It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve made it onto the computer. I’m sure you were wondering if I had some sort of mysterious injury related to a grub hoe and a compost bin. But I assure you, everything is fine. The sun has been out, and things have been growing like mad, including both boys and C. So the blog has been collecting dust! In the mean time, I’ve been able to get a few things done around here.
We picked cucumbers up at our CSA and put up 48 quarts of pickles.
We got the tree trunk and stump hauled away to a mill.
And we put some 7 pounds of elk meat into the dehydrator to become jerky.
We harvested corn and our first potatoes with the neighbor.
I have to say that harvesting potatoes is one of the funnest things ever – it’s like a treasure hunt!
We ended up with 40 pounds of fingerlings and 50 pounds of Desirre red potatoes! We will have plenty for seed next year and hopefully enough to store through the winter.
We also have a neighborhood BBQ in the works and have been spreading the hens’ good will via eggs and some extra garden onions.
We are getting ready for some berry picking and peach picking in the next week or two. I am excited to get some preserves into the pantry as well. We are going to take a walk tomorrow to the house with the concord grape vine and see if the new family there will share some grapes with us this year like the last tenants there did. We are bringing some 2010 jam with us to give them as an incentive!
The late summer/early fall is one of the busiest times around our homestead. Harvests are coming in, the dehydrator is running, and we are trying to see if we can manage to get the yard back in shape in time to participate in the second annual Denver Botanic Gardens chicken coop tour. If you remember, I made some improvements on the coop this spring with the tour in mind, and last year was a lot of fun, so it’d be really great if we can pull it together in time. More updated posts in the coming days – I am finally getting back on the ball around here, I think.