Today I'd like to share with you some of the
preparations I'm making for fall.
Here in the Yukon it's upon us and the temps are dropping
and the colours changing.
The garden flowers are starting to fade,
although some of the heartier ones are still
looking vibrant and lovely!
The ducks have started to gather together.
The squirrels are fluffing up their nests
and the mice are looking for warm places to
live for the winter.
I'm not going to be sharing my home
with them though.
I have been doing a bit more canning.
I made tomato soup, salsa
and banana jam.
Now I've since learned that banana jam
doesn't last long so I won't be making a huge
amount of it to store.
It sure is delicious though!
I've pulled out my sourdough starter from the fridge
and woke it up to make more
delicious sourdough breads.
This loaf I baked in my dutch oven
and then listened to the delightful
crackling sounds as it cooled.
The colours are starting to creep into the green.
Down close to the water's edge the scrub birch are starting
to show their lovely hues.
The bear berry leaves are brilliant red,
and some of the Labrador tea have gone a bit orange.
The timber berries are bright orange now with the lovely
The sap in the trees is running again...but down to the roots.
In places you can see these fun little drops
on the evergreen trees.
Now is not time to be tree hugging...
unless you want to be stuck to one.
The fungi are abundant this year and
as we tromp through the woods we discover their varied
and interesting shapes and colours.
In the garden the rhubarb is starting to show off it's bold colour
letting us know that it's done for the season.
The garden is finishing up it's growing and with the cooler temps
and this year with the rain it's not doing much more.
Some root veggies will stay for a few more weeks
and the potatoes if I can keep them from getting
For the beans and lettuce, tomatoes and squash
it's time to finish up the last of the harvest and
prepare their soil for winter.
I learned from a wise permaculture friend
that the soil needs bedding down for the
winter as well.
To help the bacteria and micro organisms that
help our plants grow to overwinter well.
I'll be adding some extra compost and soil
as a mulch.
I personally love the fall.
So this time is just a time for doing new things,
enjoying new smells and new tastes.
I bought a pumpkin patch candle...
and it's time to start making pumpkin spice bread as well.
Then there is the lovely season for starting to drink the tea
from the herbs that I've been harvesting all summer.
This year I've been blessed to have some
chamomile, mint, yarrow, calendula, sage,
spruce tips, fireweed, and red raspberry leaves.
Do you love the fall?
What kinds of things change for you in the fall time?
Love and Prayers,