Tuesday, November 30, 2010
There is something new about this harvest Monday. Can you guess what it is?
:-) It makes me happy. I'm trying to get into the habit of weighing my harvests now. I figure I'll write the weights but not tally until January. I'll start fresh with the new year.
Yes, that's right I am STILL harvesting a ton of these little Tabasco peppers. This batch is destined to make some vinegar with. A present for a relative or two that uses it on greens. *cringe* I do find it odd that I like spinach and such but can't stand greens.I brought in 2oz of snow peas (just enough for a stir fry) I harvested 12.9oz of tomatoes:
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wanna know what I found?
Excuse the pics, and the lateness. I didn't really harvest much at all. I took a large amount of beans and other plants out over last weekend so it's a light harvest. A handful of green beans and a handful of snow peas is about it.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
But today the coconut telegraph is wired - the bird is the word, man! Word is coming down that our property is holding an impressively large herd this year. Top that with a record number of piglets born to the wild sows and you got - well you got 5 people REALLY excited about putting in a alot of work and a lot of long hours in the stands.
Last year this large record holding old old buck was living with the herd on our land:
Anywho - Some unknwon (not local land owning) hunter (read:TOURIST) took my buck. He was dubbed 50 cent - you know 'cuz it's a picture of only 1/2 a buck... *snicker* yeah well dry as it may be it's MY sense of humor. Check out that gnarly notch out of his ear. kewl... I'm really hopin' and a prayin' that this bucks obviously wonderful genes now live in the new years generation. I'm anxious to see this seasons yearlings to see if any of them have picked up the traits he carried. He was massively muscled, extremely fit and we could use a few racks like that around our place. Are we hunters? To a degree but when it comes to deer we are herd managers. We pick and choose very carefully what till stay and what will be taken. Barren 2 and 3 year old does must go to make way for the furtile.
It's hard to sit at work knowing full well that there is so much to be done.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Apparently I fell down on the job a little this weekend. I'm missing 2 harvests. Nothing major though. Here is what I did take pictures of, including my first pea of the year. Last year my peas petered out long before I could harvest. So far I am standing at a whopping 21 peas. WHOOT - go me. HAHAH!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
And then it dawns on me. I’m crouched down with a flashlight in hand and it’s flickering on and off as the batteries are fading. I’ve smacked it around and jiggled it but like it or not it won’t work much longer. See, green beans were requested as a side dish on the way home from work. And as I stumble over the hose laying like a snake in waiting to strike as I pass - it dawns on me….THIS is why I don’t usually garden in the fall. Because I leave in total darkness and I return in total darkness.
Nevertheless I WILL prevail this year. At least for a little bit longer. I’ll have to formulate a plan that will allow me to only tend my garden weekly but as temps steadily decline the plants will need less intervention. The plants will not set as much nor as often and the weeds shouldn’t go insane in just 5 days, right? I feel incredibly guilty leaving what is ready to be harvested hanging on the plants for that long, I really do. Actually it feels somewhat like dropping the kids off at the grandma’s for a week when I am not leaving town. I am hoping that this goes well if nothing else for a learning experience that will leave me better educated for next fall’s gardens.
So for now I’m trying to rush home at least one day a week to beat the sunset and be able to tend my veggies, and doing most of the work on Saturday or Sunday. Mr. Garden fairy- please don’t let the caterpillars go rampant on my ‘maters. I only have 4 bushes left!
This weekend it’s me and the dirt. Well, actually it’s a wedding and loading a trailer and picking up the newest toy PLUS 10 bags of humus and that isn’t nearly enough but it will get part of my project under way. I’m thrilled I will have dirt under my nails again soon, it just feels right.
‘Till next time!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Anywho.....This week brought plenty but the weather has changed dramatically. We've had record low temps all week and some areas near us got frost. My bell peppers got hit really hard and the last of those peppers shriveled before they could be saved. :-( Some of the beans have also commited suicide. It looks like only a couple more weeks before things dwindle down. I left the tabasco peppers on the plant this week. I didn't want to deal with finding them a home or finding a way to use them. Maybe it will encourage the plant to quit producing quite so many peppers!? I hope anyway. I love the little peppers but they are too hot to use in any large quantities. Heck 6 little drops of my homemade sauce is enough for a whole batch of salsa! LOL. The lemon peppers and such are more my speed. Their heat is more like a small Jalepeno.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Here's my harvest for the week! THanks to Daphne for hosting Harvest Mondays - get over there and check out all the harvest from all over!
A couple people have asked what type of pumpkin it is and I'm going to tell you! Yes I am! Its....Iduuno. THAT's RIGHT! Iduuno! This pumpkin either hitched a ride in with my Jarrahdales. pie pumpkins or wtih my Jack O lanterns! It has characteristics of none of them. Definately without a doubt not even related to a Jarrahdale, possibly a crossed Jack O Lantern or Pie but certainly not what I thought I'd planted. Oddly enough I don't even care. Much like the 'determinate' tomato that is towering well over 6' and still growing as long as it gives me something - it's all good!
So adding to the harvest this week- Lemon hot peppers, Jalepenos, a sickly tiny butternut squash(the only one!) some black beans and not pictured yet again the lemons and limes used right off the tree.
I'm more than thrilled with this weeks harvest. The beans are delectable and the family is requesting more and more. The garden I am happy to report is glad to oblige. ;-)
'Till next time