Although most of nature is lush and green still, everywhere I turn, I see little glimpses of fall. We’ve been feeling it in the mornings and evenings for a while now : The shift in light, the warmer clothes, the breeze that smells like the colors I love so much. (Yes, I smell colors in fall, it is my super power!)
The goldenrod in our little wooded area is prime for picking and our blueberry bushes are slowly putting on their fall coats. The buckwheat husks are also ready to collect for seed, buckwheat being our favorite cover crop for spring. We also planted a row of bush beans late August, hoping for a little fall crop and apparently, our gamble has paid off.
Beds have been emptied (for the most part), soil is being packed in and fall crop cover are being planted. This year, we are trying a mix of white clover, winter wheat (which will over winter and grow next spring) and fall rye. In 3-4 weeks we will be turning in all that nitrogen fixing power, along with a full load of fallen leaves, hoping to make our soil that much better next spring. We will admit, we were lazy with amending this year and you could tell by the end of the season. Live and learn!
In the one bed, we still haven’t cleared out the plant life. Although some of it is over grown and going up in seed, we still have Swiss chard, Lebanese cucumbers and ground cherries being picked every day. But in one week time, even those will be gone. And then planning and organizing, dreaming and plotting, will be on the menu for the next 5 months and OH! How I love that part of the year too. And thanks to Isis from Little Mountain Haven and her latest post, now we have new books to consider as we are putting together our first gardening journal!
Finally, I’m amazed at the ongoing vibrance of my first planted-from-seed medicinal herbs. Especially the calendula and anise hyssop that I’m actively harvesting everyday still. My kitchen herbs will be ready to be brought in for drying and my lavender should be ready to infuse in oil in just a few days.
Although things have slowed down, I’m still loving the process. There is something calming about the year winding down. And anyway, fall means apples fresh from the tree! An that alone makes the cooling of the season not so bad! What do you think?