Oct 07

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Autumn colors begin…

It is now late in the gardening season and yet, I still have peas, peppers, basil, herbs, carrots, scallions, leeks, spuds, and two types of lettuce. If I am lucky I may actually get a head of broccoli that survived the attack of the rabbits. The season colors are looking bright. It is my favorite time of year! Sunshine days with cooler crisp nights.

An evening view out back.

An evening view out back.

This year, the Autumnal display of colors has been slow to arrive and now, there is a big storm coming. Apparently, we are to expect heavy rains and high winds. At this time of the season a storm of this magnitude could cause all or most of the remaining leaves to tumble down without a chance to develop the colors more intensely.

Autumn colors along a country road.

Autumn colors along a country road.

My apple tree is looking healthier than ever. I believe the past several years of pruning helped to save this tree. I will follow up in late winter again by pruning and again, attempt the grafting process. This series of articles can explain a lot about pruning and grafting. Go read about this past year’s adventures in grafting here.

Apple tree Autumn of 2013

Apple tree Autumn of 2013

A close up of some of the fruit shows it is not perfect like you might find at the supermarket and I have said before that prefer red apples, but this fruit can be used for sauce, or cider.

The fruit is not perfect but this is part of the process of cleaning the tree up and doing it without pesticides.

The fruit is not perfect but this is part of the process of cleaning the tree up and doing it without pesticides.

An Eastern Black Swallowtail looking a bit tattered this late in the season.

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Eastern Black Swallowtail

The following three shots are of the same butterfly and I can not tell if it is a Monarch or a Viceroy. Can you?




Here is an interesting site to learn about raising butterflies. Like bees, butterflies help to ensure pollination of a wide variety of plants and flowers.


An array of wildflowers are still abundant.IMGP1550





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  1. Kathleen Haggerty

    Hello Kevin,
    My brother Kevin gave me this blog sight to look at. I am considering getting ESL certified.
    I really enjoy reading your blog and do plan on continuing. It is brilliant.
    At the moment, I am working for Glacier Seafood Company. I am a chief steward on one of their trawlers. I am changing the food completely. My intention is to remove all processed food and replace with fresh and ethnically diverse cuisine. I am developing relationships with Seattle farmers (including meat farmers) to provide the food for the fishing boat. It is challenging but necessary.

    I hope to complete this journey by the end of next year. That is when I plan to get ESL certified. If you have any advice for me or are interested in my progress at sea, please e-mail me.

    Enjoy this beautiful fall!! Sincerely, Kathy

    1. Teacher Kevin

      Great to hear from you, Kathy!
      Thanks for your very kind comments. It is nice to receive feedback about content of the blog.
      I have not seen you since my Seattle days.
      I spoke with your brother last night. They are getting snow in the Rocky Mountains now.
      I will send you a private email to share some thoughts about teaching online.
      Best regards,

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