Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
The forecast was for 34 degrees and the clear, cold evening felt like a frost was on the way. Picked most the tomatoes just in case.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
I've been drying flowers and now these leaves in the barn too. These first got a quick rinse before drying and now they are on my table in the house.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Here's a link to their spa day & other pics post
And be sure to check out this sheep post
Actually, they well poo'ed the pastures, but sheep poo doesn't accumulate much by itself when they have lots of room to roam (except for by the gate). The straw used in the loafing sheds did, though, and it has been my compost/mulch of choice. I experimented and found wool makes a decent mulch also. The old bales of alfalfa I tried this summer were ok, but alfalfa doesn't seem to break down as well as straw and it's getting a little slimy in the rain.
We'll miss you!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
The orange and white striped pumkinettes had already been harvested and most have found homes with friends. These are the volunteers I posted about here and here. I don't know what variety they are. I do see them for sale in the grocery stores now as decorations.
Mildew had overtaken most leaves on the small orange Snackjacks so I harvested the remaining ones yesterday, washed them and put them on this table to dry. (Baking soda & water slowed the mildew on the leaves for a while, but I stopped working at it as it was about time to harvest anyway.) Snackjacks are supposed to be good for cooking, carving and have naked seeds for snacking. We will see. The smallest is under a pound and the largest is 2-3 pounds. Some have already found new homes but above is what I have left. This July post and this August post shows their earlier progress (along with the first striped harvest).
The larger pumpkins are growing in the satellite garden below: Dill's Atlantic-grown from seeds from last year's largest pumpkin, and Wyatt's Wonder - a larger pumpkin that is supposed to keep a nice roundish shape and color. They got a late start this year as we had to get the new area ready, but I'm happy to have any size. (On the left in the picture below, you can see the bean structure in the main garden next door.)Below is the pumpkin and sunflower patch yesterday. There are some sunflower blooms you cannot see in the picture, but many are now in the maturing seed stage. On the left, below, is a Wyatt's and on the right is a Dill's. These don't look much different, but most of the Wyatt's do have a better bottom for sitting, not that I mind the shapes the Dill's take on as they make for unique pumpkin characters (see the link to last year's pumpkin above)!