What's a 206er doing in 509 country? The adventures of a city gal transplanted to the country with recipes, gardening tips, DIY projects, thoughts about living in harmony with wildlife and observations about rural life in Pend Oreille County.
It would seem logical to think that things would slow down in October, but things were busier than ever. Contributing to the hustle and bustle was the move into our house! After living in temporary quarters for over a year, even our dogs were happy to have a permanent home again.
We also harvested most of what was still growing in our garden. Concerns about climate change aside, we were fortunate to have an unseasonably warm start to the fall season. This warm weather allowed us to harvest some last few ears of sweet corn, cucumbers and tomatoes until the first killing frost at almost the end of October. We also have a nice crop of pumpkins from our little pumpkin patch from which I made some pumpkin puree and pumpkin bread. The pumpkins also provided us with some entertainment while trying to solve a mystery - see my Adventures of Border Collies in the Burbs blog post, "Who is eating my pumpkin?"
Border Collies Tim and Hank herd up a crop of pumpkins
I also harvested and processed the cocoons from our mason bee trays. The mason bees (also known as orchard bees) are now stored safely in our garage refrigerator where they will spend the winter in hibernation. They will be released next spring to pollinate our fruit trees and berry plants.
Blue Orchard Bee
Now that things have slowed down a bit, I'll be posting more details and photos about some of our October adventures and projects in future posts!