Is summer over yet?

It's been quite a while since I last posted, thought that fall was here then 100 degree days prove that that was just wishful thinking.  Notice Col. Sanders below taking a little dip.  September was pretty hot around, it was tough watching the plants that I had worked so hard to raise from a seed wither under the intense sun. 

Lots of Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed this year, we raised a few. 

The last harvest, even found a carrot that I planted last fall.  The only pumpkin that I grew came from TPW's compost.

 Along with the garden and fruit trees I have also been planting alot of native plants.  The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden has an awesome plant sale for the entire month of October, quite a selection.  Put in 24 plants, lots of different Salvia, some Trichostema lanatum, and a couple of Matilija poppy.  Have to find plants that don't need a lot water.   Got two new chickens, 1 Barred Rock and 1 Blue Andalusian, the older girls have been either brooding, molting or the heat has shut them down.  Not a lot of eggs recently.

Put in spinach, lettuce, onions, garlic, chard, a few pepper plants are still in from the summer.

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