It’s been another busy week here on our farmstead. I’m starting to get ready to see the fall come and for a break from the busyness! It doesn’t look like I have too long to wait as temps here have been rapidly cooling and our leaves have begun to turn yellow and fall into the yard. It’s my first year raking leaves and I’m not too excited about it but I think we will find some ways to have fun with it. 🙂
We had a bit of rain last week that brought in some interesting creatures like the Skink pictured above. His tail was bright blue!
I purchased a soil test kit from Amazon and tested the soil in the garden and in the new patch of pasture we are planning on tilling up this fall. Now is a perfect time to start adding anything to the soil. We discovered our soil is incredibly alkaline and has an excess of just about everything so I’ve picked out a few things that we will be adding in to help bring down the levels a bit and hopefully next year we won’t suffer from so much plant burn like we did this year. I was surprised to find that our pasture had the same soil results as the garden but hopefully that means we will have a great crop next year even in the newly plowed ground!
My beans have finally decided to start producing. They’ve been growing like crazy but taking forever to actually produce! The product has been quite nice though. These yellow beans are called Or Du Rhin and it’s a new kind I tried this year (pole beans). They are very large and nice!
You have to say the name of this out loud because it will make you laugh….this vegetable is called a Squmpkin. I learned this year that you should definitely not plant overly productive pumpkin plants next to overly productive spaghetti squash plants because this is what happens! We have at least 3 of these out in the garden and they are huge! I’m not brave enough to try them (because I’m not sure how one would cook them!) but I’d love to know what they are like…
We’ve officially started the beginning of the end of the harvest. This week was our first winter squash and pumpkin cooking. They are hanging out in one of the barns to cure for a few weeks and then it’s time for some taste testing!
The tomatoes are producing in full force now so I’ve been making all kinds of goodies with them. This week I put up 25 meals worth of BBQ Sauce (meal base). I’ve been working on my Sun Dried Tomatoes too. I absolutely love those in the middle of winter because they always taste fresh!
What has been going on at your homestead this week?