Fall has arrived with crisp mornings and heavy dew on the lawn. Part of me wants to keep gardening, harvesting the last vegetables, preserving, getting the most out of our garden, and yet, I’m also ready to say goodbye to another season, put my feet up, and enjoy a good book.
Growing food is rewarding and is never the same year to year. It can also be frustrating when the weather or pests dash your dreams. And what to do when fruits and vegetables mature all at once. The choice is give the extra away, let it rot or put it by.
The curl of a pea or squash tendril, the flower petals of my newest flower, Torch Tithonia also known as Mexican Sunflower or the little frog sitting in a curve of the Orach leaf remind me to stop and enjoy the beauty around us.
Chipmunks are scurrying around the rock walls, crying an alert sound anytime we walk nearby. Tonight an adult woodchuck scampered away as I stepped out the door. The robins nest had three hatchlings and last year’s invasion of eastern cottontail rabbits has, well, you guessed it….multiplied.
Gardeners are scientists at heart; we are always experimenting by trying something new. At our home, four years of spring violets, dandelions, paintbrushes, and various wild flowers have created an interesting experiment. Most of our front lawn is now wild during spring and summer to feed the native pollinators. When we started doing this we were curious to find out what the lawn would look like over several years and who would feed on our flowers.