Thursday, September 30, 2010

An excellent addition to the kid's garden.

New seeds are always a crap shoot. Will they grow? Will they be a hit?

Last year's carrots and lettuces in the kid's garden weren't a hit at all. The tomatoes and chives were. This year I added pink radishes and a different type of carrot - the Tonda Di Parigi. The radishes were a huge hit (they *were* pink after all). But the carrots? Surprisingly, they were a hit also! The perfect size for little hands to dig out, even when there wasn't a shovel around, and the perfect size for a fast nibble - and so sweet.

If we can nab some of these next year, we will.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall weather.

It means it's seed collecting time.

I'll have enough to share this year!

Another batch of calendula petals drying.

Somehow we only have lavender zinnias right at this moment. Strange.

(and they're not lavender, I'm told. "THEY"RE PINK!" Okey-dokey.)

It's chilly enough to dress for it.

Well, sometimes.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First freeze of the year.

Last Sunday evening. It was so cold. Ains and I were alone for the Labor Day weekend and we picked up my niece to stay with us for a week. It was this cold ...

Chores were done fast. My niece was frustrated that it looked like she was in for a week of freezing, windy, cold weather - not good for horse riding.

The next morning I walked through my garden and mourned my squash plants.

But it was a warm, non-windy day. Perfect for horse-riding.

We've had two hard freezes since then. Our last freeze of the 'spring' was a month past average and our first freeze was two weeks before average. Short summer.