It started raining here last week, glorious cleansing rain with thunder and lightning. I was nearly beside myself with glee as the first crack of thunder was unleashed. The dramatic change from triple digits and lemonade to rain and soup was the perfect beginning to fall. I love fall…the cool weather, pies, sweaters, iced sugar cookies, boots, colored leaves, piles of pumpkins, and holiday after holiday. In a few weeks I’ll be walking around the neighborhood with a junior astronaut and a toddler tiger. Then in rapid fire we will have Thomas’ birthday, Thanksgiving, Fakemass, Christmas, and New Years. I’m planning costumes, parties, meals, gifts, and the fall and winter garden. It feels so cathartic to rip out the tired tomato plants and see new pea shoots emerging from the drenched earth. It’s been a good few weeks.
Plant something (or take care of something you’ve planted):
- Bell Peppers
- Anaheim Peppers
- Eggplant – last for the year, I pulled the plant this week
- Grapes (from our next-door neighbors yard)
- 2 cups tomatoes (dried)
- 4 half pints salsa verde (canned)
- 5 half pints of Sombrero BBQ sauce (canned)
- 30 half-pints grape jelly (canned)
- 14 pints applesauce (canned)
- 4 half-cups of roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced Anaheim peppers (frozen)
- Nothing special, but with all the spent tomato and squash plants our compost pile is more like a compost mountain. I am looking forward to all the compost we should have come spring.
- I honestly I am not wanting for anything. I have been feeling incredibly fortunate lately. We both have good jobs. We’ve harvested 175 pounds from our backyard this year. My pantry is full. My boys are happy. What more could I ask for?
Eat the food:
- We’ve switched into serious fall/winter food mode: there’s been iced sugar cookies, butternut squash risotto, baguettes, and blueberry bread.
Build community food systems:
- Been participating more in RIPE Altadena, a local group devoted to exchanging homegrown produce (and eggs and dairy). Today I went with the boys and traded some of our homemade grape jelly for about 10 lbs of oranges + giant pumpkin seeds. Thomas and I are now plotting where we’re going to grow a giant pumpkin or two next year. The seeds we received came from the cross of two 600 pound pumpkins! I wonder how big ours will be?