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Sunday, November 01, 2009

We did not grow the barley

New layers of compost/mulch going onto all beds

The week in review:
  • Planted: garlic, bulbs. Moved rosemary, marjoram, parsley to the herb bed.
  • Harvested: still no major frost. A few tomatoes and strawberries! Greens (some are bolting in the polytunnel, with some onions, parsley, chives.
  • Blanched and froze something but I forgot what. Some mashed turnips but it is petty bitter with all the warm weather; should mix with some mashed potatoes?
  • Cold room done! Mostly in the big cans is wheat berries, pearl barley, cracked wheat, spelt flour, WW flour, rye flour, amaranth, quinoa, rolled oats, rolled wheat, buckwheat flour, dried red beans, dried white beans, dried black beans, chickpeas, WW angel hair. Sacks and some boxes; potatoes. Boxes; apples. Jars; dried tomatoes, dried apple slices, dried zukes, dried/or for seed runnerbeans and fava beans, some boughten stuff such as pickles (we buy these to get the gallon jars). Bowls or bins of eggplant, turnips, beets, onions. Shelves of cured winter squash, pumpkins; 16 liters of homebrew, 24 bottles of (we hope) grape wine/cider.
  • Sold chicken eggs and trading seed for walnuts.
  • 100 foot diet: a lot of tomato/veg/chicken soups, baked squash, baked beans, baked potatoes, fried eggs with vegs, salad (most greens we've ever had). Frozen blueberries and rhubarb. Dried tomatoes, apples, stored apples, applesauce. Very little outside foods at present except rice and other grains. Ex.: dinner tonight was fresh trout, rice, delicata, applesauce, a salad of fresh red romaine lettuce, mizuna, broccoli leaf, kale, spinach, chard, bok choi, tomatoes. The rice was the non-homegrown or home-caught ingredient. Oh, and homebrew. True, we did not grow the barley ... still ...
Plan for 2010 in progress:
  • Dig up, divide and move the rose to the main gate (it makes good rose hips and has proved unkillable anyway).
  • Move the remaining sunchokes out of bed 2 and spread them along the north end of the garden (half are already there and did well this year).
  • Shorten the herb bed (it's more in the way of the main path than we thought).
  • Put the old orchard back in the pasture (the chickens and ducks make better use of the drops than we do).
  • Add hops, kiwis, blueberries, lingonberries, honeyberries, more apples and plums and a pair of persimmons.
  • Add a room to the barn.
  • Finish deer fence.
  • Take down one old ash and four big cottonwoods and firewood them (too much shade on gardens).
"Et cetera, et cetera, et ... cetera."


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