Winter prep!

Here in our region, we are trying to get everything ready for winter. Snow will be flying all too soon. This weekend the mister and myself put down a ton of compost in the raised beds to put them to sleep for the winter.

We covered up the garlic that we planted with extra compost and wood chips to make those bulbs cozy for winter!

Planted 3 rows
Planted 3 rows of garlic

I also planted the raspberry canes that my uncle gave me! He’s the best and always shares plants from his garden!

Raspberry canes!
Raspberry canes!

I am also working on turning the pumpkin patch into a nicer area for an expanded garden and bee yard next year. I will just say that it’s a lot of work! (Pictures before too long!)

I also try to do a lot of things on my own around here! One is cut my pooch’s hair. I’ve been doing it forever and I must say that it’s nice saving around $25 everytime I do it myself! And, she hasn’t complained yet!

Izzy girl's haircut
Izzy girl’s haircut

I harvested the saddest carrot crop ever! I tried growing them in a container this year and still a fail! Oh well, can’t win them all!

All of the carrots.
All of the carrots.

Although I absolutely and completely dislike winter, fall is absolutely beautiful here! This is the sight that I see when pulling out of the driveway!

It's beautiful here!
It’s beautiful here!

Halloween and garden fun

For the first time, we actually were able to harvest pumpkins and my boy was able to carve a good sized one! He picked out his favorite and did all the work himself!

Lights on
Lights on

And of course we had to light it up to see how awesome that it looks!

Shining bright!
Shining bright!

Even though we used this pumpkin for fun, the chickens got the goop from the insides and everything that we cut out. They definitely did not complain!

Then, we roasted the pumpkin seeds and polished off most of them before the mister got home from work!

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And strange enough, I still harvested a couple things from the garden! I cut the last pumpkin from the dead vine and somehow found another sweet potato on accident!

Tonight's harvest
Tonight’s harvest

When it quits raining, I have some garlic that needs planting and raspberry canes that need put in the ground. So much work to do before the winter is in full effect!

How much is my garden worth?

It’s almost impossible to put a price on gardening. Since I teach, I consider gardening my summer job. I’m definitely not a professional, but I enjoy it!

Our garden!
Our garden!

This weekend when I went to Walmart, I wrote down the prices of the different produce that I grew. I used some of those prices, but made the prices of some items cheaper. For example, corn is 4 for $1 in peak season. As well as zucchini are only $1 a piece and strawberries are $1.98 per container during peak season. (All prices from my region!)

So, I kind of ripped myself off because my food is free of pesticides and all other chemicals. I’m sure that the produce at the store can’t make that guarantee!

Anyway, back to the price of my garden……….

$1,031.58
$1,031.58

In case you can’t read my horrible writing, that’s a very rough estimate of $1,031.58! I think that’s a pretty good haul! And this includes produce that I gave away as well as food for the hens! And, after totaling in the price of produce and eggs, the total comes to……

$1,151.70
$1,151.70

You read that correctly! $1,151.70. I think that’s pretty good! And really, for vegetarian fed chickens, the eggs are worth more  (probably!)

**Remember, all of this is based on prices from my area during this time of year. Prices fluctuate and vary by region! And, I just did this for my own fun!


Bye bye garden!!

This evening I cleared out the remainder of the garden and pulled up everything around the chicken coop. I really wish summer could stay forever!

The summer coop I'm missing!
The summer coop I’m missing!

Now the girls will be eating the seeds from those sunflowers!

The fall chicken run
The fall chicken run

And to stick with the fall theme, the chickens are enjoying some yummy pumpkin!

Enjoying some pumpkin!
Enjoying some pumpkin!

They also got some new leaves added to their run. They love the leaves!

Playing in the leaves!
Playing in the leaves!

Since it has frosted, the rest of the garden is gone! So sorry to see everything gone! But, we are lucky to have so much put up for the winter!

Sleep tight garden!
Sleep tight garden!

Weekend happenings!

We have been having such a nice and relaxing weekend! We went to a local farmer’s market and bought a few spaghetti squash and a butternut squash. The spaghetti squash was delicious!

I made some soft pretzels following the recipe from http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/homemade-soft-pretzels/?m and they were great!

Pretzel dough!
Pretzel dough!

After about 10 minutes, the pretzels will be delicious!

Soft pretzels!
Soft pretzels!

Since the temperatures are dropping at night, I decided to harvest as much as I could! I still am getting some veggies in the middle of October!

Last harvest! :(
Last harvest! 😦

And I finally finished up two hooded towels. They turned out adorable!

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Wednesday walk through the garden 10/14

The garden is definitely slowly being cleaned up! Winter prep is beginning! There are only a few pepper plants, a zucchini plant and cherry tomato plants.

Only a few plants left!
Only a few plants left!

The cherry tomatoes are looking great still! My dog Sherman keeps stealing the lowest ones from the plants!

The last of the tomatoes!
The last of the tomatoes!

I kinda let the strawberry plants get out of control this summer. So, I’m going to need to get these dealt with before next season!

Out of control strawberries!
Out of control strawberries!

I only have one zucchini plant left and the zucchini is not the prettiest! But, I’ll still use it!

Sad zucchini!
Sad zucchini!

I did pull up a couple of the dead plants and I was able to find a few free squash that my neighbor threw into the compost pile. The chickens were able to scarf this all down this evening!

Free chicken food!
Free chicken food!

I harvested the seeds from the red and purple sunflowers that I grew this summer to grow again next year. And, of course, I needed to put the seeds into a cute envelope!

Cute packaging for my purple sunflowers!
Cute packaging for my purple sunflowers!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Yum, yum sweet potatoes!

This was the first year that I grew sweet potatoes. I did lots of research and bought the plants from a local greenhouse. I planted them in early June with hopes that it would be enough time to harvest them before the fall frost!

About a month after planting
About a month after planting

They really didn’t grow fast at first. But, once the heat of the summer started, they took off!!

Growing and growing!
Growing and growing!

And, before I knew it, those sweet potato vines were everywhere! They escaped their raised be and took over parts of the yard!

Everywhere!!
Everywhere!!

Since summer has officially ended here and we were expected to get large amounts of rain, I decided it was time to pull up my little sweet potatoes. I was shocked to find this beast almost first!

3 and a half pound sweet potato!!
3 and a half pound sweet potato!!

So, I pulled up as many as I could the first night until I ran out of light!

1st night harvest!
1st night harvest!

The next day, I continued to pull up the rest (which is actually a lot of work due to those long vines!) And I was shocked to see how big some of the tubers had grown to become!! One was even over 4 pounds by itself!!!!!!

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Harvest day 2!

So the grand total of my first ever sweet potato harvest was…………. 80 pounds and 3 ounces!!!!!! Not too shabby for this new-er gardener!!! They have definitely earned a spot in the garden next year!!!!