Fall is here.
Yesterday afternoon near sunset, the clouds patterned across the sky.
Rabbit Rabbit, Rabbit!
Rabbit Rabbit, Rabbit, because today is the first day of a month, the First of November, All Saints’ Day.
We are nearing the end of fall leaf season, but the foliage is still impressive.
Here you see the trees to the east of the garden.
Just before sunset on Hallowe’en. We see the dark reds of blueberry and beetlebung (tupeleo), yellows and oranges of the swamp maples, and an oak to the left that doesn’t want to stop being green quite yet.
How is the garden? Just fine!
We have had one light frost so far, enough to finish off the basil and to start the asparagus on the Path to Yellow. In these shortening days, the cold-hardy plants continue to grow enthusiastically.
From the nosebleed heights of the ladder, here are the monthly views.
The North End.
The dark, freshly mulched flowerbed at fence edge was dug out and replenished with humus and fertilizer. Below that, the asparagus begins to yellow. Next is the carrot patch, which will soon be pulled and stored in damp sand. Below that is the darker green of fall coles — minestra nera, broccoli, bok choi, chinese cabbage, and cabbage cabbage. The intense green is oats and radish atop a new deep bed of manured soil. Below that the work of making that new bed continues. About eight truckloads of manure have gone into that project so far, and there are four or five more loads yet to go before the boundary fence is reached.
Cover oats and radish nearest the fence, then the remnants of a bed with chard, fennel, and greens. The dark strip is an eelgrass mulch atop three newly planted rows of garlic. The intense green below that is cover crops on the former corn patch. Below that is a mix of hangers-on in beds: parsnips, parsley, flowers, green onions, peppers, a few flowers, and near the fence, to the right of the rototiller, is the bed of fall and winter leeks.
Not much happened in the far south this year. The bindweed continues to invade, despite resistance. The very end, past the internal fence, has oats/radish cover crop. That area will be one of the major pea patches next year. When the pease are done, there will be another attack at the bindweed, followed by a major application of manure and cover crops. That whole far corner needs some deep digging, to root out the bindweed.
That’s the monthly overview. In the next post or two, we’ll come to ground to see what’s growing, and to check up on the soil-building projects.
Once again, Happy All Saints’ Day.
May the Saints be with you.
How many Saints are there? Amazingly, no one knows for sure. There over ten thousand, but there is no complete or definitive list. Which Saint had the longest name? Alphonsus Liguori, who was baptized with a looong handle: Alphonsus Mary Antony John Cosmas Damian Michael Gaspard de’ Liguori.
If I had a name that long I might hit the Liguori cabinet for a shot of something.