I wasn't remotely prepared to get in the fall mood, although I love all that Autumn holds, cozy warm sweaters, steaming mugs of Chai tea, the earthy smells of fall mulching.
I'm thinking I still have time to scratch off a few fall "to dos" on my list. These few tips might just get my noggin aligned with the season. And if by some chance you're feeling un-fall like too and in need of a nudge, read on.
- Garlic* If you will be planting a fall vegetable garden, have fun, the offerings of most seed catalogs are wonderfully laden with varieties for the home gardener to choose from, but in my opinion, none are as un-negotiable as the plump cloves of my favorite garlic for seeding. A few braids of garlic store well for months in the pantry, or dehydrated and ground into powder, maybe roasted and preserved in olive oil. Garlic is a must have, AND the health benefits are too numerous not to consider that there may be a tad more fair weather yet to get next years harvest into the ground. Ever use garlic oil for earache or as an aid in healing an ear infection? In a pinch I will place a freshly sliced piece of garlic into my winter sensitive ears. Very soothing. LOL on the mental picture, but I said soothing, not lovely. More garlic love here.
- Compost* Right now is the perfect time to replenish your composting system with an influx of garden debris, green, dried and brown, all will feed the soil food web now for deep, rich, garden goodness in one year. Where to start? More compost love here.
- Pantry* Yep, mines a mess as usual from tossing in stuff willy nilly all summer. But now is the time to whip it into shape by organizing store bought staples, home preserved staples and by rotating expiring items to the front of your pantry queue. Be resolved to incorporate them into your menu to avoid waste. And do I hate waste? You bet I do! What to do with that random can of tomato soup you dug out the dark recesses of your pantry? Epicurious is a great place to plug in that "can of whatever" and come up with an interesting recipe, one that might prove to make you the queen of culinary magic in your home. While we have our pantry prowess thing going on, be mindful of family preparedness and add few consumables yearly that keep really really well long term. Check out my little experiment to learn more about this pantry must have.
Oh! before I forget, the promised lollygagging report.
Lazy days on the banks of Panther Creek and a farewell to Summer.
Hello Autumn. I think I heart you.
What's at the top of your list of fall "to dos"? I'd love to know!