My October garden is rather brown this year. The drought is a contributor but certainly not the only one. I didn't plant as much and the irrigation is stalled. Extensive mulching cut back on oxalis and fumeria. There are natural ends of cycles such as the cocooning of the black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars and the ripening of fennel seeds. There are also artificial ones: mistakes and lessons.
One mistake is impatience. We moved soil from the front yard to a container in the back yard. I was in a hurry and didn't sift it that day. What should have yielded purple potato, kale and squash has instead fed a crop of rolly-pollies. Gardening can't be rushed. This is a hard lesson which will likely be repeated in different forms throughout the years. I see it in a neighbor's yard, also brown, where her dependence on chemical fertilizer has toxified her soil for most annuals.
What is growing at the moment are the evergreen citrus trees, the lavenders, asparagus, and a handful of kale and chard volunteers. Lettuce and parsley are coming up along with some peas. In the non-edible realm next season's foxglove, calla, and cal poppy are growing. There are also weeds to keep after: grass, wire weed, burr clover, dandelions and more I haven't identified yet.
There is a lot to do before the rains start.
- Finish the brick path
- Pull up corn and quinoa stalks
- Harvest amaranth and pull stalks
- Sift potato planter for rollypollies and oxalis bulbs
- Prune suckers off lemon
- Scuffle main yard
- Prep back area for container
- Plant fava, peas, kale, chard, onions, garlic
- Relocate strawberries to asparagus bed and finishe mulching