covered cloche (only partially covered to prevent scorching on the beautiful fall days like today). In spite of my coffee ground distraction method, the slugs have found several of the broccoli seedlings.