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California Dreaming

It always shocks me to find seed pods in early August.

It shouldn’t, of course.

But that’s the California Girl in me.

Seeds shouldn’t happen till fall, and fall doesn’t happen till September. That’s the way they do it in California!

While I was in the Finger Lakes, my cucumber vines withered and died. I can’t figure out whether the constant rain caused them to get moldy or whether their season was just through.

The Brussels sprouts are coming in, the basil is still going strong, and the peppers are fruiting. Not a lot of peppers, though: I think they prefer less humid heat. I have a few watermelons! And the collards will flourish till the first frost cuts them down, but I’ve eaten all the collards I want to eat for this year. Next year, I’ll mix up the greens, do turnips and beets, too.

I staggered planting the tomatoes so while some plants are dying, others are just starting to fruit. I’ll have fresh tomatoes through late September unless there’s a cold spell.


If this were California, I’d be planning a second phase garden. Beans, probably. Lettuce, carrots, radishes. Stuff that would grow through October.

It’s not California.

Funny, but I’ve found myself missing California dreadfully the last couple of days. Seeing flashes of random street scenes. So vivid that I have to blink my eyes hard to make them go away! Always Berkeley. Though the Berkeley I see is a Berkeley that hasn’t existed for years and years and years.

Transience is particularly hard to deal with when it’s raining out.

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Aug. 11th, 2018 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's hot and smoky in California, but the peppers in my garden are thriving!
Aug. 11th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'll bet they are! If you want really hot peppers, try acidifying the soil with a few coffee grounds.
Aug. 11th, 2018 05:45 pm (UTC)
Transience is particularly hard to deal with when it’s raining out.

Heh! So true, so true...
Aug. 11th, 2018 06:30 pm (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2018 06:34 pm (UTC)

You could plant lettuce and spinach and cross your fingers that we don’t get frost until October. A couple weeks of fresh salad not to be sniffed at.

Aug. 11th, 2018 07:10 pm (UTC)
I could, but the Farmer's Almanac is predicting the first frost hereabouts around Sept 21.
Aug. 11th, 2018 07:52 pm (UTC)
I was in Berkeley twice this week. California is a wonderful place, and it breaks my heart how much it's burning these days.
Aug. 11th, 2018 07:54 pm (UTC)
The New Normal, I'm afraid. Climate change.
Aug. 11th, 2018 07:55 pm (UTC)
yep. :( it's worse every year.
Aug. 11th, 2018 08:03 pm (UTC)
Transience is particularly hard to deal with when it’s raining out.

One of your brilliant "suck-breath" lines. This is either the first line or the killing line in a short prose piece.
Aug. 11th, 2018 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh! Thank you for understanding what I want to say. :-)
Aug. 12th, 2018 03:29 pm (UTC)
Where are you from in California? I was born and raised in Napa. I have found myself missing Calif lately, too. However, I know I can't afford to live there any more. Napa is nothing like it was when I grew up, hardly recognizable.
Aug. 12th, 2018 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm in the same situation. There is absolutely no way I could afford to live in California.

I was actually raised in NYC, but I spent most of my adult life in California—first in the SF Bay Area and then in Monterey.

I know Napa very well.

Edited at 2018-08-12 01:06 pm (UTC)
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