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The fall is always a busy time for me. That was true when I was teaching, and seems to still be true now that I am staying home. I am feeling a need for a break. The garden brings me back down from all the hustle and bustle. Come take a walk with me. See what is happening. 

The weather here in Southern California has been all over the place. One day it is pouring rain (and hailing) harder than I have seen in a long time, and a few days later we are boiling again with temperatures nearing 100 degrees. We just cooled off again, and the last two beds of the summer garden are still hanging in there. I just picked an eggplant today and have lots of green tomatoes still.

The garlic has been planted and mulched. I have four varieties in two beds and can see the little green stalks beginning to rise up above the straw. The artichokes are making their comeback. I have two new plants and can’t wait to see and taste their flowers.

My second go around with the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale is turning out beautifully. I have never successfully started broccoli, cabbage, or cauliflower from seed before, so I am feeling very proud!

Can you see that sweet potato right there at the surface? I am crossing my fingers there are a few more under the ground. These are a first for me too. I will pull them up at the end of the month.

The squash pile continues to grow. These are outside to cure for a couple of weeks. We ate our first one a few days ago, one of those buttercup looking ones, and is was delicious!

What is happening around your soil? Or pantry?