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Cuteness Alert

October 22, 2014

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The morning ritual – milk first, hay later.  Sorry about the flash, it’s kinda dark at milking time now.

Farm Equipment

October 21, 2014
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Farm cat x 2.

From Scratch

October 20, 2014

I bought the flour, spices and sugar, but the rest of this pie was months in the making.

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Months in the making, gone is a second!

Yep That Sucks

October 18, 2014
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Barn cat and chestnuts 1, Steller’s Jay 0.

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Tough way to add to my feather collection…

The Trouble with Greenhouses

October 17, 2014

is season extension. Or this post should more aptly be titled Rotten Tomatoes.

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Vole patrol

 

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I’m all for season extension, but I’m ready to be done.  I still need to pick the rest of the peppers, but really I need to be buttoning up this hoophouse for winter, or rather unbuttoning it.  We take the covers off for the winter, mostly because of snow worries, and partly because I am in love with how the soil is after a winter cover crop and winter weather.

So before that happens, plants, posts, trellis and any plastic mulch has to be removed, and cover crop seeded.

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Nothing like a over-exuberant gardener in the house.  I way over-planted in the tomato department.  And I thought I was done a couple of weeks ago with tomatoes.  But you know what’s worse than an over-exuberant gardener?  One whose parents went through the Depression.  I just had to look at those plants before I pulled them all and committed them to compost.  Seventy-five more pounds are sitting here today wanting my attention.  I just couldn’t let them go to waste.  Next year, I will plant less, I promise.

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The end.

Nutty

October 15, 2014
Sweet Chestnut - Castanea sativa

Sweet Chestnut – Castanea sativa

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The race is on.  It’s a rare year when the burrs on the trees open and let the nuts fall.  We have to work in conjunction with the Steller’s Jays and the squirrels to get the nuts.  They cut the burrs off, and we wait at the bottom of the trees.  Not a commercial venture for sure.  Just nutty and prickly.

Squeaking Out a Little More Summer

October 12, 2014
Calendula and Cosmos

Calendula and Cosmos

Each day the late afternoon/evening garden gleaning time is getting earlier and earlier.

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Thanks greenhouse!

 

Almost the last of summer

Almost the last of summer

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