Maybe there are enough to fry green; I'll eat the orange ones.
I ate a couple on the spot, dirt and all.
I tugged the rebar posts out of the ground and put them away. The stick cross pieces I tossed along with the vines and the rest of the Tithonia I pulled up nearby. Next month I'll be ready to scatter larkspur and California poppy seeds where the Tithonia grew in the adjoining bed. I did not save Tithonia seeds, counting on the seeds that fell to know when to emerge late next spring. They always do. The bed in the picture has Verbena bonairensis on the front and the north end now; Verbena on a Stick is a great reseeder. In early spring I can count on wild yellow Corydalis to bloom there.
The makeshift tomato trellises just after I finished in June.
I left two Tithonia that have sprawled on the lawn and two young ones at the end of the rock wall bed. Bees and a few Gulf Fritillaries were still working them as if to say, 'Please, just a few days longer.' I think I know how they feel with frost coming.
I fertilized my cabbages, broccoli and kale yesterday. They need some red pepper flakes sprinkled around to discourage pets' digging. Maybe a little pine straw and some pine cones liberally added too. Pine cones are a good deterrent and they break down in just a year adding humus.
Are you ready for winter?