Fall in the garden is often bittersweet. While I am looking forward to a bit of a break from physical gardening, I already miss biting into a freshly picked tomato still warm from the sun or popping out to the garden to “shop” for dinner. We are still reflecting on the successes and failures of the season (more success than failure on balance) but I can’t wait to start next year’s seed/plant list and order some seeds and anticipate the onslaught of seed catalogue season with great gusto. I have saved a lot of seed also, but I’ve learned you really can’t have too much seed. :)
The most exciting thing in the garden this week is that the purple sprouting broccoli has finally sprouted. Hopefully it’s hardy, I’m going to attempt to winter it over. We may only get a sprout or two before the real cold weather arrives. It takes up a lot of space and it was sitting firmly in the unsuccessful column before, but If it survives the winter I’ll give it another year.
Some other photo updates.
The birds have started an allotment garden of birdseed in one of the flower gardens.
The cold frame was put together and put into action. It was a little finicky to put together but I’m pleased with it so far.
I finally got a (not great) photo of the new bird living in the cedars. Fairly certain it is a red breasted nuthatch.
The garden has been overrun with baby squirrels this month. The timing seems strange but they are adorable.
Digging is nearly done on the new veggie garden – this will be the vertical squash garden which should be interesting!