Homestead, Fall Edition

November is my second-favorite month, next to the month of peak spring that spans the end of March and beginning of April.  What I love about November is how everything begins to get quiet and the natural world seems to take a deep breath with a long exhale before settling in for winter.

This year, the quiet settling of November has a different meaning because of the hard physical work Mike and I have been doing on the property over the last six months.  This past weekend, we finished up all of our major outdoor projects, which feels like a relief.  We’re closing in finishing the garage remodel.  Needless to say, we’re ready for a relaxing winter.

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End-of-October tomato beds.
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The last of the tomatoes with dahlias from Post Street Farm in Santa Cruz.
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The last of our greenhouse basil.
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Future flowers.
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Tulip & Daffodil bulbs, ready to be tucked in.

I successfully started romanesco, arugula, and Chinese cabbage in the greenhouse.  Wood rats ate the chard & the perpetual spinach seedlings, so I direct seeded some and covered the bed with fencing to protect the seeds from getting scooped up by birds.  We’ll see if they germinate.

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In a year when our stone fruit, apple, and pear trees didn’t produce their usual bounty, the Fuyu persimmon tree gave us more fruit than ever before.

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This coyote bush has gone to seed, producing a breakfast buffet of seeds for our resident birds.
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Searching for a place to make a cocoon and metamorphosize.
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What fall looks like on the floor of a redwood grove…don’t worry, we raked it.
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We put up lights to make the dark nights brighter.

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