Over the weekend I checked out the weather forecast and decided that my extend the harvest season is close to being over. Yesterday I went out in the garden and picked most of what was left to harvest including beans, squash, hot and green peppers, tomatoes, egg plant, red cabbage and tomatillos.
I still have plenty of other herbs including oregano, sage, rosemary and tarragon. This year was funny as the school garden froze a couple of weeks ago but I have yet to have a freeze in Sandy so I have not even bothered to cover anything to protect from frost. My tomatoes are still producing and I will be covering them tonight as snow is predicted for tomorrow.
As I mentioned I plan to cover the tomatoes and keep them coming for a few more weeks. I also have green onions, swiss chard and herbs to harvest. The chickens have so much variety to eat with all the plant cuttings that they hardly pay attention when I throw new edibles into their yard area.
As you can see in the background of my photos that my yard is a mess. But hey that is why there is going to be a part 2 (and maybe even 3) of the fall clean-up story. I still need to cut up all the spent plants, screen out all the remaining compost, spread it throughout the garden and collect all the leaves I can find. I have yet to even look at the front yard work that needs to be done.
I also need to prune the raspberry patch but that will be a how to blog for another day.
All in all yesterday was a productive day. I got to share it with my old blind, toothless friend Whisky.
She still has the energy to bark at everyone but the older she gets she likes to dig a little impression in the ground and she has found a flat rock to use as a pillow for her naps. Hope she has a few more years left in her.
The clean-up saga will continue once the rain and snow stops.