No More Mosquitoes!
The Farm Report 10-27-2020
I like outdoor things, and wood cutting and heating is one of my favorites. I don't do axe work - I like machines! Annie likes to supervise me and she likes Ranger rides more than just about anything.
It is a 'guy thing' I suppose, but there is just something super satisfying about watching and hearing a giant hydraulic ram push a log through the splitter wedge. Pure destructive power. Gotta love it!
Some veggies are better when it is cold. Tomatoes are NOT among them, but broccoli is.
Cauliflower likes to be chilly, too. The best sweetest heads come after a frost. See Above: We HAVE HAD FROST!
This is an insert belt I made for my Harbor Freight Cement Mixer/Spud and Carrot Washer. You put it inside the cement mixer and it washes the veggies for you. Let it run long enough and it will peel them, too.
"Tim, buddy! I just KNOW this thing will use water when we get it going." Annie likes water - and things that use water.
How to? First, you take out the mixing paddles that come with the machine for mixing cement.
All set up and ready to wash. Add veggies and water. Turn it on. Stand back and laugh while it does it's thing. Red Green would be proud of me!
It really does work though. Promise!
And that's how we wash our carrots out here on Oakdale Farm.
Time to clean off the pepper patches, too. These are Jalapeno.
These are my favorites. They are Anaheim. Big on flavor, low on heat. I put them in when I cook a roast or a chicken. Delicious.
It is just a Harvest Maid round dryer adapted so the drying box can sit on the heating unit.
I just cut the guts out of one drying tray and fastened that to the box. It lifts off and stores away when I'm not drying big loads of stuff or paint brushes.
I made trays that go on the runners inside. These peppers are cayenne.
Anaheims washed and ready to go in.
It is really hard to get peppers to this stage where I live. It is an accomplishment, and I'll probably jink something by bragging on myself, but ain't they pretty?
Bell peppers get a different treatment here.
I chop them up and actually dry them on the trays as the trays were intended to be used. A disappointment for you, I'm sure. But sometimes a guy has to go along with the crowd - much as that goes against my nature.
I don't know why I do this: red n's on one tray, green n's on another. I mix them all up in the same storage jar when I'm through anyway.
Ah well, so while I'm polishing off the garden and getting ready for the next (much more pleasant!) season, this is how it is actually supposed to look out here in October, but you never know.