Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Farmstead Update

Lots of activity this month, harvesting, canning, freezing, and preparing for the fall garden.
We are harvesting cantelopes, watermellon, pumpkins, squash, green beans, tomatoes still...
Holly is very proud of the 40 or so pumpkins we have harvested so far....overkill to me but she likes them.

We have literally bushels of green beans needing to be picked but we are sick of them. You can only can, pickle, freeze, and eat so many fresh green beans before it just gets out of hand.

The babysweet watermellons are great though, you can eat them right down to the rind and they are just sweet as can be.

Judy and Holly have sold several cantelopes, watermellons and pumpkins....I think it averages out to them making about $.02 per hour...farming is tough.

The first of our potato harvest

We have had such a variety of fresh tomatoes we have gotten spoiled but we have frozen some, canned a bunch, made salsa, ketchup, marinara etc. BUT THE BEST USE of them is to take a purple Cherokee and slice it thick, fry up some farm raised smoked bacon until its crisp, take some crisp lettuce from the garden and then put it all together on toasted home made bread with a good dab of mayo and your in heaven.

Bandit was over visiting and needed a nap.

These are called Autumn Crocuses and they just popped up out of the ground with no green foliage...apparently they are about a month early this year.
They are in the back of the Lilac and by the front porch...very strange etheral flower.
The Crepe Myrtles came back nicely from the winter damage, we thought they were mostly goners but they just bloomed a little late.
Judy planted these elephant ears from bulbs May...
Since we have harvested all the corn cobs we are letting the stalks dry out so we can harvest them and use them for Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations.
And the Sorghum we were told we were too late to grow?...Its now tasseling
We are letting the seeds develop and dry out on the sunflowers before we harvest them, this butterfly seems to like it.
I believe he is a Monarch

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