I’m sure that at some point Columbus Day celebrated Columbus. Now it’s a shopping day. There are sales at the mall, but I’m not there. This is where I went:
I got a pitchfork, a manure shovel, a bag of laying hen feed and pasture seed. The goats have done such a thorough job ridding a corner of the back meadow of brambles and golden rod, that I’m able to reseed with a timothy/alfalfa mix. I’m pleased, but they’d rather have me plant weeds and thorny brush!
This morning there was frost on the grass. It’s the first “hard frost” of the season. It’s warmed up, and it’s supposed to be above freezing, though rainy, for the rest of the week. Still, I went out and pulled up half of my parsnips. Last year I left them in so long that they were frozen solid in the garden and I couldn’t harvest them until spring. I’ve got a hankering for roasted parsnips and carrots for dinner. Leftovers will be frozen and used for soup this winter. It’s definitely a change of seasons!