With wind blowing ferociously outside, I decided it would be a good time to harvest my Satsuma tree. This tree is only two years old and is really tiny but was loaded with fruit. Looking outside this morning with the impending big storm, I feared that this little tree wasn’t going to make it through the storm with the heavy weight of the fruit. So I donned my rain boots and jacket for a harvest. It is a pretty magnificent haul from such a small tree. 21 Satsumas for eating, almost 16 pounds! I lost 3 more to slugs since the tree was weighed down to the ground and the fruit was touching the soil. It is nice that even on a day like today I am able to harvest something from my garden. We probably wont go out for the rest of the day so we will hunker down with a fire, s’mores, hot drinks and a puzzle.
My garden and I have taken a little break from each other. After the hustle of the height of summer, I needed a little time away. The weather changed perfectly this week to provide some cozy time inside. Last week, we had our first “real” rain in longer than I can remember. You know you are in a real drought when you have a 16 month old and she has never seen rain fall from the sky before.
The garden seems to be happy with the rain. In Sacramento, the summer season really seems to extend quite a long time. Last year I was still harvesting tomatoes in November! This year I think I will take down the tomatoes earlier though to get my compost piles ready. Yesterday I pulled apart both compost bins and made one huge open air pile. I like doing this in the fall so that I can easily turn the pile and things seem to decompose much faster this way. Plus I don’t have room for all of my old summer plants in the bins so a huge open pile is the way to go.
There is still plenty to harvest. Basil, peppers, squash, kale, and tomatoes are still coming in. I planted some fall seeds directly into the ground although I still have not fully committed to my fall garden yet. I am feeling a bit tired from gardening so I might take this season off just to plant cover crops, build up my compost piles and work on soil fertility. Sometimes the garden needs a break from me too.
Don’t worry though… I am sure we will reconcile after we both have our space.