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You Know It’s Autumn in the Northwest When…

You Know It’s Autumn in the Northwest When…

You know it’s autumn in the Northwest when…2009_10_06_blog_pumpkin

 Roses resemble wet tissues.2009_10_06_blog_rose

Hammocks allow for drop-ins.2009_10_15_blog_hammock

Tarps reach new architectural heights.2009_10_15_blog_tarp

Tomatoes give up the ghost.2009_10_15_blog_tomatoes

All eyes are on fresh-baked pies.2009_10_15_blog_pie

Wood is wet and tarps too few.2009_10_15_blog_woodpile

Sweet corn saves itself for an October plate.2009_10_16_blog_corn

And the leaves of summer signal winter’s long sleep with fiery goodbye. 2009_10_15_blog_grape

What I was blogging about a year ago: Turning a New Leaf on Chard


  1. Rain and rotten tomatoes! That’s what I’ll call my new web site. We can’t seem to shake off the summer except for more rain. Somehow my rye grass, overseeded for winter, is turning brown. We’ve go pansy’s out and tulip bulbs in but I’ve raked nary a leaf.

  2. I think I spotted that missing tarp atop the oars.
    Sad news was never delivered any lovelier, Tom. Even the mold on the tomatoes looks a little like powdered sugar.

  3. Oh Tom, don’t kill me but it looks beautiful! I wish we had smellavision because there’s nothing quite like the autumn aromas. I’d trade you in a blink!

  4. Oh, this makes me so sad. We haven’t had a decent fall here in Minnesota — cold and wet much sooner than expected. I keep hoping for a reprieve and a couple of 60’s (or maybe even a surprise 70!), but it doesen’t look like it’s going to happen.

  5. Tom –
    New to your blog, but saw a snippet in Sunset Fresh Dirt, and followed you across the water to Vashon.

    Regarding the sweet corn – how did you get yours sweet? We grew Seeds of Change Tri Color and the first picking was small but tasty. Left them on the stalks to thicken, but the rest of the ears were starchy. Bleah.

    We’re at elevation 30′ in Broadview, just below the Shoreline/Seattle border.

    p.s. the ketchup story made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

  6. Hi Methyl, yep corn is a bit tricky here and sweetness may depend on variety. I had good luck with Peaches and Cream, Kandy Korn, Jubilee and Bon Apetit.

    I’ve found corn to be a real water hog around here in our dry summers, and the more I watered the better the results. I watered with one good slow soaking once a week.

    Now as for the ketchup story, I have been redeemed and did make a really good batch. I told that pot of tomato goo that this kitchen ain’t big enough for the two of us, so stay in the pot. Very slow cooking is the only way to go with ketchup.


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