Actually, they are running about every other day right now … but that will soon switch over to daily. I picked tomatoes two days ago, anything with much of a hint of red. Those are now being made into salsa, even as I type this… Here’s today’s haul – yes, they are not all ripe yet, but they will be in a day or two in the boxes, covered with newspaper, with a fresh green banana in each box. It’s over 90 degrees outside right now (!), and tomorrow will be another day near 90, so I’m hoping this harvest continues for the foreseeable future.

In the main garden, work continues to turn the cover crop under, one shovel-full at a time. This is my first time to overwinter the garden with a cover crop. I chose Polar Triticale and I have been very pleased with it. Instead of rototilling, I will turn the cover over so that the soil can enrich itself by reclaiming the cover crop. I'm about six weeks out from putting the first of the vegetable plants into the soil, but I do have yellow snap peas growing in this garden already. :)

Here are the corn rows in the crop circle garden ... today I laid out the soaker hoses along each row. There also will be Jalapeno, Anaheim and Hatch red chiles in this garden, as well as Butternut Squash. The corn has been in the ground six days now, so I suspect I'll see some of the stronger ones peeking up any day!

If you raise laying hens, you are likely to encounter a broody hen at some point. A broody hen will start spending more and more time in the laying box, "setting" on eggs she does or doesn't have and will growl at you (or worse) if you disturb her. I've tried every trick in the book to break a broody and persistence always pays off - but I'm always looking for that "quicker fix." One method that I've seen posted online is to suspend the hen in a wire cage for a period of time. This breaks up the "heat" on her back side and can disrupt the maternal impulse.

 

Time lapse from inside our main garden. Watch the entire growing season from start to finish. This time lapse was made from three photos a day, starting May 18, 2014 through September 17, 2014.

Love this time of year - my sausage and jerky smoking really heats up (no pun intended) in anticipation of the big Fall cool-down ... here, I've just crimped off several casings of venison summer sausage. I tend to smoke this in my Big Chief rather that my nice big smokehouse - the Big Chief keeps it at a lower temperature and it just seems to come out better. And that's okay, my big fancy smoker will be filled with beef jerky tomorrow ... it will be a smokin' day at the Coleman Greenhouse!

Spent the morning tearing out an 8-year-old asparagus garden. I am going to convert this space to a series of raised bed gardens. As I have been planting kale, rhubarb and other plants in with the asparagus, the rabbits have been decimating some plants (kale) while ignoring others. By converting this to raised bed gardens, I can selectively cover some with wire or netting to keep the birds and rabbits out, while leaving others open.

I’m always asked each year what I’m planting … so I’ve put this little list together and will update it as I purchase more seed this winter. My main crop this year will be corn and tomatoes (I have not yet decided on which varieties). Last year, the main crop was tomatoes and pepper plants. But there will be a good variety, so check back from time to time if you need ideas about what to plant and where to get the goods from … I will continue to update this list as I ramp up to sowing time…

This is one of the giant clematis flowers growing on the fence that surrounds our main garden. It is backlit by the sun.

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