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September 27, 2014

Fall colors for sure…

Those pullets are doing it again!

Those pullets are doing it again!

If there ever was a reason to eat your greens, this is it.  The pullets are dining on brussels sprout tops, spent cauliflower plants, and some tough kale leaves.  The double yolks are just because they’re pullets.  But man!  That color!

Okay, I think this is the last of the tomatoes.  The peppers are still going strong, these are for salsa.


Today's haul

Today’s haul

A little corn for the freezer.  Cut off the cob and frozen in cup size jars…perfect for soup or … and no freezer taste from plastic.

It’s tough being a corn snob, we don’t eat much corn on the cob really, once it gets slightly starchy, that’s it.  But it’s surprising what a good ingredient for winter cooking frozen corn is.  Still a little goes a long way even in a big pot of stew.  So that was my day in the garden.  What’s going on in your garden?





29 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2014 4:10 pm

    Those are the deepest, most gorgeous yolks I have ever seen! And your harvest is amazing!
    What with disease and coons, we didn’t try corn this year. We’ll have to wait a couple years and figure out how to stop coons before we try again.

    • September 27, 2014 4:30 pm

      Dogs, they are heck on coons.

      • Barb in CA permalink
        September 27, 2014 4:53 pm

        Matron, are your dogs left outside at night to protect the gardens and livestock? Are they free to roam? And do your dogs ever get injured by the wildlife?

        • September 27, 2014 8:55 pm

          Barb, yes, but they can’t roam everywhere, just the gardens, orchard, barnyard etc.

      • September 28, 2014 2:26 pm

        Thank you. Need to make that the next priority then.

  2. September 27, 2014 4:12 pm

    Your eggs look fantastic! The yolks are so orange-y red compared to what one can get at the grocery store.

  3. September 27, 2014 4:39 pm

    can’t believe you are just starting all that preserving your veggies, I have been done with mine a while, but miss doing it, but I live in the southeast part of the country.. pretty peppers, have fun!

  4. September 27, 2014 4:48 pm

    Your harvest looks great. Good for you, enjoy!

  5. September 27, 2014 5:15 pm

    Ha @ your title. We’re planting capsicums, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, bok choy and rainbow chard. We’re transplanting volunteer cherry tomato seedlings to a better area, cutting back borage and calendulas and digging up garlic.

    I can’t eat store bought eggs anymore. I’d rather do without if we have no eggs here, which is unusual. xx

  6. Stumplifter (Andrea) permalink
    September 27, 2014 6:01 pm

    Dogs on coons. . . Do they get spooked by the scent of the dogs? Are the dogs left out on night patrols? (our wisconsin coons seem to strike at night).
    As for our 25’x25′ garden, I am doing my best to honor these last months before we move from our little homestead in the city to finding our little homestead in the country. I have learned so much about growing in this little bitty space and now reaping the benefits, harvesting more than we ever have in tomatoes, pickles and beans at least, and I also have a couple of lunker spaghetti squash hanging around ripening under chicken-wire squirrel-protection. Our three big bad city dogs are no big shucks for the squirrels around here-oh don’t get me started on city squirrels- anyone know of any good recipes?

  7. Karen permalink
    September 27, 2014 6:54 pm

    Yowzha! Where’s my shades? What a fun fact that the double vision is because the eggs are from pullets.
    Let’s see… Cabbage and broccoli (romanesco) are planted and doing well. Noticed today that the snap peas are coming up. Kale and chard starts need to be planted pronto. Lettuce, spinach and carrots are next. Have some beautiful artichoke starts that I’m trying for the first time. Finally getting some cooler temps and loving it. It’s all good.
    Do you blanch your corn before freezing?

    • September 28, 2014 2:20 pm

      Karen, I cut it off the cob, and then cook it a bit, cool and then freeze. I hate blanching, cooling cobs and then cutting the corn.

  8. September 27, 2014 7:10 pm

    We still have acorn squash, corn, tomatoes, banana peppers, cucumbers, beets, spinach and leaf lettuce. Picked at least 3 quarts of raspberries today. Totally tired of making spaghetti sauce. Do sell a lot of what you grow? Everything looks terrific!!!
    We really enjoyed our visit with thecrazysheeplady and Saint Tim….today is his birthday.

  9. CassieOz permalink
    September 28, 2014 2:50 am

    Ha, we were stuck in town last week and DH decided on having a big cooked breakfast at a cafe. He moaned for half an hour about tasteless eggs and tasteless bacon and tasteless fried tomatoes. Serves him right for not waiting til we got home, lol.

