|Look for Blessings & You'll Find Them|
Warm Days, Cool Nights
October is the quintessential transitional month as temperatures fluctuate from balmy to chilly. The beauty of a warm sunny day is all the more precious as we contemplate the imminent dark and cold. Let us take time for revelry, both in the garden and in the kitchen. Enjoy the last of the tomatoes, peppers, and beans, while welcoming wintry squashes and pumpkins. Try a different assortment of apples or pears from the Farmers’ Market. Take advantage of cooler weather to set small chard and kale plants out below the fading zucchini leaves. Check out the glorious October sunsets.
Home gardeners might want to make some notes this month about which plant varieties worked well in which areas of the garden this year, and which didn’t. For example, after growing the world’s tiniest beefsteak tomato (barely one inch) in full sun, I’m ready to give up on that variety, at least if I continue to grow my tomatoes in large pots. Making notes now will save time and brain-power when it comes time to plant again next spring. You might also take notes on any unusual weather events and which month they occurred during the summer, since these could have an impact on your garden.
|Pyrocanthus Berries Ripening|
One more gardening note for tomato-growers: I’ve heard from several sources this year that green tomatoes can be ripened in the house when frost threatens, or when tomatoes stop ripening as sunlight decreases. Simply wrap up your tomatoes in newspaper, put in a paper bag, and store in a dark place. Check their ripeness periodically. An old man with a big garden told me that he stores his under the bed and has ripe tomatoes in December. This might be an exaggeration, but it’s worth trying out! As we harvest our last fruits and veggies of the year, and as some of us plant our winter gardens, let us pause to give thanks for our bountiful harvests.
Basil (end of season)
Italian Herbs (end of season)
|Classic Fall Aspens|
Mint (end of season)
Pinto Beans (fresh)
Strawberries (a few left in coastal CA)
|Honeybees Still Active this Month|
Garden Swiss Steak
Baked Cabbage (with tomatoes)
Apple Stuffed Delicata Squash
Buckwheat Stuffed Zucchini
Ginger Peanut Green Beans
Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce (freeze)
Baked Tomato Sauce (freeze)