summer into fallAs with every season, there are things we like and things that aren’t our most favorite, in regards to Fall.  If you spend any time on Social Media, you know that there are memes galore extolling the virtues of all things pumpkin spice. I am here to tell you – I don’t necessarily buy into that craze. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, nor pumpkin spice English muffins, nor pumpkin spice cheese cake. On the other hand, I have always enjoyed pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes (a Halloween tradition in my family), and cold pumpkin pie for breakfast. Recently, I added Culver’s Pumpkin Shake to my fall list, because it was amazingly delicious and is made with actual pumpkin. Other than that, the craze is falling flat with me. What other things crop up for us in the fall? Likes? Dislikes?

windIf you’ve spent any time reading the blog, you’ll know that WIND is a major dislike for us. Although it’s been rather mild, to date (except for the horrible night when the RCW was toppled), we are truly in the windy season. As I type this, I’m hearing the wind rush around the corners of the house and I am hoping that it doesn’t blow all night long.

fall maintenanceFall and Winter Maintenance – it’s rather neutral, I suppose. Sue enjoys having projects that keep her occupied, but – as we’ve already discussed – maintenance is never ending. Today, again, Sue did a ton of maintenance jobs. One of the biggest is on the permanent coop. The siding has been bowing out – especially the boards along the bottom. So, she’s had to take them off, clean the crud that’s blown in and wedged itself in there, screw it back on… instead of nailing it again; the nails just aren’t doing the job, and then tomorrow she’s thinking of just running a bead of caulking all along it to help keep it more weather tight. If we have wind and rain, it blows right in along there and dampness is something you want to try to keep out of the coop as much as possible. The garden hoses always seem to begin to fall apart about now, probably because they’ve been out in our tough sun all summer. Now is the time we begin to slowly replace them. We didn’t get around to the goat shed this weekend; we were both feeling a bit dragged out, but we did make it up to Huachuca City to check on a trimmer. He was fresh out, but gave us a lead on someone who may have a couple to sell. Sue’s left him a few messages, but so far, no joy.

img_3517.jpegSetting out the winter garden. This shows up in the “like” column for me. I truly enjoy working in the garden. Today we set out some of the winter garden greens that we’re going to try to keep going for the chickens. We only planted the one quadrant today, we might add more in the coming weeks… depends on how much time we have. I was rather frustrated today because the drip line is clogged something fierce and I can’t figure out where it’s stuck. Until I have time to take it apart, we’ll just have to hand water this section. That’s what I mean by depends on how much time we have — if I can’t figure it out rather quickly, it’ll be too cold to try to start planting anything. We certainly don’t want to water the entire garden by hand! Although, for me, that’s relaxing.

RenderedImage (2)Pumpkins. OK, yes! I really like pumpkins. I love all the different types of pumpkins there are; the pie pumpkins, the large jack-o-lantern pumpkins, the beautiful Cinderella pumpkins, and the little white boo pumpkins. I love cooking them and making all sorts of yummy treats for us, or making pumpkin soup with sausage RenderedImage (1)and sage. Or just cooking them up for the chickens to peck at. They LOVE to eat pumpkins; squash of all types, really. I’m sharing these comic book rendered images that I took today for my admin at work. That’s her pumpkin from halloween that the chickens are enjoying. They’ll get another one, from my desk, after Thanksgiving. Plus, we have a huge ugly one, left over from Halloween that no one wanted to carve, but they will definitely enjoy eating!

img_3521.jpegAdding fall color to the gardens is another fall “like”. Mums, marigolds, zinnias, pansies, johnny-jump-ups. I like planting them all! I especially like them if they are self seeding. Then we get to enjoy them again and again. Marigolds are wonderful for that – the flower that keeps on giving. Today I added some johnny-jump-ups to the gabion garden to brighten it up as the summer veggies start going to seed on us. We also began our fall bulb planting this weekend. We planted corms, bulbs, and seeds for some summer cutting flowers and also planted some bulbs that mom sent for saffron crocus. Her’s took a year to start growing, so I’ll be interested to see how well ours do. They are a fall blooming flower, but we might not see them until next year. Sure would be cool to be able to harvest saffron!

Other things that the fall days will find us doing: pruning trees, planting trees, up-potting some of the trees in our nursery, more fence and/or coop maintenance, covering citrus trees to protect them from the wind and freeze.  These are all great projects to do over the thanks pumpkincoming months. We’ll also begin prepping the garden for spring and summer plantings. Gotta figure out what the heck is going on with the drip line. As we get involved in these things, and begin to get them done, will we share our progress with you? You know it! Until then, as always~
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Today’s Weather: The morning started off rather chilly, at 43°, but warmed up to 83° by the afternoon. Currently, at 7:30 p.m., it is 62° with 35% humidity. Our overnight low is predicted to be 42° and tomorrow’s high only at 78° – that’s been wrong for the last four or five days running! Our sunrise was at 6:39 and sunset at 5:26.

Egg Report: Saturday – zero goose,  zero duck, 17 chicken. Sunday – zero goose, zero duck, 17 chicken. Monday – zero goose, zero duck, 17 chicken. We’re holding at 17! Let’s see how long we can keep that up! The Banty’s are helping us reach those numbers, they are giving us a pretty high percentage, considering their hen to egg ratio. The oldies are really falling off; today we only had 4.