As I write this, the porch doors are swung wide open and the fresh air of the day gently breezes through the house. It is hard to believe that it is October. It was 19º yesterday, This mild weather that we have become accustomed to could easily change though, it wouldn't be unusual to drop by 10º if the direction of that breeze switches from south to north!
In preparation for this shift in the weather, October is the month we'll put most of the garden to bed for the winter and begin the retreat indoors to enjoy the comforts and joys of our fireside.
The long spell of mild weather and the 'Indian summer' that September provided, has resulted in the garden still being alive with growth, colour and the buzzing of bees.
The Squash have taken over much of the garden, whilst the winter cabbage are establishing their ground. The greenhouse that Micháel built, is proving to be a very welcome addition, the lettuce is looking and tasting great and the Wild Strawberry plants that I picked up this month through Galway Plant Swap appear to be enjoying their new surroundings.
Mushroom's keep popping up everywhere in our little wooded area. The Chamomile and Mint offer various wild and wonderful options of concocting beverages', the Cornflowers are drying, in preparation of becoming eye compress sachet's - I can sense a busy time ahead concocting in the kitchen and crafting by the fireside - Oh the pleasures of wintering!
I now realise that October is the month to stock up the Pantry with garden fare: Pickles, Syrup's, Chutney's, Relishes', Sauce's and Jam's. All the summer tastes, full of goodness, that will keep us motoring through the winter days.
I already sense a nesting occurring within myself in preparation for the dark evenings ahead, my mind is beginning to wander from the garden and outdoor activities to preparations indoors - Making and crafting and creating a cozy space for us all to re-charge.
My October Garden To Do List looks something like this:
- Keep a close eye on the Squash and harvest when ready.
- Tidy the garden and put some of the beds to rest for the winter.
- Stake the tall brassica's: Brussels Sprouts and Purple sprouting broccoli.
- Order Fruit trees.
- Sow over-wintering Garlic.
- Apple Pickin' and Saucin'.
- Hallowe'en decorating!