It appears that the major frost around here has not occurred. Nevertheless, I harvested about half of my basil last Friday and made two batches of pesto. I may have a little bit of time left, maybe a week, before I need to pull out the rest of the basil. No such urgency is necessary for the few carrots growing nearby; I'd like to wait until I can see the orange peeking out of the dirt at the base of the plant. We'll see what contorted shapes have developed, though the soil this year hasn't been that rocky. In years past some of the carrots appeared to have developed legs and even an arm or two before being pulled.
I've plunked down $3.19 a flat at Allandale Farm in an effort to achieve what I've failed to accomplish by seed--a fall lettuce harvest. The seedlings have been tucked away in unclaimed sunny corners, wherever the strawberry plants and the black-eyed susans haven't taken over.
One sunflower snapped over after a rainstorm in early September and I felled the other last week because it had stopped blooming. Now my zinnias have better access to sunlight. As long as the multicolored blooms keep popping open, I can handle the slow death and decline of my garden as the cold breezes and other sensations of fall become harder to ignore.