Signs of fall are all around. The leaves are changing, the days are cool, and other than a few fall greens, the garden is coming to a conclusion for the season.
With the light frost of last week on my mind, I was thorough with harvesting all the frost tender crops in the garden this week.
I experimented with growing some Japones Chile Peppers from purchased dried peppers. The plants were very prolific, but most of the peppers didn’t have time to turn red. I will dry these and use them to add heat to Asian dishes:
The last of the tomatoes were plucked from the dying vines. These will be turned into a final batch of crockpot tomato sauce and frozen.
Apples continue to shine this year. After dealing with the early drops that fell from the trees, we began picking the main crop from the branches that we could reach with a ladder. These are in wonderful condition with no worm and very little mold and scab damage. I’ll say it again, it has been an amazing year for apples and we are very grateful:
The garden may be sputtering out but there are so many things that need do be done before winter arrives. With the majority of the preserving finished, I began cleaning up the garden. The gates are open and the chickens are working their way through the growing beds kicking up the mulch and feasting on seeds and bugs while I clean up all the dead and dying foliage.
The coop needs to be cleaned thoroughly, filled with new bedding, and prepared for winter. The compost bins will be given a good shuffle too. I want to get a good layer of compost on the garden beds before mulching them for winter. The compost in progress will be shifted to another bin and layered with shredded leaves and garden debris. The other empty bins will be filled with as many shredded leaves as I can gather.
Our wood was delivered recently too and we are working on moving the older, dry wood into the basement and stacking the new wood. It won’t be long before the nights are chilly enough to light the woodstove.
That is all for harvests this week. See what others are gathering from their gardens at Our Happy Acres.