We've had a whole week of gray skies, rain, drizzle and humidity.
Finally, the sun came out today.
I almost put my face right into this spiders web.
I had sown some lettuce last week and it actually came up.
It's funny. I'm not sure I want to bother with a fall garden. Even though we're still in the mid 80's, I think it's too late in the game to get a harvest out of anything that I'd plant right now. I'm sure the lettuce can turn around quick enough and the carrots have been in since August so they have a head start. Plus they can over winter in the ground.
I guess I was hoping to try for some cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and collards. But these plants take so long to grow. To even hope for any kind of harvest though, I'd need to have a hoop house and Mother Nature on my side. I'm just not feeling it.
Heading into October in the 80's is weird. Yes, it could imply an Indian Summer, but it's more likely that by the end of October we'd still have a frost and then I'd have wasted my effort (and expense) on plants that aren't going to give me anything back.
So I've decided to just "scrub it". No Fall garden this year other than the lettuces and carrots that are already in.
This may not be a bad decision at all, actually. We've got "double digging" and fencing to do and with our poor quality soil, I'd rather invest my time tossing organics (leaf and manure) in the garden to help try and establish a "bitchen" soil for next springs garden.
(Edit: I forgot to mention that I'm researching cover crops too. Why not? Any recommendations for a zone 7 cover crop?)