I know I have been MIA for awhile – it has been a really busy year and I have definitely been focusing more on our acreage and less on the computer. We have done so much here this year. So many projects, many having to do with garlic but other stuff too. I’ll fill you in over the next few weeks. I’m just glad that the majority of the outside work is done. Well, the really necessary stuff is! Wait a minute, I just thought of something else that needs to be done.
October and November are some of our favourite months of the year. The garden is finished, the tools have been picked up, the woodroom is full and we are feeling tired but so very content.
If we don’t get much snow, we can still get a lot accomplished outside. And, since the “end of season” work has already been done, these projects are all little “extras”. Who doesn’t like getting a few extras accomplished? I know we do!
This is how the garden looked in late September. Lots of produce harvested, the garlic not yet planted and kale still going strong! You can see the tall Asparagus on the left; that plot has been in for about 9 years now and we enjoy lots of Asparagus early each spring. The Fall colours are so beautiful here; this picture doesn’t do them justice at all.
Sometimes, early November already sees six inches of snow on the ground. Other times, we don’t see much snow until into December. Time will tell as to when we get the first big dump of snow for 2016.
People who live in the Cariboo (or long time readers of our site) will know that one of the most important things for us to do in mid-October is to pick everything up that is laying around outside. Gardeners, including myself, are notorious for having garden tools scattered everywhere. There are hoses to be taken apart, coiled up and put away in the barn. Garden timers and sprinklers need to be put inside for the winter months. Shovels, rakes, hoes and spades need to be moved from the garden fenceline to a winter storage place under the porch or down at the barn.
We tend to gather things up over a few weeks and if we can’t get them brought down to the barn, we at least leave them on the pathway to the barn. This way if we go down to feed the chickens and are empty handed, we can pick a few things up to bring along with us. It is amazing at how long this process actually takes.
Invariably, we have a lot more tools and equipment just hanging around in the yard than we think we do. T posts and temporary chicken wire fencing need to be taken down or the snow will destroy the fencing.
We tarp over the Greenhouse in an attempt to make it last “just one more year”. This will be a losing battle over the coming winter. We still have the original plastic from 2007 on here! It is now finally falling apart and come Spring we will have to replace it. Want to read about how we built our Greenhouse on the cheap? (That’s an older picture; we have no snow here yet.)
We continue watering any transplanted shrubs and small trees – Fall can be very dry here and it is easy to think that the watering can stop because it is much cooler, but that can often be a fatal mistake.
There are lots of things to be done to wrap up the season and once we get that accomplished, we can sit back and relax a bit. We have always tried to run our farm on a seasonal basis, which means we have very busy Springs and Summers, but much slower Winters. We are able to relax and travel if we want.