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I had an insanely lovely weekend. Let’s see: I went for a walk.

Because Saturday was beautiful.

Fell in love with autumn all over again.

Saw a deer on the way home.

Lit a fire.

Started a little fall cleaning in my studio!

Ate a wonderful Sunday dinner, including fried (homegrown) potatoes with fresh rosemary. On the grill.

I ate meat. For the first time in seven years.

Made two pies. (Recipe soon!)

How was your weekend?

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Garden Update

Garden Haul
It’s tomato season. That’s for sure. I’ve been hauling in baskets full. Unfortunately, they aren’t the prettiest things—many are rotting and splitting and many are plopping to the ground prematurely (which is why you see green ones in the photo.) Even though we make an effort to space the plants out a little more each year, they still end up too close together. My Mother asked how I get amongst the plants to pick the tomatoes. I replied that I crawl on my hands and knees. She laughed. But I was serious. You know how they say a true photographer will do anything for a shot? Well, a true gardener will do anything to salvage a worthy tomato. Pure summertime gold, they are. (There are beans and peppers and cukes hiding in those baskets too.)

Digging for Potatoes
Digging For Potatoes
We’ve been digging up potatoes here and there.

There are a handful of melons growing.

Butternut Squash
And at a good dozen butternut squash (as well as some hubbard—not pictured.)

And gourds.

And the those two pepper plants they were giving away outside our local health food store? They moved from their containers to a flower bed and one is producing a lovely pepper.

The things we don’t grow we pick up locally at established farm stands or side-of-the-road set-ups. Mostly eggplant, peaches and (the above) corn. We have a decent local farmer’s market in the neighboring town but since we have such a big garden we don’t bother going much. My parents stopped in for the first time this season yesterday. We are thinking of going again next week because there is someone selling milk and cheeses we might want to splurge on.

We are still harvesting a ton of peppers. The cukes are dwindling a bit. The older squash plants are all done and ripped out but we have a new short row that should start producing soon. The new bush beans are producing! The pole bean plants are crazy-huge. (So huge that when we got the edge of a storm last weekend, the winds and heavy rains were enough to finally knock down the one pole. It was bowed and weak from a knot to begin with.) Monday night Papa and I went out to fix it. However they aren’t producing fruit as well as I remember from previous years. I think too much juice has gone into growing the plants. Dad said that could be too much nitrogen.

What have you been growing?

(Head over to Homesprout to see what others are hauling from their garden! Or add your photo to the flickr pool to join in.)

Garden Haul Update

It’s been an exciting week here on our little farm. We are finally harvesting something more than lettuce, green beans and squash. And some critters have made appearances.

The sunflowers are opening up. Quite beautifully.

Huge Haul.
We have pretty much exhausted the green bush beans. Just in time, the pole beans are blossoming. And the peppers are growing and being chopped up and frozen. And occasionally we get a grape tomato ripe enough to eat. (They don’t make it to the house often though.) And the squash! They are producing like rabbits! Every day or two we are bringing in a whole basket full.

Speaking of rabbits. Apparently we were growing them in the potatoes! There were six little ones out there. It explains why things inside the garden looked a little chewed on (including my one celery plant.) We had a lot of pretty torrential downpours last August that washed out a lot of the netting we buried along the base of the garden fence. There are a couple spots where critters could get in but didn’t think they did. Holes have since been patched and baby bunnies put outside.

Garden Haul.
Finally we got something different in our baskets: squash, potatoes (Blossom Fingerling), green beans, beets and lettuce (mesclun mix and bibb/buttercrunch.)

Blossom Fingerling.
There is nothing like fresh, earthy, homegrown potatoes!

My remaining celery (in the garden) is looking decent but I still have to figure out why the stalks aren’t thickening up. Any celery-savvy folk have advice or knowledge to share?

Once the veggies make it to the house, it’s time to clean them up.

Garden View.
So much growth! (Seen above, left to right: Tomato plants, Squash plants and pole beans. And just cropped outside the picture, along the bottom fence line inside the garden are cucumber and gourd plants. And just outside the garden are melon plants.)

Hello Bear
Friday afternoon we had a black bear mosey through. Luckily he didn’t get into any trouble.

And finally: my little pigeon says Hi.

(Head over to Homesprout to see what others are hauling from their garden! Or add your photo to the flickr pool to join in.)


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