the winter garden

Snow is in the forecast.  We’re supposed to dip to 11 degrees tonight.  It’s time to put the garden to bed.  We’ve spent plenty of time out there harvesting, pulling up dried plants for seed, and moving things around.  It’s hard to believe how nice the weather actually was for all of October.  Usually we’re bundled up, fighting the weather to get things cleaned up.

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We did harvest all the corn from the small garden. The chickens have been put to work digging around in there.  From the large garden we turned most of the cabbage into sauerkraut, keeping a couple heads to eat.  We planted our garlic and canned all the remaining carrots.  We have canned several batches of beets, but still have several rows left to harvest.

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We thought we would finish up this weekend, but Caleb caught us all off guard when we came down with a cold that quickly turned to croup and then kindly shared with me and Ryan. We spent most of the weekend inside playing Uno, drinking tea, and taking turns napping.

This morning we cleaned out the greenhouse, pulling all the tomatoes and peppers. We have several starts of spinach and beets to carry us through the colder months.

Sometimes after all the fun work of the summer it’s hard to make ourselves actually finish up everything before the weather turns.  It’s just one of those things that must be done.  Winter will be here before we know it.

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