Susan and I are not unhappy to see October coming to an end. Starting with 2 lovely weeks at Ocracoke island for our annual escape, it ended with the rapidly declining health, and passing, of Sue's mom, and continued health challenges for my mom in Florida (likely heading for nursing home, from assisted living), providing a challenge for my brother and his wife, who are handling things so well.
But that's life, isn't it? Life is a patchwork of ups and downs, joys, tears, calm stretches followed by unexpected crises. We can't enjoy the good times if we don't experience the emotional challenges. Still, a November without quite so much t
As for what's next with regard to gardening....I've heard from Storey (my book publisher), and the editing process should start soon. There are a very few eggplant and peppers pending seed saving, but the garden is essentially kaput. I've got some tender perennials to bring indoors. If I can get my act together, I hope to seed some pots of lettuce and greens for growing over the winter (for both us, and my daughter Caitlin, whose tomato plants live on!). Then comes assessing the 2013 garden season (including the Dwarf tomato, ornamental hot pepper and Islander derived sweet pepper projects), and planning for 2014 - for my own gardening, the Dwarf project, and our seedling sales.
And so, as the holidays and cooler weather approaches, I am once again reminded that gardening is a full year pursuit; when not actively growing or digging or weeding or harvesting, there is plenty to do in the reflection and planning areas. I will share progress with you as it happens.