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Harvest Monday

December 14, 2105

We are not harvesting anything fresh out of the garden right now. We are waiting on some carrots, kale, and cabbages to mature. Everything else planted (spinach, lettuce, more carrots, cabbages, broccoli, and sprouting broccoli) will be harvest-ready in early spring when our days lengthen a bit more.

We are using our free pumpkins from the pumpkin farm little by little in baked oatmeal and other baked goods. And we are on box 3 of 6 of sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, I don’t think they will last us through February this year 😦Nieto Photography 2015(sweet potatoes wrapped in newspaper over to the side…all of the little pumpkins are gone now and only half of the big ones are left)

We are using our frozen tomatoes in soups and marinara as needed. I can’t imagine ever using all of them up but we’ll see! We also have about a gallon of frozen green beans left from this summer.

I ordered most of my seeds and all of my garden potatoes this week. I am planning on growing my own sweet potato slips this year. My home-grown slips seemed to do just as well or even better than the ones I bought last year. I still need to order my June-bearing strawberries and June-bearing raspberries and I should be set! Per usual, I just have to figure out where everything will go.

I am really hoping my husband’s schedule will slow down soon so we can rip up a bunch of tarp and expand the garden so I will have more planting options this next year!

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Harvest Monday

November 23, 2015

We are harvesting kale and celery. These are the celery tops in the compost bowl. The bottoms were already in the soup 🙂

Nieto Photography 2015

Our berries are done. I need to go ahead and prune the raspberries and transplant them. We are having more freezing nights but most of our days are still reaching the 60s. Now, I have to figure out what to cover and with what thickness to cover.

Some of our free pumpkins were rotting in the basement so this week we threw those to the chickens and roasted some of the good ones. Nieto Photography 2015(roasted pumpkin, ready to be taken apart, pureed, and frozen)

We are also using our sweet potatoes, probably faster than I would like. They are SOOO good!Nieto Photography 2015(Ready to go into the oven. We like sprinkling them with cinnamon. 🙂 )

And the frozen omatoes are being cooked on a steady basis for marinara sauce and soups.

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Harvest Monday

November 16, 2015

This week, the sun decided to shine a bit so we were able to get out and weed a little bit. There is still a lot to be weeded but the goal is for each of us (the oldest 4 and me) to fill a 1 gallon bucket with weeds each day. I hope to get all of the garden weeded before the cold weather sets in. We are still in the 60s most days.

We were able to harvest some raspberries and kale this week. I am calling on neighbors and friends for help with my runaway raspberry canes. I am trying to give them away left and right but you cannot tell the patch has been touched at all. At some point this month, I’m going to need to find a place to put all of the extra canes. But where….?

We were able to get some pumpkins from the local pumpkin patch this week. It has been raining so much, most of them were rotten but the main reason we wanted them was for the chickens anyway. We are using them as free feed until we run out. The good ones were put in the basement.Nieto Photography 2015 Nieto Photography 2015We threw some rotten ones to the chickens. These on the porch, are the rest of the ones that have soft spots. We throw them to the chickens throughout the day. Because of this, we are able to cut our feed bill in half. Such a blessing! Nieto Photography 2015All of the good pumpkins were put in our basement. The sweet potatoes, wrapped in newspaper, are to the right. This is our freezer room, where it is coolest. Not pictured (but also in here) are the onions and sunflowers harvested this summer.

We cooked, pureed, and froze some of the pumpkins this weekend. I was able to get 6 cups of puree out of 2.5 small pumpkins. We love eating pumpkin in our oatmeal and of course pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pie! 🙂

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