As far as all the other fall tasks, which mostly consist of clean up, we are just priming ourselves to get a jump on them. Pulling out stakes, pulling up ground cloth, and drip line, folding and storing and straightening. It will go fast once we get in the groove.
And every season has its groove. I think the stars I was seeing from this summer are just now abating. What a dizzy time. And somehow we made it through and there were lots of greens, turnips, and radishes at the end, with a chance of baby carrots! The head lettuces are massive and flavorful. The arugula has a delightful bite, and the turnips are sweet and juicy. It was worth it.
And now that the fog of summer has cleared, I am able to remember the chaos that they were planted into. I may have pulled us through the summer but Jim was the one that made the fall. Despite fears that the seedlings wouldn't size up and the seeds wouldn't sprout and mature before the cold of late fall, we planted and seeded just to see what those little plants could do. And they came in, delicious, healthy, and beautiful, to remind me that even when it looks hopeless, just following through can work wonders.
Another reminder of the wilder times of summer, look for our tomato puree at market this week! Just our tomatoes, cooked down with a little lemon juice to help them store. They make great sauce or serve as an excellent base for salsa. A lovely little taste of summer.
Helen for the Whistling Wolf Team signing out.