I want to say something so embarrassing about September that even the leaves start blushing and turning red.” ― Jarod Kintz,
Because I prefer to be outdoors and find reason to be, I am ever aware and appreciative of the seasons and their offerings. So now we are in the season of Fall, and it is cooling off some and the rain is more often, the leaves are showing promise of the red side of the color wheel, and the scents of the trees after a good rain are pure pleasure (assuming you don't have allergy).
We still have some produce working in our garden (I spoil us with my farming skills - ha ha) but the season is ending. Still there are peppers, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, potatoes, tomatoes, and the occasional zucchini that can be picked and enjoyed, or put in a sack and stored for later. The apples and pears that are grown on the property are all done and eaten but for three little apples (aka snacks). This year was a bumper crop and so sharing was a beautiful gift of that harvest. I do love apples. Thankfully, there are plenty of store bought options for apples since apples are harvested in the fall and so they are fresh and crispy. October is the definition of Apple in my book. No matter how old I get, I will always have a Halloween party that has a tub where folks bob for apples!
Putting the garden to rest is an activity that makes me a little bit sad. It is necessary though. Fortunately, it brings a free work out that can be fun, is full of unplanned calisthenics, so it is like a free gym and health spa AND it provides feelings of joy and accomplishment.
Fall is the perfect time to plan for next year. Plant some trees, I recommend ones that produce food. Get out in the dirt, divide your favorite things, and spread them around. Take in the late sun and enjoy the warm on your face.
And prepare for winter. The leaves will have stopped falling and blushing and will be needing the rake. This is the next season's very best garden exercise and healthy activity and winter chore that will earn a good stew! That is when those turnips, rutabagas, beets, and potatoes are going to be dinner.
Enjoy your fall :)