Homestead To-Do List for October: Plant Garlic, Harvest Apples, Mulching, and More


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As we wade into fall, the green of lush summer begins to fade around us. Now that we've passed the autumnal equinox, the days begin to withdraw their light, and a more perceptible darkening takes hold. It is a season ruled by ancestors, a time to save seed, to offer reverence for all that we receive, to acknowledge that in all life there is also death.

“Fall represents the west, our adulthood, our sunset,” says Frank Salzano, a partner at Wild Abundance, a permaculture and primitive skills school in Barnardsville, North Carolina. In the fall we harvest, we start to settle down, we offer our gratitude, we feast with our family and community.”

Fall brings about a unique beauty of it's own, a fiery rush of color, a fierce and breathtaking explosion in the forest, a burst of life before the cold and dark of winter. Be sure to celebrate and savor the flavors of this time. Roast pumpkins and chestnuts, dip apples into honey, feast on wild persimmons and paw paws, and enjoy the last fruits of our growing season. It is a time to store and harvest, to put up all that we can for the long nights of winter ahead, to eat, drink and celebrate this fleeting and beautiful life.

Here is a guide to making the most of the season, created by Natalie Bogwlaker, the founder of Wild Abundance, with contributions from Chloe Lieberman and Zev Friedman. This guide to permaculture through all the seasons was recreated with the south eastern bioregion in mind.

Though abundance fades from the forest, be sure to harvest these special fruits of fall:

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