THE LOWER GARDEN-CHICKEN THINGS-LOSS OF A FRIEND-GETTING FOOD IN FOR THE WINTER

3 09 2017

GREETINGS

We have  had mornings of nippy fingers and today its a cold, damp rain.  We need it though as things were getting very dry.  I can’t believe it’s already September.  

THE SIDE YARD GARDEN

This garden has been neglected this year and I am weeding and remaking the garden paths, tying up the apple trees and trimming them.  I am hoping to plant some beets soon.  The blueberry bushes produced  more berries than I ever got.

 I am cutting the  spearmint and tying it into bundles and drying it up in the barn to freshen up the chickens nest boxes during the winter.  I have other,mint plants in the front yard to do the same with.  After they are all dry I will mix them with lavender and a few other herbs and store them, keeping a few branches to hang in the coop  It does help to keep the coop smelling better during the long winter days.

A GREEN HOUSE FOR THE CHICKENS 

Every year at this time I think about a nice greenhouse for the chickens to go in during the long winter.  More space to run around and some fresh air.  I always get so busy in the fall and it doesn’t get done.  I bought a make your own greenhouse book at the Library Book sale at the Heath Fair and I am planning on seeing what I can do.  Nothing elaborate and something I can put up and take down every year.    I would like to find some old windows.  It takes time and I never seem to have enough of it in the fall.

LOOSING A FRIEND

Our community lost a friend, mentor and Volunteer Fireman Harry Dunning.  His wife Jane took loving care of him through the long illness.  The service for him was beautiful and inspiring.    In sadness there is beauty and it surely was in that Church on Saturday.  

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR

I will be vending at the fair this year again.  One thing that I have done is take an old ,broken down wooden tool carrier and fixed it as best as I could and pickle painted it.  It will be perfect for my bags of wool for needle felting .    I look forward to the show, good company and lots of excitement and return customers makes it a fun weekend.  Pan to have lots of new handmade items there.

STORING FOR THE WINTER

Today hops and catnip are being dried in the dehydrator the smell permeates the house.

 Catnip did well where I placed it this year, plenty of sun is what it needed.   I bought some Pennyroyal from Sue Bates also and it is living near the catnip and it loves it there.  Its next on my list to dry.  Susan has the best plants and always brings them to The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool show.   She is at Brimfield this week, check out her booth at Quaker Acres.

I picked a pail full  of hops this week and they will be going into dream pillows today.

The small Hazel Nut tree produced a box full of nuts.  They are safely in the car for drying, which was the suggestion on the internet.  I think I got them just in time as some of them were ripe.

 

I am now getting Roma tomatoes and today will get them in the freezer.  Peppers are on the agenda too and so far I have one large bag in the freezer.   I need about 6 large bags to get me through the winter.

BANTAM HENS

 

Morticia and her daughter Violet have been nesting for months now.  I have separated the side yard chicken area and they along with Opal who had the sneezes when I got her, will go outside in the converted dog house tonight.    They all need to change their life styles!!!!!!!In another month they will all come in and I hope to have the big front coop separated so the Bantams have their own space.  Eventually I hope to have all Bantams as they need less room and require less work..

Many thanks for reading my blog today.   The leaves are just starting to turn on Route 2, It looks like a fabulous fall.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 





WOOD, HAY AND SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN ONE DAY-NEW FREEZER

21 09 2014

GREETINGS

Carol K.

Carol K.

 

It’s a rainy Sunday a good day to get some things done.

WOOD HAY AND THE SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN  ONE DAY

What a day I was exhausted from it.  Up at the crack of dawn and down to FLorence by 8am.  I didn’t know what to expect but was really pleased by the crowds and next year I will know exactly what to bring.   Susan came up from Ashby and we both had a good day.The Lovely ladies from WOol and Dye WOrks were there and everyone from the CHurch were so helpful.

