Summer melted away. It happened overnight, I guess. The daily temperatures have been moved down considerably for the next 10 days. Yesterday, we were still flirting with 90 all week. Today, it rained. About 2pm, the bottom fell out. It came a good soaking rain for over an hour. It's been raining on and off since. More in the forecast tonight means that the soil will be damp enough, deep enough for my fall crops. We've got a monthly accumulation now of nearly 8 inches of rain. Most of that has come in the past week. I'm a very happy camper. I might even sow some cilantro seeds. How optimistic is that?
So that's where we stand. With nighttime temperatures in the 60s, seeds that like those cooler conditions will germinate. Tomorrow, I need to prepare a couple pots for my cabbage, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. I'll probably direct sow my spinach. The last of the tomatoes may be pulled too. I've already got 15 quarts in the freezer from my mom & dad. There's another 15 waiting for me when I go home again. I'm set for the winter.
It's 73 degrees and spitting rain. Maybe I should sow some coneflowers too.