posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 11:59 AM
Well, harvest is upon us! The weather took a turn, and we are nice and chilly again. We have been harvesting steadily and it's about time for all of
it to come out. I have also been harvesting seed! Spinach, peas, chamomile, and other flowers. I also have a couple of seed crops maturing Waltham 29
broccoli and radishes. This year I will be growing carrot tops in the house for the winter to hopefully get carrot seed. I'm also going to leave some
cabbage inground after harvest and hope for seed next year. It still hasn't worked that way for the carrots. I guess a couple of turnips and Brussels
sprouts should stay behind too, hhmmmmm.
It's been a good year, too warm at times for my tried and true cool weather crops, but good nonetheless.
The harvest has been and is still good, not stellar, but good. As usual things get so busy when summer starts that some projects never see the light
of day. The garden expansion is in hold still, but I have figured out a few ways to expand within the current fence. I'm incorporating more
permaculture within my existing spaces with perennial herbs and berries among my fruit trees. I am also going to start some layered lasagne beds
between my raised beds so I can grow my cool weather crops in ground and use the raised beds for larger onion, carrot, squash and celery crops. The
cucumbers did much better this year in an open top cold frame. The zucchini still succumbed horribly to powdery mildew. I give up on them. I think its
just the woods, even my neighbor was bummed about problems with hers, and first year so no contamination.
Ah! And my lovely tomatoes decided to thrive. From near dead single leafed seedlings, they changed their minds and flourished! I have two Cherokee
purple tomatoes that are five and six flowers each grown into huge healthy beautiful tomatoes! Among many others on the plant, I just love how those
do that when they are happy. The rest of my heirlooms flourished as well. Interestingly, the gifted tomatoes didn't do as well. They did not like the
shift from whatever they had been fed to my organic regime, with the exception of two, a Roma and another. I think they may have been mislabeled
possibly too, the plant I thought were cherry tomatoes ended up being a good pounder so I had to wait longer than I thought. Roma is also a very old
heirloom as well though and drooped but recovered and is covered in tomatoes from head to toe now.
It's another hit and run, though we start school next week so I will be back online a bit more. I have two moose quarters hanging in my shed still and
my husband had to go back to work today. I'm going to try and surprise him by having half of one of them butchered up when he gets home. Wish me luck.
Oh, on that note though, we had a family we know over on Saturday for a harvest meal! The entire meal was harvested by our own hands within three
days. We had moose heart, peas and carrots and a pot of apple pie filling with apples off my friend's tree. Our friends helped us butcher and prepare
a beautiful meal. I would love to accomplish that on a more regular basis and it gets a little easier every year. We can feed ourselves beautiful
food! True, real, healthy delicious food.