The Crop Circle garden is a garden set in a 28-foot circle in our driveway.

This year, I grew peppers, tomatoes, green beans, spaghetti squash, sunflowers, and tomatillos in the Crop Circle garden. Today, I tore almost everything out of the garden. I left some tomatoes and some sunflowers.

Getting ready to can the second batch of tomatoes this season, with lots more coming. Canning tomatoes is hot, tedious work, but, like I say...

The only thing I hate more than canning tomatoes is not having canned tomatoes available when I need them.... :)

So here goes.... Turn on the stove and being out the ice bucket...

Lately, we've had an overnight visitor. All the fires have driven the wildlife deeper into our neighborhoods and the animals are hungry!

I have been putting apples out on the lawn to feed the deer. This was after we noticed that they came through and totally cleaned out all our annuals and perennials! Here, two different large bucks came through on two different nights. This is eight feet outside our back door. :)

Really kicking up the dirt here! The more dirtier, the more cleanerer! Showing those two onlookers how it's DONE!

Placed a pollen patty inside the hive over the honey deep. Also placed a ventilation shim with a one-inch, screened hole in the same location. Hive appears to be strong and doing well.

One of the 'old ladies' has made herself a deep 'bowl' to bathe in, almost level with the ground!

Here is one of our 'babies', we have 3 age groups of chickens, 'old ladies', 'tweens', and 'babies', she was very curious about my camera!

Photo of hive inspection with hives broken apart , Photo of brood chamber with Apivar strip in place , Photo of honey deep for winter

In my full hive inspection today, I found a VERY healthy and happy hive. The two deeps and top honey super were very full of calm, hard working bees. Temperature was 72 degrees and overcast but the skies were bright. The bees were calm and left me alone ... until I started shaking them off the honey frames. Then I found myself in a frightful swirl of bees but no worries - I was fully protected.

I have not noticed much of a mite problem but I know they are there, so I treated with two strips of Apivar in the brood chamber. I will come back and remove those strips in early October.

Pulled the honey - not a whole lot in the top super, five partially full frames. But it will give me a taste... :) They have a full deep super of honey for winter, so I didn't cut into their stash. Also treated for mites with two strips of Apivar in the brood chamber.

Temperature was 72 degrees, skies were overcast. Bees were very calm. Until I started shaking them off their honey frames ... all hell broke loose, haha.

Meet SPANKY, our new rooster! Though we didn't raise him, he is sixteen weeks old, about a week younger than many of our hens. He has 21 female companions now and already, here is very protective. We just love him already! :)

We got him from a nice couple in Olalla, Washington. We are very grateful. :)