HAY

It's a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

It’s a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

I was only home an hour before Josh called for the hay.  50 bales are tucked in the barn  I really have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people and Josh and his family are some of them.  When they found out that I would be out of hay before they could come his Dad came over with three bales to get me through.

Wood

Mike came about an hour after that with wood.  It will take me about 2 weeks to get it stacked on the porch.  Good exercise for me.  I will do a little every day.  Mike grows shiitake  mushrooms and left me with a small bag of them.  I am going to use them in a stir fry tonight..  He is also making the large knitting needles that I sell.  This year I am going to have him make a smaller version of them and try them out knitting a scarf  I think it will be good.  Easier to manage.

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NEW FREEZER

David took me to get a new freezer on Friday.  The last flood ruined my old one.  And  now I will use it to store grain in.  I hope to reduce my trips into Greenfield this winter by stocking up on all supplies.  The freezer is on the porch till I move some things around in the kitchen to make room for it.  

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This past week has been a whirlwind of activity.  We had a simple but beautiful service for my Mom on Monday with my friend Vicar Jane officiating.  Still some loose ends to tie up but I am hoping that this week the pace of life will slow down here at the farm.  I will be doing another box of tomatoes now that I have the freezer and hope to do more pickles and some pickled beets this week.  

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy the day.   Carole





SUFLOWERS, PUTTING FOOD AWAY MORE HAY COLLECTING SEED PODS

10 10 2013

Hello

SUNFLOWERS

 

Well the sunflowers are almost done. IMG_1539               I still have to cut out leaves and glue them to the sticks.  These sunflowers are very time-consuming but I do love them.  They were popular at the show last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAY

I am getting another 50 bales of hay on Sunday. That will last me through Thanksgiving.    This is good hay and the sheep love it.

 

PUTTING FOOD AWAY Today

I froze the green beans, and 10 ears of corn. 

Tomorrow I will finish the tomatoes and cut up the peppers and get them into the freezer.  I have a vegetable soup going for  supper tonight, that sure will taste good on a chilly night.  I guess we didn’t have a frost this morning but it sure did come close.  I will be working on getting the chickens inside over the weekend.

COLLECTING SEED PODS

The other day I collected these seed pods from the purple runner beans. 

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There weren’t many of them and the purple runner beans took so much longer to grow and flower  I think that the front of the house where I have grown scarlet runner beans in the past gets more sun.  I will plant these seeds in the front next year.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for reading my blog.    Carole





MAKING AND FREEZING TOMATO SAUCE-RECYCLING OLD CLOTHES

21 08 2012

Hello

Well I am finishing up the day doing something I did not even think about this morning.  On my way back from the Farmers Cooperative I stopped at my local farm stand to get some corn.  The farmer stopped to talk and I asked him if I could have a box of tomatoes tomorrow.  Well they had them today.

 They are all medium tomatoes and are just ripe for making sauce.  I make my sauce in the crock pot.  It takes about 4 hours to cook and meld all the flavors together.  I used about 25 tomatoes and put them into boiling water  for about 3 minutes  and then into cold water.  After taking off the skins I cut them into quarters and put them into the pot.   I cut up some onions, peppers and garlic, sautéed them with fresh picked basil, oregano, fresh bay , fresh rosemary and a good olive oil.    This then

went into the pot.  After this is done I will add a small amount of sugar to cut the acid and put them into freezer containers.   In the winter I will use them in soups, spaghetti sauces. goulash and many more things.  I found this to be an easy way to get the job done and you are not standing over a hot stove for most of the day.

THE HENS

 

 

  No news on the hatching front.  Soon I hope.

 

This is a rug I crocheted in FLorida last winter.  It’s a small rug that I now use in front of my back door.  Its probably 3 feet by 2 feet.  It  is made from old torn sheets, nightgowns and other clothes.  There is a single sheet and a full size sheet in this plus the clothes.  It didn’t take long to make and will last a long time a second use for the clothing and sheets that are in it.  I do love  recycling like this.

 

GOOD DAY TO YOU