Fall Seeds

It has been an odd summer, too warm, not enough rain and 95 degrees on September 11th. Global warming is changing the way we garden. The usual dying down I look forward to when the cold dictates a giving in has been postponed. This end-of-summer suggests another growing season. The clemytis is surging forth with new leaves and blooms, the rose bush is never tiring, and all the recent heat has been beneficial for the sweet peppers. I am ready to close up the garden, but things keep growing.

The fall seeds can surely go in and hopefully not go to flower in a warm spell. This includes beets and spinach and perhaps bok choy. Today, the task is to clear out the string beans, the weeds, wild violets and comfrey that have claimed the spot. Beans are beneficial to the soil, rather than just take nutrients, they put in nitrogen. I will add compost and redig the soil before I plant the seeds. With lots of water and vigilance to keep birds and cats out of the garden, we should have some new vegetables by the end of October.

Our garden this year is mostly about producing food that we can freeze. Already the freezer is full of string beans and tomatoes for winter dinners. We also have grapes waiting to be made into winter wine. All these fruits of our labor give us something to look forward to as we watch trees and plants give into debilitating cold, geese fly south and furry animals disappear into hibernation. It is the anticipation of warm meals in a house full of the smells of food harvested in the summer heat.