The soil in my herb beds is also depleted of nutrients. We scattered some commercial fertilizer across the surface, but that's just a stop-gap measure. I need to add compost to the soil if I want to have a successful fall/winter garden.
The late summer and early fall heat has not been the only thing discouraging me from active gardening. As I have aged, my allergies have become worse, especially in the late summer and fall, and my inner ears are especially affected. Sometimes, as soon as I walk outside, my ears begin to fill with fluid, in an allergic reaction to something in the atmosphere: rag weed? cedar elm? I don't know. It's time for another re-fill of the medication my doctor prescribed, though. Meanwhile, I do what I can, and this morning cooler weather encouraged me to ignore my allergies and spend an hour or so in the garden weeding.
|Our daughter grew the poinsettias in a greenhouse class, and I've managed to keep them alive for two years.|
|Luffa vines escaping from the garden trellis|
|vegetable garden, north lot (far background, bamboo planted by previous owner)|
|Spider lilies are beginning to bloom.|
|These are the herb beds I weeded this morning. I left some of summer's basil, purslane, and bronze fennel. The fennel probably would have done better in the fall here.|
|Mist flower and swamp sunflowers are beginning to bloom (zinnias have re-seeded).|
|more spider lilies blooming near the spearmint.|
|Spider lilies coming up in the lawn.|
|ghost peppers--hot, hot, hot!|