Fall is here with somewhat cooler weather, but still some gorgeous days to spend doing outside things.
It’s that time of year again, where kids (and a lot of grown-ups, too) think about costumes, candy and scary places to visit.
Look for the scarecrows to show up in Key Center soon, created by businesses, organizations and individual volunteers. It’s fun to see the wide variety of original work.
Meanwhile, a new Haunted Forest plans to open Sept. 30, on South Vaughn Road. Ghosts, witches, werewolves, a giant spider with web and a bright-eyed dragon that breathes fire will try to chill their visitors.
Grand Farms, 17616 So. Vaughn Road, is the destination from 6 to 11 p.m. for $12 admission. Groups of six or more get a discounted price. It will run Friday and Saturday nights, regardless of weather, through Oct. 29.
Oct. 1 is the annual Farm Tour for the Key Peninsula. New locations and activities add to a day of family fun. Admission is free, with food and beverages for sale at some places.
A good place to start is the Information Center at Gateway Park in Wauna to pick up maps and directions, plus take a hayride, check out the huckleberry cleaning machine and let the kids enjoy some crafts.
However, your personal tour can start at any one of the 10 sites, perhaps including enjoying a pancake breakfast at the Key Center fire station from 8 to 11 a.m. and watching firemen demonstrations.
The Key Peninsula Civic Center’s fundraiser, Flavors of Fall Gala, is Oct. 8 this year. The title is Flavors of the World, with a variety of tasting pleasures as well as the auction, featuring “experiences” as well as many other items. It’s always a sold-out event, with tickets selling for $50 per person.
Blues & Brews Fest is another offering from the Civic Center on Oct. 29, featuring S.A.S.S. and SCJK. Tickets are available at Sunnycrest Nursery, Blend Wine Shop and the KP Civic Center. Food bar and 7 Seas Brew will be available.
Key Pen Parks sets up its All Hallows Eve Celebration on Oct. 22 this year, with haunted hayrides, a flashlight hunt and a costume contest. It’s free admission and special s’mores treats.
Meanwhile, a public service event, a Candidate Forum, will be held at the KP Civic Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. This is sponsored by the KP Business Association, KP Community council, Key Peninsula News and the Civic Center.
Here at home, our garden is slowing down but still producing until frost. As usual, one of the discussions is plans for next year: what do we want more of, what shall we cut back on, and reminders of which crops should follow other ones. Corn where peas grew, for instance, is a good rule, but not always followed.
We’ve learned to definitely not plant the same crops in the same places, and in some cases, the experts recommend six or seven years before a crop is replanted in the same space.
An older cousin in England demonstrated his rotation on a visit long ago. Since he lived in town and couldn’t have a compost pile, he dug a space, put his fresh compost in the ground and covered it over with soil from the next space.
When planting, crops that liked fresh compost went in right behind his last “dump” and those that didn’t like it were the farthest away. His spade stayed in the garden where the next compost was to go.
A circular garden, with lawn in the middle and shrubs including beautiful roses along the fence, it worked very well for him.