September garden update

It has indeed been a while. The days here are still hot, but the angle of the light has shifted to fall. I haven’t been writing much on this blog, in part because… I’ve been writing elsewhere! Specifically, on a vintage typewriter, as a way to a) focus and b) combat the impact of spending so much time on a screen for work. TBD what the results of that will turn into. I have some thoughts, but they’re early-stage.

But. I miss writing about gardening, and I miss reading other people’s blogs about gardening! So here I am with a six-on-Saturday update (for other gardeners’ Six posts, head over to The Propagator’s blog).

Meanwhile, here’s how things are in my garden! With a focus on things that seem particularly relevant to September.

The ceanothus is making it through! Thanks to some good advice from Barbara Eisenstein over at Weeding Wild Suburbia, I’ve been giving it just a bit of summer water, specifically early in the morning on cooler days, and not too often. It is looking much less struggly than it was a couple of months ago.

The mandarin orange, on the other hand… I don’t know what to do for this mandarin orange. Clearly it needs water, but I’m not sure if the drip system quantity and timing are just insufficient, or if it’s got root-rot. In one case, I should give it more. In the other, less. There’s also the complicating factor that the pomegranates are on the same line, so if I increase the time here, I’m increasing the time on them too, and the fruit might split… Aargh. I’m planning to poke around it a bit today and kind of see what I can figure out.

More citrus! The navel orange, in contrast to the mandarin, is looking ridiculously happy. Just look at all those nice green oranges. Should be great in maybe January or so.

A couple of weeks back, I planted my fall vegetable bed. I was determined to give it the best start I could, so I leveled the ground, redid the sprinkler system (switching from drip lines to misters), and dug in a couple of bags of fertilizer / compost / general-soil-improving-type-stuff. So far this is looking good! I’m going to thin & weed later this afternoon.

Malabar spinach. An experiment. So far, delicious, pretty, and with any luck a perennial that keeps on giving. I’m increasingly aiming for edibles that do not need re-planting every year.…

These flowers, part of a ‘beneficial bugs’ mix that I enthusiastically sprinkled around my vegetable gardens, were a total win. Love the colors. My idea of planting them in the vegetable beds, maybe not so much. Live and learn.

That’s my garden these days! Happy September to you.


And … it feels wrong to post this on September 11 without mentioning something about September 11. Twenty years. I don’t know what to say, but just… September 11.

Question: if you blog on WordPress, what do you use to actually write your posts?

Hello there. It’s been a while.

I’m thinking about – just thinking, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! – of blogging a bit more. And this causes me to realize: I vastly, vastly, and I mean vastly, dislike WordPress.com’s block editor as a place to actually write.

So. If you’re reading this, and you blog on WordPress, I’m curious: what do you use to actually write? The block editor? Something else? Do you write in some other program, and then copy/paste in?

Separately although perhaps relatedly, I’ve been writing a bit more in general. It could even be said that I have a plan. I also have a lot of opinions about software, some of which I may post here when I’ve had a chance to give them a bit longer of a try.

Meanwhile, in the outer world, it’s beginning to feel like fall. We’re back to watching smoke warnings here, but so far it’s not too bad. I planted my fall garden – more about that later! – and I’m contemplating how to help a struggling citrus tree. The baby quail have grown into teenagers, and the baby lizards are a bit larger, but no more clever than they ever were about avoiding running directly under my gardening boots in search of shade. So far I’ve avoided stepping on them, but it takes real effort!

If you’re reading this – I hope you’re well! Till later, take care out there.