Once I got here house from three weeks in Brazil earlier this week, I used to be anticipating (and kind of hoping) that the Pacific Northwest could be winterish already. With the backyard all dormant and harvests utterly executed, the gradual duties of cleansing up spent vegetation and all of the gardening infrastructure (trellises, stakes, twine, and the watering timer system) can start.
However virtually the one winterish factor in my yard are the peach bushes, which have really misplaced most of their leaves. They need to reply extra to dwindling daylength than temperatures.
However not elsewhere within the backyard – whereas the winter rains have arrived in seasonally regular quantities, we haven’t had a single frost but, and the backyard is essentially lush, inexperienced, and nonetheless producing. Think about that this November 13 morning I picked a bowl-full of scrumptious raspberries. Combined with plain yogurt, hulled hemp seed, and drizzled with honey, they have been like a mid-morning, mid-summer snack.
Or how about my chiles de árbol, nonetheless leafy and ripening, producing what for me is a 10-year provide.
My Nicotiana alata remains to be blooming and being delightfully aromatic after darkish.
The artichokes ‘Inexperienced Globe Improved’ that I sowed this spring are trying mighty lush. And have a look at that volunteer nasturtium within the background!
I didn’t have time to cope with the large crop of ‘Fuji’ apples earlier than my excursions started in late September, however there are nonetheless many salvageable (and scrumptious) apples on the tree, although the Different Thrushes and Starlings have already began digging in.
The brassicas that I sowed in late July are maturing fairly quick, and I needed to squish a Cabbage White caterpillar on certainly one of them.
Broccoli ‘Jacaranda F1’
Brussels sprouts ‘Groninger’
Cabbage ‘January King’
I used to be a bit involved that it’s been so heat, my carrots received’t go dormant and supply me with scrumptious roots all winter earlier than they bolt. I planted 4 varieties, and this one is ‘Giants of Colmar’ (named after a metropolis in France very near the place I lived a yr in Germany). It’s younger (they apparently get 12 inches lengthy) however definitely large enough to eat, and perhaps winter will come quickly sufficient (we do have 5 1/5 weeks of shortening days forward of us nonetheless in spite of everything).