Today is sunny, windy and chilly. The forecast today for the high temp is 52 degrees. Presently, it’s 50 degrees. High wind warnings are in effect for daytime hours and a light frost is expected for Litchfield County in the early hours of Monday morning.
I feel loathe to accept the cold and frost which marks the beginning of Heating Season and the end of Growing & Harvest Season.
I ordered 100 gals of heating oil which won’t be delivered until Tuesday morning. The oil in my tank is so low I’m going to have to do without heat until that load of oil is delivered.
The day I ordered the oil the Five-Day reported that tomorrow the low temp was expected to be 35; the frost warning was added this morning. The day I ordered the oil was on a day that was unseasonably warm and I was wearing sandals. After I made the call, I commended myself for ‘ordering ahead’ and for being ‘well-prepared.’
I’ve picked the last of the tomatoes and broke down the parent vines. Some of these tomatoes are almost full grown; there are many the size of large and small marbles.
I have no idea what to do with all these green tomatoes. I’m waiting for Inspiration!
I have friends all over town who are eating the green tomatoes I gave them last week. I wonder if they’re as tired of fried green tomatoes as I am.
The parent vines are now in the process of turning into compost. In my heart I thanked each and every one for their service and for giving me such a bountiful and tasty crop.
Up until May ’14, I’d never heard of Mexican Sunflowers. I bought the seed package because the flowers were so brilliant. I was looking for a flower that would draw bees and I wasn’t disappointed; the bees were all over these flowers for the past 3 months. I was also hoping the brilliant red flowers might draw humming birds but I didn’t see any, to my disappointment.
I’ve picked a few large bouquets of these flowers to enjoy inside and to spare them from Frost.
For the past ten days I’ve been cutting back the canes that have no more berries on them as I pick from the canes that are still producing. I estimate that by now, I’ve clipped 2/3rds of the total patch. There’s probably 35 or so berries left to ripen. I hope the Frost doesn’t kill them.
These tiny pumpkins are the offspring of last year’s jack ‘o’ lanterns. By the time I went to buy my jack ‘o’ lantern pumpkin last year there were only 2 pumpkins left and those tiny eating pumpkins, better suited for soup or pie than a jack ‘o’ lantern. So, I had 2 tiny jack ‘o’ lanterns. The ‘innards’ all went into the compost and 2 of the seeds from those pumpkins turned into vines this spring and produced more pumpkins for this season. The first vine produced 2 pumpkins and then died. The 2 pictured are from the 2nd vine, which is still producing flowers. For today, anyhow….
Putting a garden away for the winter is a bitter-sweet occasion, with a longing for the warm and sunny days that have been and a dread of the cold and dark days ahead. Looking forward to the next garden is hopeful and sweet, even though we’ve yet to have our first frost and then our first killing frost and so much winter to get through.