November 3, 2014
Our first frost date is October 20th (zone 7b). The temps have held off for awhile but this week, we had our first frost and last night we got down to 30.
I knew, with how life is, that whenever the first frost was predicted, I would not have time to do anything in the garden that day. So I have been stripping the tomato and pepper plants and cleaning up the garden for the winter for the past couple of weeks.I have filled the wagon about seven times…
Tomato/Pepper patch cleaned out:
And half of it covered with manure from the coop (darker mulch on right & light mulch in front both from the coop):Our L-shaped volunteer tomato patch and all of the tomato plants in the raised beds and pots were cleaned up as well. I harvested all of the peppers and tomatoes.The peppers were chopped and frozen while the tomatoes are ripening on the counter.Other harvests this week include…
PeasA few beets randomly popped out of the ground on their own. I juiced these and froze the juice and pulp (separately) until the rest plump up. We drink the juice and use the pulp to make blueberry/beet pancakes.
Kale and Raspberries… Every once in a while we are able to harvest a bit of spinach and lettuce. I’m not sure why most of the seeds did not germinate. We are thankful for whatever we get though 🙂I am happy to announce we were able to harvest strawberries this week! Our strawberries are everbearing strawberries. However, I have not seen any flowers or anything and as our first frost date is quickly approaching, I figured I may as well cover the strawberries for the winter.
I prepped the area this week by making sure all of the weeds were pulled and what do I see? Strawberries! It was a pleasant surprise, for sure 🙂We also were blessed by our neighbor this week as he allowed me to harvest some baby kale from his garden. He also allowed the children to pick some pecans from his tree. They needed to dry before we could open them. The children have LOVED breaking them open with rocks and eating them as snacks. We don’t eat snacks at our house so anything out of the garden is a treat 🙂 This past week, they have been playing campout. They have been eating peas, pecans, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and wild onions. Love it! 🙂
If only feeding them was that easy all the time 😉 We love eating from our garden! Here is an example: Sweet potato, green beans & kale from our garden. Only one pecan made it on the plate as the rest were eaten right before supper. We also had baked beans but I took the picture before serving those since they are not from our garden 🙂Are you harvesting still or prepping your garden for the winter…or both, like us?
Check out what others are harvesting over at Daphne’s Dandelions!