There won’t be too many more days like today this year. Miss Belle took advantage of an open window to lay in the sill and smell more outside smells, and hear more sounds. I took advantage of it to begin to dismantle some parts of the garden; always sad days for me.
Two tomato plants were done producing so I took them down, along with their trellises and garden wire holding them up. Two more still have a chance to ripen some that are on the plants, so they can wait a bit. Hot and sweet peppers are still ok and we’re picking and eating them. Hopi lima beans still have a lot of pods developing so they stay for a while too.
Our robins have been gone for about a month, but if I’m lucky sometimes I get to see groups of them from further north, migrating thru here. A few days ago there were 8 or so out on the patio, taking a rest, a bath, and getting some bugs in the grass. It was so unusual to see 3 in the birdbath at one time, cos they don’t usually share. But migration is serious business and they need to make quick stops and get on the way. Not the best picture, but I snapped it quick since I’ve never seen this before.
It was a good gardening year, despite new challenges, and there are new ones every year. It was too hot, and too dry. Nothing got as big as the same kinds of things did other years but plants still produced well, with lots of watering from the garden hose. We’ve eaten a lot of things and I have dried and frozen a lot of good things for later.
It doesn’t hurt to look for any help you can when you’re gardening, and although I’m not Buddhist, there is always a run of Tibetan prayer flags in the garden. You are supposed to let the flags hang up until the prayers on them have gone away in the weather, and these prayers are mostly gone. It’s just a tradition, but one that I like.
Fall comes, and winter will follow. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Our country is in chaos and the whole world is as well, with the virus and climate change looming over us every day. I’m getting old, but hopefully next year I can grow another garden, with tomatoes and beans and peppers and prayer flags. This winter will not be fun to get thru, for so many reasons. But on we go, and I ramble along. All the best to my readers. Be safe and well.