Pulling up garlic. Harvesting seeds. Scything long grass for winter bedding. Just the usual farm chores as fall starts to push out the end of summer. Being outside most of my waking hours and relying on observations and learning of weather helps make you feel the subtle shifts in the angle of the sun, day length, and air quality/feeling/smell just a little more. And with a few back to back nights of hard frosts before the latest heat wave, it all lets me know that sweater weather is just around the corner.
The next few weeks will be filled with seed saving and prepping for sale (it is more than just pull it off the plant and stick it in a bag), building and designing more wreaths, barrettes, and willow crowns(!) filled with dried flowers, and planning for 'construction season' on the farm (aka fall/winter) as it's the only season I have the time to repair and build old and new hen huts, organize tool storage, maintain all the equipment, and inventory anything that needs to be replaced.
It's also the time I prefer to plan out the plantings for next year as the triumphs and failures of this year are still fresh in my mind and I don't have to worry about the winter days making me wistful for the green of spring and forget that some crops are beyond my reach in my cold, little valley (I'm looking at YOU corn!)
So while I save seeds today, I can already imagine the plants they will become tomorrow!
If you need a change of view for an evening, sign up for the first Gracious Dragon Farm Tour & Dinner, Saturday August 29th at 5pm. Your first chance for a guided tour of the farm with a wonderful meal prepared by Gracious Table chock full of produce from just a few feet away. Keep an eye out for another email with full details and feel free to ask me about it at the markets!
The seeds are coming along nicely with the Bee's Friend, Calendula, and Bachelor Buttons being some of the fastest to reach the finish line. Now Instead of keeping up with harvesting a rush of blooms, I run around catching seeds before they fall and get lost in the ground!
What's available this week?
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.