Fall seems to be Fell at my house.
And it means a lot of raking.
I rake them into a big berm along the driveway, and when the berm threatens to disappear the driveway, I rake them onto a tarp and use them for mulch around the yard.
At this time of year stuff starts to die even if you are watering it.
We’ve turned off a lot of the water in the garden because the heat was too much for some of the plants anyway. A couple of rows of tomatoes have just about given up. But, a section along the shadier end of the garden still has some green fruit coming in.
The squash plant comes and goes – it just started putting out more baby fruit.
We’ve turned off a couple of the melon vines that have stopped producing, but there’s still a “pear” melon and some sort of cantaloupe.
Some things have become revived in this nice cool weather. The loofah barely hung through that hot dry spell, the little fruit that developed just withered and melted off. Now the vines seem more vigorous, and the fruit are getting bigger.
It is doing well, the clothesline is partially protected by young oaks, and the oaks also provide a stairway to the sun. I might have to get a ladder to fetch these in a couple of months.
Loofah take regular watering – not a lot, but every day. I sure hope I get some – I’m down to the last sponge I collected last year. They beat the heck out of wash cloths – when they get disgusting, you throw them away. I find they last for a couple of months each of you shake them out good after use. I just slap them against my hand a few times and set them in the caddy.
It’s been so pleasantly cool, despite the poor air quality from the fires, we’ve been leaving windows open longer and staying outside more. Trying to get that last touch of Summer before she leaves us begging for more.