So I'm dragging the hose around, my gardening companion has gone to the mountains this weekend to water newly planted trees and shrubs in our landscape there (he also has vegetable harvesting duties, and watering the raised beds, too). So, we're hoping for some decent rain with the cold front that's coming in tomorrow.
In the meantime, I've managed to tidy up the perennial beds, get them ready for needed renovation, change out some containers, and plant to edit the front meadow tomorrow morning (it needs it, big time). There's a group of folks coming after a Osher Lifelong Learning Gardening for Nature program in mid-October, which somehow has become the program where 'we visit your garden.'
I like to encourage people to create gardens that welcome them home -- ours does that, but we've gotten used to the mulch pile next to the garage (hmm), so it does create a bit of mild anxiety. But I'm a teacher, and sharing the process is what learning is about.
My vegetable beds in the Piedmont are doing well, with lots of nice fall greens (mustards, arugula, lettuce, and kale) in spite of a herbivore that keeps eating the leaves of my red cabbage and broccoli plants.
|harvested garlic in early summer|
I caught sight of a large Eastern Cottontail rabbit this evening as I was watering, and thought, hmm. I was blaming woodchucks creeping up from their forest den behind the brush pile, or squirrels, led to herbivory by dry weather. Who knows? All are possibilities. But I'm glad enough to share a bit, at this point, although it's getting tiresome.