It’s fine for tomato ripening, but a little too hot for me. We are seeing temperatures of 89 to 90 in October this year- I sure hope this isn’t our Indian Summer! Funny how I feel all lazy when it is this sort of midsummer weather, and how a brisk normal October day can be so invigorating. I just need to shake off my habitual response and remind myself of the time and the short season to finish up garden chores.
Haven’t seen any of the usual fresh cider yet. Plenty of ‘pasteurized’, which changes the flavor; but nothing of the good old fashioned kind. But then it was a bad year for the local apple crop due to that late frost we had this spring.
More of the fields lay bare and the harvesting, while still underway, is winding down. A farmwoman I know said the corn crop was good if the area got rain, not so good in places where rain was scarce. It was patchy this summer, with my own area getting sufficient rain for decent crop production.
The farmstands are still selling sweet corn, but I’m not sure where its from. Whatever crops are standing look all dried out and beige, My neighbor farmer put the large field near me all to hay, the first time that’s happened since I’ve lived here!
There were fresh figs in the Whole Foods store, so I bought some, Brown Turkey and Black Mission. I’m going to pick a bunch of my tomatoes tomorrow and have a tomato salad. I think I will try the spritzer salad dressing on them.
I sort of let the containers go in the heat and dry weather. They are definitely over, so I should clean them up and pot up some things for inside the house. I would like to save the geraniums to have starts for next year- they were a good red color and I have some that are special varieties ( ok just one or two). I also need to check on my new hydrangeas- they really flop if they get dry, and I may need to pull the hose over their way and give them a good drink!