Monday 29 October 2012
Friday 26 October 2012
Tuesday 23 October 2012
|Plymouth Rock Barred Hen
|The ladies gathering to see what I am up too
|Columbian Wyandotte Hen
|Buff Orpington Hen in the Nesting box
|The mornings eggs
|Plymouth Rock, not too pleased with me removing eggs
Have you ever seen a chicken blink? No you say...well neither had I until I noticed a film over the eyes of the hens in some of my photographs earlier this year. Check out the photo below of the same hen pictured above.
Monday 22 October 2012
Saturday 20 October 2012
Friday 19 October 2012
Thursday 18 October 2012
Monday 15 October 2012
Saturday 13 October 2012
It looks like the end of the peppers, most of the tomato plants have flopped, the Kale & Swiss Chard is defiantly standing. It will be interesting to see what else comes back to life, most of the herbs were hanging on the the ground except for the sage & rosemary. My fall peas looked a little sad, I am hopeful they will perk up, they still need to pod up and they have tons of flowers on them, fingers crossed. All in all I am not that disappointed to see the garden wind down, my pantry and freezer is full and it's time to put the garden to rest. Today, is garlic planting day, once done with that I will pile all the compost that my rabbits have been producing this summer onto the raised beds and say goodnight to them until next Spring.
Time for brisk Autumn walks with dogs, warm stews in the slow cooker and fires in the wood stoves, Autumn is my favorite of all seasons.
Friday 12 October 2012
The, 'Things my dogs have killed post' back in 2008 has a new addition, ruffed grouse. Yep, Hope decided to do a little Fall hunting in the yard.
Saturday 6 October 2012
Friday 5 October 2012
Thursday 4 October 2012
Wednesday 3 October 2012
Tuesday 2 October 2012
One of the huge successes for me this year was the eggplant, from the six plants we started from seed I have so many eggplants that I cannot keep up with them, sad to say a few have gone straight from the vine to the compost heap. I would plant again next year, but 2-3 plants will be plenty for us. All the heritage peppers and tomatoes that were not eaten fresh have gone into canning or the freezer, any that were left on the vine too long went to the chickens, those girls love them some tomato!
Fennel also thrived this summer in the garden, I let a couple go to seed to add to the spice jar, nothing was wasted on the fennel, what didn't make it to our table went to the rabbits, they are crazy for the wonderful anise taste of fennel, I had no idea.
We learned a lot this year, mostly about limiting the number of tomato plants in a bed, the heirloom varieties need room and a couple of them completely took over the garden, I know we have missed a lot of tasty tomatoes that were hidden in the middle of the bed, either I didn't see until too late or just couldn't get to without destroying the plants around them :-(
I learned to love Kale! This plant is amazing, most every seed germinated in the Spring and I still have a bed of the Spring Kale going strong, I harvest it every week and use it so many ways, everyone has heard of Kale chips by now, they are wonderful, I have grilled it on the BBQ, blended it into morning smoothies, wilted and added to salads, topping for pizza, into soups, it makes a lovely side dish when wilted in butter or olive oil and tossed with a little balsamic vinegar. My favorite way to enjoy is to make a Kale Pesto wow! Toss with some fresh pasta, a few cherry tomatoes and you have one amazing dinner.
This years drought & heat made gardening a little more challenging then anticipated having to get out daily and water. It didn't do any favours for the lettuces and greens like spinach, arugula or corn salad, much went to seed or was too bitter to really enjoy, my rabbits think I planted it mostly for them. Early potatoes were wonderful but I lost my late season crop to the weather, stressed by the endless heat and lack of water then the skies opened, blight set in and that was the end of the potatoes. Again, I learned some valuable lessons on potato growing and look forward to doing better next year with a little more planning.
I have one last thing to plant this year and that is garlic, my bulbs have just arrived, I need to get them in this month, there are not many vegetable plants that do best when planted before our Canadian Winter.
As much as I am looking forward to relaxing indoors this winter after a very busy, labour intensive summer, I know I am going to miss walking out to the garden, pulling a fresh tiny tomato from the vine and popping into my mouth, you just cannot beat that.