Autumn Equinox, Fall Sprouts

Since the 22ndof September was the autumnal equinox, today it can be said to be fall.  It was a glorious day, the sort that the Washington area gets throughout October:  clear skies, low seventies and low humidity.

The pollinators were out, here on basil blossoms.

I went by the Plot Against Hunger garden the Cornell alumns helped plant last week to water it and see what was coming up.  So far, we’ve been very lucky.  Only one broccoli plant has been eaten by a small critter.  The rest appear to be doing well, though the cabbage and bok choi don’t seem quite as vigorous.

I think the corner may be too busy with pedestrian and vehicle traffic to be comfortable for the rabbits.

The peas are coming up along the fence.  Note of interest:  I soaked the peas we planted overnight in water.  I did not, however, soak enough and we planted some of the dry peas.  The peas that got the soaking are about an inch and a half high.  The peas that were planted dry are just breaking the soil.  The spinach is also sprouting, looking like little two-leaf grasses, but the carrots, always a bit slow to sprout, will take a little longer.

These sprouts are from the peas that were soaked in water overnight before planting.

In my own garden, I have peppers, lots of basil, parsley and cutting celery, and an abundance of eggplants.  I have just found a recipe for baked, stuffed eggplants I think I will try, but tonight, I’m going to grill some of them, thinly sliced, with a marinade of lemon, garlic and olive oil.  May you eat as well!

In case you’re wondering, those are two different varieties of eggplant.

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