September Garden

At the end of our last post we lied.

We said we’d be back soon.

We weren’t back soon.

Life has been way full.

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Imagine taking everything out of this room. (And out of the rest of the downstairs of the house) Then getting the floors sanded and refinished. Then re-oiling the window sash. And painting the hardware. Then completely cleaning dust, etc., off everything, and cleaning and oiling every piece of furniture. And taking down the screens, washing the windows, and washing and putting up the storm windows because a hurricane was threatening and besides, winter is coming. Then putting everything back as it was before. A time-consuming project. This is one set of reasons why we ain’t posted much lately. 

But, here we are, again full of resolve to post more often.

September stayed pretty dry.

The Wishetwurra Farm garden sputtered along despite the lack of water.

Our “True Red Cranberry Pole Beans” look as if they’ll make a nice crop.

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Maturing beans on fence. 

We started hauling manure again, and have been digging it in.

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Soil improvement…recipe: dig down to clay, and layer up….manure-dirt, manure-dirt, manure-dirt, and then plant a cover crop of oats and beans on top. 

There was some seaweed to be had at the shore, and we were able to fork up four loads, which were used to mulch the berries and fruit trees, and to bank the leeks with, to protect them from winter cold. There’s nothing better, midwinter, to pull back that seaweed to get a mess of leeks to combine with our potatoes for a solid leek soup.

September flowers have been mighty fine.

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Pink zinnia

The tithonia (Mexican sunflower) is making a great late show, as it does every fall. Bumblebees are also making their end-of-season great slate how, and may be found in great numbers on the tithonias. And also on most of the other usual fall blooms — the asters, the goldenrods, the sedums, and so on…

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Bumblebee on thithonia.

The four-o’clocks are still blooming. They’re also making hundreds of seeds.

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Four O’Clock: bud, full-bloom flower, and withering remnant flower. 

In other news, to be covered in future posts, we have had some nice surf, have seen a hawk eat lunch, have finished a drawing, have gotten some rain, have found some old bottles, and have spent time with old friends.

We’ll leave you with a view of the inside of a datura flower.

The plant popped up in the pepper patch in early August.

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Interior of volunteer datura. 

It is now blooming like mad.

The rule is, don’t eat these.

Or you’ll get, like, blooming mad.

 

 

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