The last bit of produce it being plucked from the garden patch and preserved for the winter. Life on the homestead is shifting as it always does season by season. We have busy seasons and seasons of rest.
Marilla Moo our faithful milk cow is now across the lane with her friends. Or I should say her kin folk! She has her daughter, son, and her grandson, little Bubba. They are one big happy family. They have all the grass and water they need and most importantly, they have each other. Cows really thrive in a herd, haven’t you heard? They have a strong herding instinct. When you separate them, they get scared and cry out. Oftentimes we would hear our milk cow call out to her family across the lane and I could not wait until she was free to that greener pasture!
No more milk until December. She deserves her vacation! In December she will calve again. It is always a time of excitement when you welcome a new member of the farm! I just don’t know what I will do without my milk, yogurt, butter, and cheese! All farm fresh! So now I may have to find another source.
In Tennessee, we have had the rainiest month! Pouring rain nearly every day for the past several weeks. You know what that means for us farmers, GREEN! It means lots of weeds, upkeep, and even rotten root crops also. They can’t handle all the moisture in the ground for too long. We lost about half of our potato crop.
Here is our overgrown mess of a garden, weeding has been in full swing again! You can see our shack in the back!
Mark and the boys pulling weeds like mad men. They put it all on a HUGE compost heap beside the garden which looks more like a mountain! That will be great for later!
Wheel barrel after wheel barrel, the weeds were exiting the garden.
Here is our potato rows, all dug up and all weeded.
We still had some potatoes that we could save, thank goodness!
These peppers are in plenty, we unsure what they are, I thought I only planted habenero, jalepeno, chile, red, and cayenne peppers. This was a fun surprise, we must have had a fun seed mixed into our seed bag! Anyone know what kind this is? Leave a comment below and let me know what I can do with it. They sure are pretty, they grow in an upward fashion. I love them!
We plucked the most beautiful green peppers off the plants today! Wow. In fact, we harvested a bushel a couple weeks ago and thought the plants were done. After all this rain, I went out and checked the plants and they were FULL of peppers. The branches were breaking with the weight of them. I was pleasantly surprised.
I picked over a bushel of them! What a precious gift! We use green pepper for so many things. The easiest way I have preserved them is by chopping them and putting them in freezer bags. They keep great this way, no need for blanching, we have done this for years, it is a very easy and fast way to keep them. I just add them to different stir fry dishes, casserole, egg bakes, omelets, pizza, and soup. It is great!
God has been so good, we had a great garden this summer. I would love to know how your gardens did in the comments below! Have a blessed day!