Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fast approaching Fall

If you haven't given it any thought...perhaps you should. The first day of fall is right around the corner. As a matter of fact, how does Septempber 23rd grab you?

Here's a little tidbit, courtesy of the Farmer's Almanac. The Autumnal Equinox:

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night." The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the hours of day and night are equal as the Sun crosses the celestial equator. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter.

We've been readying the raised beds for fall planting. Surprisingly we have lots of peppers still growing and the red rockets are!!! As in take your breath away and like hotter than jalapenos. We also have a few potato plants growing and a cantaloupe vine that is blooming(probably will not have time to set fruit).

My fall garden plans are :

1) To plant some lettuce, mesculen and garlic this afternoon.

2) We'll plan on picking up a few broccoli and collards plants later this week and hopefully get them in the ground by next weekend.

The weather has been on the cool side this weekend and the birds have been very active at the feeders. Lots of singing and chirping. Makes me think of ole Bob he used to say "happy little trees" but in this case I would have to say..."happy little birds" .

And oh, when Hurricane Irene blew by us, she managed to knock a bunch of green pecans off the neighbors pecan tree. I picked them up for days and put them on the porch to dry in an attempt to save them. Unfortunately green pecans don't ever split their outer husks. Instead their husks dry out hard as rocks, making them impossible to crack open. But today while gazing up into the pecan tree I was amazed to see quite a few pecans left on the overhanging branches into our yard. Seems maybe we may get a few after all....yeah!