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Harvest Monday

December 22, 2014

I harvested some wild onions and lettuce this week.DSC_6605The kids cracked the last of the pecans. They went ahead and planted a few so we can have our own pecans next year 😉

We don’t have a nut cracker. They go at it the old fashioned way — rocks! The two year old enjoys the activity as much as he enjoys the nuts. The chickens love cleaning up after him 🙂DSC_6606 This is the 4yo’s bowl. As they get older, their nut-cracking skills improve. We’re working on real life skills over here 😉 DSC_6607As I was getting some sweet potatoes out of the pantry this week, I noticed some starting to sprout.DSC_6601 They have been in the pantry to cure. This week, I took them all out, resorted them, individually wrapped them, and put them in the unheated, dry basement.

The box with the unwrapped sweet potatoes went back into the pantry to be used first.

DSC_6603To give you an idea of the size of these: DSC_6604That left me with four boxes of individually wrapped sweet potatoes in the basement. I have them labeled for which I want to use first, second, third, and last (the milk crate). I am hoping these will last us until the first harvest of garden potatoes, in June.

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The chickens are down to about five eggs a day. However, now that we are over the ‘light hump’, I am hoping production will steadily increase 🙂DSC_6216One thing I always forget to take a picture of is the way we use all of our berries. We eat our blueberries throughout the winter in our oatmeal, cereal, and as a raw jam (blueberries & flaxseed chopped in the food processor). We eat our strawberries as raw jam also.

I just finished ordering all of my seeds for next year. I am excited to grow more of our food each year! Are you harvesting from the garden and eating from your stores? Head over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what other gardeners are up to this Harvest Monday.

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Harvest Monday

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.DSC_5832I have filled the wagon about seven times…

Tomato/Pepper patch cleaned out:
DSC_5831And half of it covered with manure from the coop (darker mulch on right & light mulch in front both from the coop):DSC_5924Our L-shaped volunteer tomato patch and all of the tomato plants in the raised beds and pots were cleaned up as well. DSC_5927I harvested all of the peppers and tomatoes.DSC_5834The peppers were chopped and frozen while the tomatoes are ripening on the counter.DSC_5856DSC_5858Other harvests this week include…

PeasDSC_5861A few beets randomly popped out of the ground on their own. DSC_5891I 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…DSC_5835 DSC_5837DSC_5915Every 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 🙂DSC_5890I 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 🙂DSC_5860DSC_5914We 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.DSC_5862 DSC_5863The children have LOVED breaking them open with rocks and eating them as snacks. DSC_5916 DSC_5918We 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 🙂DSC_5919Are 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!