Things are cooling; leaves are drying and dropping; the hammock no longer serves, there being inadequate shade from the grapes on the arbor; soon it will be time to prune them and start rooting cuttings for a planting I can net against the birds.
Harvested aamonds, a variety that needs a cracker; carrots continue to grow; cardoons are re-sprouting.
Harvested pistachios, getting 41; I'll plant 40 to see what sprouts; I ate one, not bad, but less tasty than roasted; I was surprised to find that the shells crack while they're still in the husk.
I've been gathering acorns from a variety of trees, hoping to use them for shade and windbreak, if not a food-source (there's a cork oak in the nearby park I hope to beat the squirrels to some of); I have seven stone pines to set out when it rains, and soon more will be marked-down little Christmas trees for potting up and grown on for planting out next rainy season. I really want to get some trees on my open acres to reduce insolation of the soil; wouldn't mind some pine nuts, either, though I've no idea whether I'll live to see that.
I scattered the feral wheat.; the brome is ~1"; the hills are blushing green under last year's dry grass. I look forward to driving home the scenic back way, now that it's not just dry and dusty.
Went to my four nearest (good) neighbors bearing persimmons and quince; was rewarded by one with some frozen lambchops and porkchops from their organic critters; another invited me to dinner, which was far better than cold chow from my cooler.
My past helper who has often helped me find workers, called to say his brother is newly here and doesn't have an ankle monitor, so he can go to the farm; don't know yet if he wants to; I certainly hope so.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
mentally it helps me to think that now the days are getting longer and spring is coming. not that i really mind some time off in the winter to get caught up on things i can do inside. thank you. i hope your season is going well (i've not read enough of you yet to have any idea where you are at)...
i like watching water project issues in the west. the NCal situation is much better than the south.
the water issue around here the past year is that the Great Lakes are getting too high because of above average precipitation. last year for us here (we're not on any coast to worry about lake erosion issues) it was just way too much rain. no major flash flooding luckily but a lot of soggy weather. a lot of fields didn't get planted or if they did get planted they didn't get harvested. in my own gardens production did ok, but some losses due to mold are always going to happen with as much rain as we'd gotten. next year... always next year to a gardener.