HELEN LANG: The weather is changing, almost time to bring in potted plants

There is a change afoot. This morning, for the first time since spring, I felt I’d like a sweater to put over my shoulders

Something wonderful is taking place on the kitchen counter, right beside the sink. There is a soup bowl with two pieces of living plant material in it, soaking in plain water, and they have both rooted!

One of them is a fiberous begonia called “Freddie” and the other is a piece of the stem of a cactus. It’s a sort of miracle, don’t you think? The only soil I have to plant them in is not very appealing. It came out of a large sack of “potting soil” suitable for maybe an ordinary geranium, but not really for an exotic begonia or an equally exotic cactus!

Surely, after doing something so remarkable, they deserve the best I can find locally, and soon! They need more nourishment than water can provide. I suppose I could add a few specks of some chemical fertilizer I have, just to show them that there is a hope of better things to come.

Another glorious day today, but there is a change afoot. This morning, for the first time since spring, I felt I’d like a sweater to put over my shoulders. I wish my big son would come over. A couple of big pots on the balcony are pretty heavy for a senior citizen like me, and he could probably lift them both with one hand tied behind his back!

They need to come inside before it gets much cooler at night or the shock of the changing temperatures could cause them stress, which they would be sure to show me by shedding a few leaves, turning others yellow, and just generally looking sad and neglected.

Do pick up a copy of Farm Fresh, the guide to local producers of fruit, vegetables and wines, generally available at Peninsula nurseries.

It tells you where to go to get whatever your tummy desires in the fruit, vegetable, meat, honey and wine markets, and it’s all local, which means it was grown or produced locally, not imported from somewhere many miles away.

Always buy locally and eat fresh farm produced food. Long live the farm and bless the precious farmer!