Friday, September 8, 2017
Most of the remaining broc is used fresh in meals here. But, I always let some keep maturing to yellow flowers. There are bees that flock to the broc flowers in late fall, long after most wild flowers have gone by. Have to save some for the bees.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Saw the leaves at right hiding among the greenery.
Now, these are kind of pretty. But, I need at least another month of warmer weather to get the rest of the garden into the cellar. The garden went in very late due to the wet spring. A lingering fall would be helpful. Forecast says 42 degrees tonight.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Given we're rebuilding, the layout is changing to one that makes it easier to mow, and gives winter squash vines more room to grow.
The beds in these pictures are 6 ft wide and 65 to 70 feet long. They will sit this year, and some of the winter squash will be here next year.
In the two smaller beds I turned and planted this spring (not pictured), fewer weeds came up than in my regular in-ground beds. That was a surprise. Maybe the seed rotted? I'll have to try this again.
August is string bean season. I have blanched about 40 pounds of beans for the freezer. But, we got a new chest freezer recently, so next year I may do more. They are so much better than frozen beans from the market, in the winter.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Monday, December 26, 2016
We're out of hay until we start haying next season.
My sister Cate sent us a "pet blanket". We've always kept old throws around, but according to our 21 year old cat, this is better. He is pretty much living under it now.
The bird feeder has been filled, steps sanded, stove wood brought in, and a mid-day hot meal consumed. Lots of snoozing going on here in the quiet. I think I'll make some banana bread.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The first view is from the parking area looking toward the kitchen gardens.
The second view is from the parking area looking toward the hay field.
The last picture is looking over part of the kitchen gardens toward the wooden garage. One of the nice things about a veggie garden is that it is new every year, so the view changes a little. But the trees blew blew over, I couldn't see this garage from the gardens.
Update on the great tree clean up:
- George did most of the chain sawing.
- We cut everything to 4 or 8 ft lengths and stacked away for future use. The smallest diameter 8 ft lengths worked great for holding down row cover in the kitchen gardens this year.
- I cleaned up all the branches except for 2 piles. Piles were left in various places for wildlife habitat.
Monday, April 11, 2016
|Underside of cedar|
Usual stuff mostly: no power for awhile; I worried about the veggies warming up in the freezer; and family members said things like "Wow" and "Hear that?"
In the morning, I glanced out the kitchen window and noted "several trees down".
If we hadn't had such sodden ground combined with all that wind and rain, the trees would probably still be standing.
A friend commented later that day: "You people got very lucky last night." Yes, we did.
The trees missed all buildings, vehicles, and farm equipment. One missed the hay barn by less than a foot.
|This one just missed the hay barn.|
Wow, they are both scary and cut wood like butter.
|These trees are lying in Vegetable Bed #1.|
Saturday, December 12, 2015
|Some of the onions in storage|
George and I put up extra hay. Thanks to everyone who bought hay from us! They hay is crucial to keeping the farm going.
After the hail storm, the kitchen plots came back better than one might have hoped. The unusually long growing season allowed some plants to recover.
There are plenty of onions for winter. Some winter squash hit by hail developed rot spots. But, once the plants recovered, new squash emerged.
There are lots of packages of string beans, sliced summer squash, and broccoli florets in the freezer, along with bags of hot peppers, and a small bag of processed horse radish. George keeps advocating for more peppers and horse radish in the food.
I kept a few sugar pumpkins for cooking experiments.
Fresh carrots and potatoes are in the root cellar.
Three varieties of garlic were planted this fall, and George asked if I wanted more raised beds made.
Looking forward to next year!