Friday, September 19, 2014

Garden Update

It is hands down my favorite time of year.  The garden is turning lovely shades of earthy browns, greens, and yellows and the cool mornings lead right into beautiful afternoons here in NH. This week I'm finally starting to get some of the garden beds cleaned up, although it is a slow process with a few things still producing and everything all jumbled together in my unorganized garden.

I'm still getting some tomatoes, kale, pumpkins, swiss chard, and a few other goodies from the garden, but the pace is slowing down.  The popcorn is set to be harvested soon since we've had some visitors nibbling and storing their own food for the winter.  And still, there always seems to be something on the stove getting blanched, or boiled down, or sealed.










How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #98

 Oh it's feel downright cold out there lately.  With a few southerners visiting over the weekend we decided to try out the wood stove again and get the fall feeling going even in September.  The garden is slowing down, and we're taking time to stack wood, enlarger and solidify the chicken run, get the new duck housing set up and all those tasks we always push off until fall!

This week's feature: from Our Simple Life: 10 Voluntary, Simplistic Life Choices we Made


I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Friday, September 12, 2014

Garden Update

I am torn in the garden between still clinging to summer by taking time each day to slowly harvest the squash and tomatoes that keep coming in, and pulling out beds and getting them put to sleep for the winter.  It still feels a bit like summer around here, but I feel like it is only a short time before the frost really sets in again.

We are still searching through the fields to find pie pumpkins hidden in the grass, and already they're making their way into the house in the form of soups and other treats. Thanks to some late plantings, we are also still getting lots of tomatoes for paste and sauce and salsa and ketchup, and everything else we can think of.  The cold cellar is rapidly filling up and the new chest freezer is being loaded up with goodies.









How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #97

 It's feeling like fall around here with nighttime lows around 50.  That means it's time to start getting some more of those crops in and set aside for the winter!

This week's feature from Schneider Peeps: How to Get the Most Out of Your Tomato Harvest


I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Friday, September 5, 2014

Garden Update

After a full week away there were some major changes in the garden - there were (unfortunately) some rotten tomatoes and a few baseball bat sized zucchini, but there were also buckets of orange pumpkins, lots of ripe perfect tomatoes, okra, sun drying popcorn, ground cherries galore, and more and more squash everywhere I look.  The garden may be passed it's peak in terms of greens and has taken on a look of a sprawling, browning mess, but it is chock full of flavors and colors and goodness.  The work now moves from garden to kitchen to garden to kitchen and back again as we preserve, dry, roast, freeze and whatever else we can do to make sure some of the food is around this winter to enjoy.  


As usual, we've made our fair share of mistakes this year and are already planning and scheming how to do it differently next year, but overall this has been a great harvest so far.








My favorite part of the garden is the crab apple/gourd tree over the chickens




How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #96

 After a week away, our garden is looking wild these days and the animals seem happy to be fed by us again after a whirlwind of folks caring for them on the farm.  Today marks a bit of a kickoff to our home school year and the kitchen is a busy place with all the produce coming in!

This week's feature: from One Acre Farm, 15 Trees for a Wildlife Friendly, Edible Landscape



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Friday, August 22, 2014

Garden Update


This week I only have a short update of our garden!  Enjoy the photos and have a great week in the garden.












How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week