Sunday, September 18, 2011
This is a wonderful time of year, when the golden "Fall Gold" raspberries produce their second crop, with even larger and sweeter berries than the summer's crop. The espalier apples and asian pears are starting to become ripe, and even some grapes are ready to pick. Today I was able to bring in this harvest :
My absence of posts this summer have not been indicative of the time spent in the garden. I have been fortunate to have spent quite a bit of time in the garden this year, although never as much as I would like. During the week I work, and even with taking Fridays off this year, I have spent most of my Fridays doing laundry, tidying and cleaning, attending to various errands and medical appointments and such. So most of my gardening has been in the evenings (while the days were longer) or weekends.
Today I spent 3 hours tackling my hillside, which is difficult terrain, and full of challenges :
This summer I started to climb the hillside to remove some blackberry vines which were shooting up from above my Gunnera (top right), very high on that hill. On my first attempt, I discovered that the wasps had a nest in the ground, and was fortunate to escape (I didn't know I could run that fast!) with only one sting. I have tried 3 times to eliminate them with wasp killer, and this last time, I finally was successful. (I probably would have left them alone if I had any other way to approach that hillside, but it is getting too difficult to come from above.) So today I climbed up, but after removing about 4 wheelbarrows full of weeds and plant material, I still hadn't climbed all the way up to remove all the blackberry vines. So that will need to be another day.
This year was the first year I planted my giant sunflowers in the small "kitchen" / herb garden outside my kitchen window. So it has been fun to watch them grow. Although all their bright cheery faces are pointed in the other direction, I only see their backs from the window.
I think I will do that again. There is good sun in that location, and I like the result.
I hope you are all enjoying your gardens, the fruits and veggies and flowers, the fall colours, the tidying up and preparing for winter. It never ends, but that is what makes gardening such a wonderful pastime.