October is bringing the Seattleites the summer we never had. Or at least the sunshine we never had. It is everything a fall should be~ sunny skies and the tiptoeing in of crisp air.
Fall was my favorite season for a long time. Maybe it still is. I am not sure. I think I now love the idea of fall. You see, I have incredibly high standards and beliefs about what a season looks & acts like and Seattle consistently lets me down in the fall.
Before Seattle, I was living in Iowa. And Iowa has a spectacular fall. The air is clean and crisp, the leaves light up and fall, the shortening days still warm nicely and you can’t quite yet see your breath in the evenings. The sweaters get pulled out and rain gear is never considered.
Upon moving to Seattle, I realized fall came in the form of a few unpredictable days randomly interspersed in a period otherwise characterized as a “return to gloom.” I cherished those few days because generally, in Seattle, by the time the leaves start falling, the rain has long since commenced and we are just left with soggy leaves and the thought of staring 7 months of mostly rain in the face. Kind of depressing huh? Being let down at this time of the year is harsh for a gal who needs some blue sky & sunshine. (As my grandma used to say, I need “enough blue to make a pair of jeans.” )
But not 2010. Seattle is rockin’ Fall 2010! I think we are getting some sort of karmic break from a mostly cool & sloshy summer as we head into a predicted colder/wetter-than-normal winter. (seriously? wetter? really? I’m crying. Or will be soon.)
This fall is full of sunshine. Blue skies! Crunchy leaves! A Babylady exclaiming “LOOK! LOOK! It’s a fall tree! LOOK!” It is incredible and I, for one, am soaking every last bit up.
But, back to the garden. It is looking a bit rough. Unfinished. You see, I had minor wrist surgery a few weeks ago and am not supposed to do any lifting, twisting and such. A lot of tasks are at a standstill except for things I can finangle a way to do 1-handed.
I put in mixed fall/winter cover crops in several of the open beds. I sort of protected the seeds and then growing crops from the chickens with either floating row cover or bird netting. I did remove the covering for a day when I thought the plants might be big enough to withstand the chickens. I was very wrong. They demolished parts of the planted areas in about 8.3 seconds. So, for now, while the chickens free range during the day the cover crops have some protection. At some point I’ll put up some temporary/moveable fencing to keep them out of areas I don’t want them destroying. But for now this will do.
And that wraps up October’s garden meander. Stick around for next month and hopefully a nice, tidy put to bed for the winter garden!
Later this week I’ll fill you in on peppers for Can Jam! I scored on 15 pounds* of hot peppers last month and was busy getting scorched!
(*if you weren’t sure, 15 pounds of hot peppers is a near-ridiculous amount for a household of 2 adults & 1 child)