Wet, sinky, weedy soil

Summer is coming?

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Stormy weather!

It hadn’t rained for weeks, so the 3 or so inches we’ve gotten in the last 2 or 3 days (2.72 today) are making my garden very unhappy. It’s actually way more widespread than this, I just didn’t want to show the full extent of it that’s visible as one steps into the garden. I brought a wagon to the northwest corner of the garden to get some wood chips and was scared that it was going to sink. It’s the kind of wetness where you know better than to walk on the same place twice, because your feet will sink down several inches when you walk there again.

I was trying to dig and mulch (lol) trenches to drain the water away from the entrance to the well house, but the area I was draining to (the well-mulched northeast path) was inaccessible due to the fact that the whole path is under inches of water 😦

Standing water inches deep in the garden
Standing water inches deep on path down center of garden and along my kale bed

Fire season continues….

We have had horrible air quality and visible ash on plants, a result of the Paradise Fire in Butte County, California. Freezing cold nights. This morning they were predicting a low of 41 degrees F, and now they are saying 33. At least this time they are changing the forecast to reflect the much lower temperatures! It is currently 38 degrees and only 10:30pm. We have had eerie silence due to no wind at times. At others we get winds from the north and/or east – the kind of winds that favor fires. It/I was sad to go from late-summer to late December over the course of two days, and to have the cold continue. The smoke caused a couple of cold days, too. Brr. #ihatewinter

I guess this counts as 1st frost

The basil had a good run this year

Well, the end has begun. It was supposed to be a low of 44 degrees Fahrenheit last night. It was 38 or 39 around 7am, according to the smart speaker’s weather report (probably based on about 8 miles away on the other side of Santa Rosa). My friend across the freeway said that his thermometer read 31!!!

The zinnias don’t look too bad from the street, but up close they are mostly gone. The purple zinnias still have some flowers that are harvestable. I had a busy day and didn’t make it beyond the greenhouse and burying recent transplants between appointments this morning. Then I didn’t get out again until dusk tonight. I frantically harvested a few tomatoes, marigolds, basil, and peppers in the dark. My friend Debbie said that I could pull the pepper and tomato plants and hang them in the carport to ripen the remaining fruits. Anyone want to come help with that, lol?

Frosted zinnias

1st anniversary of the firestorm

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“Karl the Fog” sneaks over Taylor Mountain on 10/9/18

This week is the anniversary of the night the big fires in Sonoma and Napa County started (and I think some started Lake and maybe even Mendocino, but I could be wrong). Folks in the Bay Area in general have been pretty on-edge these last few days as we had hot, dry days with high winds (worse in the hills, ugh) coming from the North and Northeast – much like last year. Thankfully, those particular winds and the red flag warnings have ended.

Today KQED Radio’s “Forum” show was a live event in Santa Rosa with updates from officials from city, county, and state departments related to the fires, future altering about emergencies, coordination with other fire agencies, fire prevention, housing construction, and fire recovery in general. I am guessing that this is part 1 and this is part 2.

KQED news and the California Report have been doing some good reporting in the last year about how the fires started, the cleanup, and rebuilding. In our house, we are radio and web people- we don’t subscribe to the Press Democrat newspaper or watch TV news, so I don’t have a good sense of other coverage. Oh, this weekend there were updates about the red flag warning and the just-in-case stationing of fire trucks in the East Bay hills to prevent a disaster like the fires that happened in the past. I’ve also recently found a radio show (segment, realy) called the North Bay Report,  that has some coverage, although it’s mostly of other issues.

I’m glad that this anniversary is mostly behind us. Really glad.