Prunning fruit trees
Bed of young snow peas
The last of the summer crops, tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash and a few volunteer sunflowers
In what’s seems like overnight the gardens’ taken on a whole new feel. The towering bean vines and squashes are slowing coming down giving way to cooler weather crops like broccoli and peas.
Even the weather has heralded a new season. The wind! A few days ago the wicked Santa Ana winds came howling down through the passes like a freight train whipping trees and bushes in every which way. The lovely banana tree that grows near the outdoor solar shower beautiful leaves now look all raggedy and shredded to pieces. Poor things. Good thing our goaties LOVE banana leaves.
In the garden
We are turning are focus in not only growing our annual cash crops like salad mix, kale, swiss chard, pea shoots and edible flower but more about feeding ourselves.
Growing our food closer to home during these tumultuous times is growing a secure future for ourselves and our community. So perhaps this year we’ll be cutting back on a few of our “lightweight” cash crops and focusing on a few heavy weight vegetables instead. These last couple day have meant long hours in the garden – pruning, composting and turning over the old and in with the new.
Looking back on the summer’s pathetic growing season we await a new season with hope and uncertainty. Uncertainty on what the weather holds for us this year. Will it be too dry or too cold a winter remains to be seen.
With such a small property it doesn’t leave much room for mistakes and when you put in your crops for the season you put along a bit of faith along with each seed.
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