Well, as I mentioned yesterday, the cold is toying with us! We were forecasted to hit freezing temps last weekend, but alas, nothing happened. I'm guessing this will be our last large harvest before bringing in all the green tomatoes in the next week or so and the potatoes that we're hoping have matured under cover, but I may be wrong...the weather here is pretty unpredictable, so we'll see.
We did wind up with a couple of surprises this week, though...a few delicious strawberries (who knew those would come back around?), three whole, ripe Mystery Melons (notice the rind in the photo below...it's supposed to look like that...and not like the one we had a week ago), and a bunch of Dave's Happy Yummy Peppers (notice the two different looking, orange peppers below? They both came from the same plant. Interesting, right?)
Man, will I miss the variety that we've been blessed with this year once the garden is really put to rest. I've fallen in love with all of the colors that came out of the yard this season!!!
Oh! On a bit of a bummer note...I found an error in our monetary tally sheet. It turns out I was crediting us twice for our eggs. We can't say the chickens pay for themselves and then also count the eggs as income on the garden sheet, now can we? well, at least not honestly ;-) I got it fixed, but am feeling quite frustrated as 1) I made such a silly mistake and 2) I thought we were really close to meeting our goal for the year. I'm really not so sure anymore since the bulk of our final crops came in last week. After all this, I did wind up amortizing our drip irrigation costs from 2012 thru 2014. I couldn't bear looking at such a huge number, so I spread it out a bit. Oh well...
Anyhow, in egg related news, our Ladies have slowed their laying down considerably with only 43 eggs this week. It's been steadily going down for the past couple of weeks with our shorter and cooler days, but to pull 6 a day from the nesting boxes instead of the 13 we were getting at the height of summer is quite a drastic fall. It's OK though, we couldn't keep up with their production at it's peak anyway ;-)
|Mystery Melon, Happy Yummy Peppers, Italian Heirloom Tomatoes & Lemon Cukes|
|Daphne's Cherokee Purple Tomatoes & Trail of Tear Beans, Romas Tomatoes, |
Tomatillos & Lemon Cukes
|The tiniest German Butterball Potatoes. |
We kinda forgot about this bin so it's a wonder we got any ;-)
|More cukes and more tomatoes. |
OH...and a couple of random strawberries!!! Who knew???
|Love = an Italian Heirloom|
|Orange Flesh Purple Smudge Tomato|
|An almost ripe Pie Pumpkin. We'll see about this one...|
This weeks totals:
- Granny Smith = 1 lb 10 oz
- Red Fuji = 1 lb
- Golden Delicious = 4 lb 6 oz
- Gala = 3 lb 12 oz
- Chard = 2 oz
- Lemon = 6 lb 4 oz
- Mystery = 1 lb
- Mixed Greens = 2 oz
- Mystery Melon = 6 lb 9 oz
- Pears = 8 oz
- Happy Yummy = 10 oz
- Jalapeno = 1 oz
- Pole Beans = 2 oz
- Potatoes (German Butterballs) = 10 oz
- Pumpkins (Pie) = 11 lb 12 oz
- Strawberries = 1 oz
- Tomatillos = 2 lb 11 oz
- Tomatoes = 11 lb 5 oz
- Eggs = 43
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
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