The Farm Report
Waste not, want not, of course. The pan on the left is for my fridge and sandwiches this year. The pan on the right is intentional starters for a new horseradish bed - FAR FAR AWAY from my garden.
Far away like out on the edge of a field WAY far away from the garden.
Our radical hot/wet/dry summer did a number on my carrots this year. I got some but they're nothing to write home about.
I like to wait until the last possible day to dig my Irish potatoes. I think they store through the winter better when I do it this way. Annie Oakley supervises, of course.
Of course, if anybody is digging in the dirt, then Annie thinks she's got the 'go ahead' to dig in the dirt, too.
She doesn't really know what she's digging in the dirt for, but hey, it's just as much fun one way as the other.
No potato famine here at Oakdale Farm this year! This was the best potato crop I've ever raised. Like tomatoes from the vine, potatoes from 'your own good dirt,' as my mother in law used to say, just taste the best.
Last call for the Dahlias, too. They've been great all season long, but they don't like freezing.
Then, into this plastic garden tub for the winter in cold (not freezing) storage. The tub has holes in the bottom so no water can stand and rot the tubers.
SCORE! I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, so I got a whole load of power company wood chips. I'll pack the dahlia tubers with these chips for the winter. Otherwise, I usually use peat or straw.
Garden plowed and coming along. I really really like to have everything cleaned off and made ready for spring before I quit for the winter.
After plowing I drag a harrow or landscape rake over it to smooth things up and drag off any remaining sticks and weed stalks. (My garden is the only spot on the whole farm where we do this. Everything else in the fields is totally no-till.)
Grow bags are portable. So, after a brutal 'Marine Boot camp' style pruning haircut, it was into the Ranger for a ride to the cold storage area inside. Fingers crossed for a better outcome next spring. I'm optimistic!
While I was cleaning up the rose garden I noticed trouble in
River City on the greenhouse.
Not only is the 5-year plastic into it's 6th year, the wooden battens I used to hold it on were rotting out, too.
To install it, you just screw the channel tracking down where you want it. Then put new plastic over the top of it, and when you 'wiggle' in the bent spring wire fasteners, the job is done. Easy!!!
Step A. Pick a beautiful WIND FREE day and go to work. Finding a wind free day out here is/was the challenge. We did it though. The next day had 25 mph winds.
After the wiggle wires are in, then a good sharp knife or scissors and the trimming makes it look great.
Fall is for smoking meat. Annie says it all. "When can we taste some, Tim?"
Then, after it reaches the 'fully cooked' temperature, I vacuum bag it and seal it up for a few more days in the fridge to let all the smokey goodness penetrate and equalize.
After that, we slice it so it is ready for sandwiches or frying. I cook it in the smoker, so it is good to eat like sandwich meat or ham. It IS good to eat, too.
Vac bag in small quantities; some for the fridge, some for friends, some for the freezer.
SOME for the skillet and my breakfast, too. It is fantastic. Not like ordinary belly bacon, and not like ham, it's in between and delicious. Why haven't I done this before?
More blossoms from the sweet potato slips I saved from the garden a few weeks ago before the 'last call' for the sweet taties before frost. This is fun!