Friday, September 30, 2011

the weather is a changin

Fall is officially here in the South! Tonight and tomorrow we are going to be very close to frost temperatures and we will be lucky to get to 60 during the day. The last couple of days, I have been harvesting and pulling the tomatoes. To be honest, I was entirely sick of the tiny toms but was sad to see the regular ones come out of the ground. I now have a couple few gallons of tinies to do something with, two five gallon buckets of green tomatoes, and a nice pile of ripe ones to work our way through or preserve.
The only plants left in the summer gardens are a zucchini, two peppers, one big tomato, herbs, zinnias, and some tobacco that I will fetch and hang tomorrow. The fall plantings are doing rather well although very slow to grow due to the extreme weather we have had until now. Things are starting to look pretty naked and drab around the place, at least until the leaves start changing, and then, that color too will be gone. I still have a few more things I would like to get in the ground soon and we are trying cover crops on some of the beds for the first time this year. When we went to town last week one of the stores had Australian (I think it is supposed to be Austrian) snow peas at a very affordable price so we grabbed a few pounds.
The greenhouse is nice and rather full of plants and I will be adding more as I get time and space. There are peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, ginger, herbs, cabbage, broccoli, collards and other greens as well as a couple flowers and trees. It looks so very green compared to outside now. I must find a place for a chair in there so on the soon to come dreary days, I can go n get my green on.