There has been a subtle shift in the weather the last few days. It has become less ‘summery’, and more like fall. The high temperature today is forecast to be only 80F, with a low tonight of 51. The change is welcome, but we still need some rain. The latest front has gone through with not a single drop. We haven’t been able to buy a good rain all summer.

Still, hope springs eternal, and I have been busy planting for the fall and winter. I’ve got broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale and turnips planted outside.

turnip seedlings

Inside the greenhouse beds, I’ve got cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, chard and lettuce. At least rain isn’t an issue in there!

lettuce seedlings in greenhouse

Another thing falling this week was some trees. We called in Randy’s Tree Service to take down our elm that had succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease. They also removed a weeping cherry that borers had gotten, and a small clump of non-bearing American Persimmons that were in the way of other trees and kept sending up suckers all over the place, especially in the main vegetable garden where they competed with the veggies.

spot where elm used to be

And even though Joyce Kilmer wrote that only God can make a tree, Randy and his crew took down the giant elm in less than two hours. Now all that’s left is a pile of sawdust where they ground out the stump. I could barely stand to watch the whole operation. It will take some time to get used to the new look of the back yard.

elm dust

And that is all I have to say about all that.

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