HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

FALL IS HERE?

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~  Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

Over the weekend, it seemed as if Fall had finally arrived in a breezy rush of nippy blue skies dotted with clouds.

JC even pronounced over the weekend that “Fall is here!”  And we agreed….  It was certainly a nice change as even the slightness temperature change is appreciated in the “non seasonal” SoCal

However, the weather has done a complete turnabout in the past few days and we are back to dry (lip-chapping) heat of 90° temps.  So much for the brief respite and fall tease.

For those of our readers who are lovers of our salad mix and have bemoaned the summer wait — be patient! ‘Salad time’ is soon!

Even with the summer weather still lingering, the garden dynamics are changing. Summer crops are dying away and large rangy plants that gave one a sense of inhabiting a secret garden are now being replaced with the shorter, delicate plants for So. CA winter.

There’s a second flush of strawberries filling the “morning’s pickin'” baskets which is certainly nice to have at this time of year. The yellow guava is producing its heart out and we are still harvesting beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and radishes.

Strawberry                              Tomatoes & Avocados                     Yellow Guavas

We anticipate harvesting the sweet potato tubers pretty soon and finding out how big a crop we will have this year. It will be a surprise to pull the first clump from the ground and see how well they did compared to last season … can’t make to whip up some sweet ‘tater pie. yum!

We were asked by a new gardener in the area, “What to plant now?”

So, David, here’s what can be planted now in SoCal:

Snow peas, broccoli, a variety of leafy greens, garlic, potatoes, onions

For more, there’s a niftySoCal planting chart that helps.

It’s time to order some bulk seeds again.   We try to self-save as much as we can but it’s hard to collect enough seeds from our salade greens to keep the constant succession plantings going — greens such as mache, peppergrass and certain lettuces.

STITCHING FOR SANITY

With the onset of cooler weather, the knitting needles have been welcomed out of a summer’s hiatus, dusted off and put into use. There’s unfinished knitting projects to be picked up once again… and new ones to tackle.

FYI: Our monthly knitting circle will meet on Tues, Sept 28 at the gardenLAb (950 South Raymond) from 5pm-8pm.  Bring snacks and your knitting (or crochet) projects!

CAR FIASCO

We still don’t have our car. It’s like pulling teeth to get the necessary work/parts done by the mechanics. Customer service pretty much … stinks.

When we do get the car back we are going to have to fight to have the dealer who screwed up in the first place pay for some of the expenses we’re having to do out of our own pocket right now. They’re refusing to pay for the three weeks of car rental we needed (to keep our produce delivery business alive!).

  It’s a real mess and so far we have a 10 page timeline of events documenting everything. And… we are continuing to add more reports of insanity to it all the time.

The BBB didn’t help much, in fact the lady told us “not to bother calling their office any more.”

The DOCA/BAR representative told us that they can’t do anything for us because they (the Chevy dealer in Hanford) pretty “closed the door in her face” and shut off mediation.

And GM/Chevy regional offices aren’t of any help.

POST CARB

No, not talking about the latest craze in the diet wars…

Sunday night, we had a decent turn out for the encore screening of the progressive documentary End of Suburbia.   Thanks to those who contributed food and donations to help fund more of these community events — much appreciated!  

Afterwards, everyone joined in for a discussion and questions arose of how we are to deal with the inevitable collapse of the world as we know it. Some of the topics were of skills to be acquired, transpiration, and the need to establish a community that has removed itself entirely from the system.

There is so much to learn and hands on experience to be gained … and addressed. It’s quite overwhelming really to fully comprehend the scope of this upcoming crisis as it is not a matter of if, but when.

Despite all the warnings, that we are headed for an ecological and environmental perfect storm, many Americans are oblivious to the flashing read light on the earth’s fuel gauge. ~ Thomas Wheeler ~

Watching this film for us reiterates what we personally felt many years back and which led to the beginning of PTF four years ago.   Only now, it’s well-respected scientists and other well-known people telling us of the impending doom. You can hear the anxiety in their voices.

Darley also focuses on how “relocalization” and living very very simply is the only way to deal with the depletion of oil and natural gas, both of which have already peaked, never to be available again as they have been before. We are nearing the end of the industrialized world, it will be a very big change and it behooves us to prepare starting right now to cushion the move into these new times.

One then has to take stock of what the future holds and what can be done about it. Once you start breaking down the scenario — piece by piece, it’s scary. Our little urban homestead is nice and peaceful now, but what happens when the crisis erupts?

Weather Report: Fall? er, not yet!

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