Saturday, October 18, 2014
Fall on the Farm
A windy rainy week will be capped off tonight with a frost advisory. It is beginning to look a lot like fall around here. Crisp temperatures make grabbing a sweater the norm, walking across the yard is a shuffle amongst the fallen leaves and the Halloween decor made its appearance this week. Sadly, the beautiful gourd display that I normally decorate the porch with will remain hidden this year. I suspect a mischievous puppy and a basket full of gourds would not be a good mix!
The cool weather crops are enjoying the temperatures. We are still pulling leaks, peppers, kale, flower sprouts and onions from the garden. As you can see the one light frost that we had last weekend finished the winter squash plants and this weekend will see them harvested and nestled into their new root cellar home.
It looks like after this weekend we will see a string of dry days together. With more than half of the garden beds closed down, and frost in the forecast, I suspect that the next couple of weekends will be comprised of finishing the remaining beds, topping the asparagus, pruning berry canes, planting garlic, and beginning the task of next seasons compost by way of a mass mowing and the beginning of leaf pick-up. Just a few little tasks, mid to late fall on the farm is the last big push towards putting everything to bed before the darker and much colder months ahead.