Signs of Fall around the farm include big piles of pulled out flowers (sigh) and long lines of greens taking over the hoophouses. Always have a hard time pulling out the last of the annuals and the bees aren't too happy either, since they are still busy getting pollen for the winter. Luckily we have plenty of goldenrod and asters around the pond. I've seen two praying mantis this week - one of my favorite creatures along with the great blue heron out mousing in the cover crops. Weeds are still growing, so Ernie was busy the other day finding the lettuce and carrots, with Trooper "helping" of course. Troop is 5 1/2 months old now and getting big! He's turning into quite a mouser himself. And leaf chaser. And hole digger. We've got a lot of gorgeous lettuce and plenty of spinach coming in. Kale, chard, mustards, and arugula are looking good too, and hoping the weather turns cooler. It was 120 degrees in the hoophouses last hot spell - too hot for anyone's liking.