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Turkey Tracks:  October 15, 2013

Fall Update

Well, I’ve neglected the blog for the past few weeks.  It’s just been too pretty outside, and I have been too busy being outside, to sit down and write. I’ve been saving pictures, though. And thinking about what I would post eventually… So, here’s a group of pictures I took on September 29th–a week or so after Bryan, Corinne, and the girls were here visiting.

It was definitely time to switch the mailbox covers!

Although the Indian Summer weather is what brings out the ladybugs in droves.  It’s not unusual to see them clustered on the sides of the house in a warm, sunny spot.

Sept. 29, ladybuy mailbox cover

Still, the leaves are turning now, so it’s time to honor that:

Sept 29, fall leaf mailbox cover

I think this picture would make a good card, actually.  So I printed some extra prints to try out that idea.

Remember the post on the robin mother that went wild this summer and build 14 nests across the front porch–then settled on two good ones and raised three babies in one?  When I went up on a ladder to clean out the nests for the winter, here’s what I found:

Sept. 29, Robin's Eggs

It’s way too late to raise more babies…   But the eggs showed no signs of decay…

Sean Floyd came and helped me store all the outside furniture, pots, lawn ornaments, and so forth.  He also put down the winter boardwalk–which is a heavy-duty job to do.

Sept 29, boardwalk down

That’s NO NO Penny who at ten is still going strong.

There’s something about the boardwalk that I really love.

I’m leaving the garden fence up for the winter–though I have not had the nerve to call Tom Jackson, who does the winter plowing to say so.  I’ve loved having the garden fenced all summer–not one chicken got in there–which was great as those escape artists got out of their fence whenever they wanted to get out.

Miss Reynolds Georgia, at 11, has had a hard few years.  She may have Lyme.  She has the markers.  She does not do well with the rabies shot.  So our wonderful vet has stopped those.  And I thought she would die several times this summer and last after giving her the heartworm pill–for only one time each summer.  (I spread Penny’s out to no more than every 45 to 50 days, which has to do with the mosquito life cycle.)  Anyway, Rey stopped eating, and I’ve had to gently force feed her by putting bits of food into her mouth and holding her head up.  It’s like neurologically she just can’t get everything together to eat.  She’s a bag of bones and skin.  Yet, just lately, she’s been perky and playful and seems happier.  AND, she’s eating again.  Not much, but some, all on her own.  Maybe she’ll get through another winter.  And, no more meds!!!  Ever!!!!

Sept. 29, Miss Reynolds Georgia at 11

The cold frame is FULL of lettuce and delicious French Breakfast radishes.  What a treat!

Sept 29, cold frame

The garden is still very productive.  The kale and chard are going strong.  the pole beans are putting out another crop.  The haricot verte bush beans will produce until killed by a frost.  The cucumber vine is spewing out cukes way faster than I can eat them.  I found six big ones in there just yesterday.  They will likely go into cucumber water as they are too big to eat or pickle.  Maybe with the seeds removed, they would be good quick pickled in a little white vinegar, water, some slivers of onion, and salt and pepper.  That only takes about an hour to be ready to eat.  The Sungold cherry tomatoes ares till producing.  If I feel we are going to get a killing frost, I will pull the remaining green ones and lacto ferment them.  And I’m still getting the odd zucchini or two off and on.

Sean Floyd helped me dump out the inside vermiculture worm bin.  I let this smelly black gold dry out a bit and staged it in the garden where I will plant next year’s garlic–once we have a freeze and I have removed the frost-killed tomatoes, etc.

Sept 29, worm black gold

All these Brandywine tomatoes ripened on the window ledges in the kitchen.  This may be the first year of my life where I felt that I’ve truly had enough tomatoes–to eat, to dry, to roast, to store up for the winter.

Sept. 29, Green Tomatoes

I think my dehydrator ran for most of August and September:  wild mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and tomatillos.

Sept. 29, drying tomatoes

Drying whole tomatoes cut into wedges went surprisingly well.  I have enough jars of dried cherry tomatoes to offer a taste of sunshine in winter salads.

 

 

Written by louisaenright

October 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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  1. You are the little engine that could. Can’t believe all you accomplish!

    Susan Heath

    October 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm


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