But half the basket season still to go! Indeed, this week — Week 8 — marks the midpoint of the official 2011 growing season, even though the end of summer is just around the corner. The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked last week, our late season tomatoes are ripening on the vine, we’ve picked our watermelon already, the corn harvest is in full swing, and our first squash (spaghetti) is ripe for the picking. Morning and evening dews are heavy, dawn is a bit later, dusk a bit earlier…all signs of summer drawing to a close. End of season soccer tournaments, school supply lists and one last road trip echo nature’s prelude to Fall.