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This weekend, we’re going to pull out the cherry tomato plants. They’re pretty much done for the season, and as the older tomatoes at the bottoms of the plants rot, fruit flies arrive, and it’s icky. So that will leave just our eggplant and heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, kale, basil, parsley, and the emerging lettuce bed. As soon as the garlic I ordered from Seeds of Change arrives, that will be planted for next year’s crop.
It’s been a great food growing season. The weather is still nice and warm – 80s and 90s projected for the next couple of weeks – but the plants know it’s time to quit. Birds are devouring all the sunflower seed heads, which is very cool. Our little red fox is still making the rounds. But I’m sure the animals also know that summer is drawing down. Soon, the soil and all its inhabitants will rest.
While all this is happening, I’m shopping for new ski gear, because like the animals, plants, and soil, I know snow weather is coming. This is going to be the year. I have a very rad new pair of royal blue Moon Boots, some new ski socks, and a new pair of inexpensive Bolli goggles for knocking around the local trails. I don’t ‘rip nar’ like the new generation of enthusiasts, but any day playing is a good day!