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12 October 2010
Show your colors
and support your local farms via "Dine Out For Farms" week

crisp autumn sky and some tall zinnias
crisp autumn sky and some tall zinnias


I've never been a big fan of fall. Chillier temps. Back to school. Dark mornings. Bleccch. What's to like?


the humble zinnia
I tried for a while to capture the simple brilliance of this humble zinnia, but couldn't quite get it!

rose mallow
rose mallow, a pleasant surprise this year

hearty marigolds turn toward the sun
hearty marigolds turn toward the sun


Well, being a little more in tune with the rhythms of the garden has actually brought me an appreciation of the autumn season. Who'da thunk? I'm experimenting with a fall planting this year... broccoli, brussels sprouts, LOTS of kale, leeks, some late carrots and beets, winter spinach. Not to mention a whole bed of glorious garlic that I'm hoping will yield some scrumptious spring garlic scapes and about a metric ton of stinking rose to cook with for a season or more. We shall see.


the last of the sunflowers, and (hopefully!) the last of the cucumber beetles
the last of the sunflowers, and (hopefully!) the last of the cucumber beetles

just a little more sunflowerliciousness
just a little more sunflowerliciousness


So far the mozzies haven't completely dissipated, but as the temperatures drop, so will the pests. I did notice a spate of cucumber beetles -- spotted rather than striped -- on the last of the sunflowers. I'm far less annoyed than when these critters decimated my squash beds earlier in the season. On a more convivial note, a fat brown grasshopper has been hanging out in the wildflower bed near the front door. His presence sparks a vague memory of fables about hard work, but every time I spot him all I can do is stop and gaze in wonder.


oh, hello!
oh, hello!


There are still a few stalwart tomatoes and peppers waiting to be harvested. At this time of year, it's anyone's guess whether we'll get frost or 80-degree days. I'm willing to hang onto the last bastion of summer crops as long as I can. But, I have to admit, I'm looking forward to those autumn veggies!

 

the last few peppers and 'maters
the last few peppers and 'maters

new fall crops: brussels sprouts on the rise!
new fall crops: brussels sprouts on the rise!


Also, it's "Dine Out For Farms" week! Support your local farms and the American Farmland Trust by eating out at a participating restaurant. What better way to show your colors? 


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