It feels like it has become fall overnight. Last week I can remember walking outside and being hit with a wall of humidity and heat. Now, I’m wearing sweats, a sweater and sometimes house slippers in the morning. The passing of seasons was drastic and noticeable this year. I wonder if this apparent and rapid change in weather represents something else in our lives. Along with the rest of the state and mainland, we say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall. Pumpkin Spice lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread. There’s so many reasons to be excited for October.
 
Here’s an update on our garden — I planted these seeds about a week ago, and they have emerged out of the soil (some more than others). The cucumbers sprouts are large and in charge!! While the yellow summer squash seeds haven’t even popped up yet. It was so fun to see all the differences in each vegetable seed. Different colors, sizes, shapes, textures, and now I’m finding out there is different sprouting time, sprout size, sprout shapes and color. Once more of them start to pop up, we will transplant them into the garden with the other veggies that are already thriving. 
More than just our garden is thriving though. At the Beach Girl Jewels household, we’ve managed to not get the back to school sickness, flu, or cold. It is our daily practice to eat cultured veggies. These veggies have changed our life!! After fermenting in the cupboard for a week, the purple cabbage and orange carrots tie dye the rest of the veggies a beautiful pink. The teenage boys have learned that the powerful probiotic bacteria kicks any cold or sickness in the butt. I love seeing them reach into the fridge and pound a few spoonfuls of my special veggies.

The kids are riding their bikes to school and the surf is picking up. September is a month of transition. The hurricanes came and went with whispers of thunder and gallons of rain. Our dirt road drive way has canyons that were carved by the flow of runoff water. The grass and plants have never been so green!! Rain makes all things thrive. We thank the clouds for the constant blessing of life.
We are beginning to plant our garden! We are preparing the soil for our new plants. The soil has been turned and leveled, and all the rocks have been removed from the patch. We bought organic starts from North Shore Organic Gardening and Lokahi Nursery in Waialua. We picked up fresh herbs and some kale and swiss chard. We have been waiting for the rain to stop before we plant the starters, so they are sitting on our lanai until then. The green onions have already grown so tall! They need to get into the ground soon. Along with the starts, we will be starting other veggies and squashes by seed. We’ve saved our egg cartons and are filling each with soil and a few seeds. Once the seeds start to sprout up, they will be planted into our garden in the front yard. Maybe we’ll get a tiny pumpkin by Halloween!!
Beach Girl Jewels has been visualizing our organic garden thriving. We are excited to go out to the garden to pick veggies for salads, herbs for cooking, and watch the green beans climb up a string. The tomatoes will be beautifully red, plump and juicy. The crunchy cucumbers and perfect peppers will be so delicious even the teenage boys will want them. There’s cilantro to dress our tacos and mint to add to our fresh juices. The rosemary will be perfect to bake on chicken or to just enjoy the calming smell. This food, planted and grown with love, will nourish our bodies and ease our minds. Our organic garden will remind us of the importance of where we get our food, how it is grown, and how long it takes to get to our table and into our bellies.