  10. Allisa in Parowan permalink
    September 28, 2014 6:32 am

    Wow!! You’re eggs are gorgeous and your produce looks brilliant! I can’t wait until spring! We only just moved to a very small town in So. Utah. The gardens here are just about done. We are fairly high elevation. We bought a home next door to one of our town’s Top 3 Gardeners—Howard. He’s taken such good care of us with his abundance of produce. I’m going to plant more though in spring; and I’ll do all non-gmo seeds. Much of what I plan to plant will supplement his, since he plants potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash. I have really enjoyed the fresh potatoes! His onions are so fresh and potent, I burst into tears.

  11. September 28, 2014 6:34 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous palette…or should that be palate…of colors! We’re corn snobs, too…Our favorite preparation for corn fresh off the stalk: plunged into boiling water for 3 minutes then cover in butter and salt…and now I’m hungry 😉 Great post! Cheers, Ben

  12. September 28, 2014 7:11 am

    most excellent.. c

  13. Kristin permalink
    September 28, 2014 7:17 am

    What are you doing to get corn so perfect, Nita? Not a bug in site on the tips of any of those corn cobs.

    • September 28, 2014 9:18 am

      Clean living? Ha ha, I have no idea, but they are around, I suspect the birds keep the moths or caterpillars at bay. One year a neighbor brought her spent stalks up for the cows, and they were infected with corn ear worm, and my last planting that year was infected…so I say no to that anymore. But nothing special about the corn, except lots of fertilizer and no water.

  14. Ben permalink
    September 28, 2014 9:58 am

    Yay, you got corn! Are those the transplanted? What varieties of sweet corn did you grow?

    • September 28, 2014 10:25 am

      No, I direct seeded these about 10 days after I transplanted the flint, and it worked, the flint corn had no sign of pollen or exposed silk left when these rows bloomed. I went back to my old standby Welcome TSW. I like the tender kernels of the SE corns…call me spoiled. I used to grow Patton but it’s gone now, and I’ve tried all the others like Luscious and Bodacious and they just don’t taste right to me.

  15. September 28, 2014 11:08 am

    I think I’m going to cry now! We had one cob of corn this year, or was it two 😦 The spring was first hot and dry – no rain for a month, then cold, so cold there was snow a little further north, fortunately only short lived before a normal summer kicked in. Needless to say the corn did not appreciate that one bit. Also our pullets are not laying yet, we can’t get the eggs early enough – the hens lay early enough but the conditions mean that often the early ones are semi-frozen, not a good start to life.

    The first frosts has stopped play too now, so the squashes are finished, although maybe one or two may rally inside the greenhouse. We harvested sunflowers for the first time this year, had the first Jerusalem artichokes from the compost heap – not sure how that got there, we have others in a regular bed – peppers are hanging on in there under fleece in the greenhouse, amazingly the tomatoes are still ripening. Cutting off all the leaves as soon as temperatures dipped, seemed to have worked an absolute treat. Normally we have pulled all tomato plants at the end of August or early September. This week we will get the rest of the apples in, if they are not frosted, fodder beets, red beets, carrots and any remaining beans that have been overlooked.

    I must look up what you do with the Brussel Sprouts, I know you have mentioned it before. No doubt the chickens and maybe the alpacas will appreciate them.

  16. September 28, 2014 1:44 pm

    Did I tell you, I like your food too? 😉

  17. September 28, 2014 5:27 pm

    looks like you could plant your corn a little closer, both in-row and between rows. With it fully kerneled like that it means that there was extra nutrients. A little unfilled at the very tip is what I’m aiming for this year.

    • September 28, 2014 10:15 pm

      Or good pollination. Why wouldn’t you want all the kernels, especially for feed value?

      These spacing works for me, easier to weed when corn is planted in hills, same number of plants per row but more space between the hills. Easier to harvest too when it’s done, I can grab a clump and cut it, instead of going to individual plants. I’m gardening by hand mostly, so that makes a difference compared to a huge field of corn.

  18. September 28, 2014 6:38 pm

    Beautiful harvest! Slightly jealous (okay VERY jealous)! I know you work hard in your garden, and you earned all of that with the sweat of your brow.

  19. September 29, 2014 3:47 am

    those yolks are totally technicolor! Amazing. I once did a side by side comparison with my eggs vs those from the store… promptly got a double yolker, too. It is such fun when the pullets start laying!

  20. September 30, 2014 4:37 am

    If you are unable to keep dogs outside for raccoons an electric fence works great. Use portable electric netting. If that is to expensive all you need is a fence 1 foot high with a strand at 6 inches and one at 12 inches. They can’t get over or under it.

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