Howdy everyone… We had a very busy weekend here on the homestead. The scheduled frost for Friday night (20 degrees!) arrived and in order to not have crop damage we did a fierce collection of produce. About 160# of winter squashes, a bushel brimming over of Lancianato Kale–which I’ve found does not withstand frost the way the Winterbor does! Also brought in all the remaining cauliflowers and broccoli, about 25 heads in all…not a stellar amount, but still nice to have around.
Still in the garden are tatsoi, collard greens, salad greens, brussels sprouts, winterbor kale, and some chard. On the larger property the nettles are still going strong but in the absence of having our cat the squirrels have moved in and made themselves at home RIGHT ON MY PLANTING BENCH! I found midden piles of hazelnuts everywhere! Oh well, I guess we will not be having any nuts this winter….thankfully last years harvest is still feeding us.
One other thing I noticed as I strolled around the past couple of weeks is that the critters are eating more than in previous years. For instance, I did not harvest a single elderberry this summer. Not because the bushes were not plentiful, but because as they were coming on the bird descended with a fury I’ve not seen. Same was true for the strawberries. Not sure if there are just more birds around or if food in the wild is becoming more scarce.
We’ve been seeing A LOT of migratory birds of prey moving through the area. Hawks, red tailed, broad winged and several immature eagles!
Other news from the homestead the squash/dry storage pantry is full of squash and onions. The garlic beds are laid out and awaiting planting….which I’m a bit behind on. I refinished a dining table this weekend instead of planting the garlic…but, it’s a good trade. That frost was hard and early, but there’s still time for garlic planting.
Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful start to their week! I’m pictuteless here with the laptop, since I still haven’t put the NX2 software on this computer. But I got some lovely shots of the hoary frost on the garden I hope to be able to share tomorrow.