The Last Days of Fall
Due to other circumstances, we have decided that this past year was our last year for our farm garden and we are proceeding full steam ahead on our urban garden. The radish crop was a success until the local deer population made it a failure so the fence solution is tucked away in the building in this picture to be installed first thing in the spring. With the lack of additional nutrients added to the soil with the decimation of our radish crop, I looked around for sources of composted manure. We have some on the farm but it would require a lot of effort and time to get it up to here and scattered out. The farm compost is also full of weed seeds which guarantees a lot more future effort in weeding, for weeds types currently not a problem behind our house.
So after scouting around, I walked into the last place that had any of it in bags still available and bought all they had, 95 bags worth. I carted the bags down and scattered them out using the wheelbarrow and then my kids and wife worked at opening, dumping, spreading the composted manure across the garden. We applied it much much thicker than it recommends on the bag themselves but it will have the rest of the winter to mellow out so I think it will be fine.
We also made a trip down to the farm garden to haul back our our tools, fence posts, hoses and assorted other things that we kept down there that will be useful up here. They are also stored in the nearby shed ready for spring.
Our gourmet group met not to long ago and we were assigned a rustic plum and honey tart (see picture below) for the dessert course. It turned out to be quite delicious. What surprised me the most was the "cream" that got served along side it. It was a sour cream with vanilla bean mixed into it. I couldn't imagine it tasting so good but it did.
As I write this, the Thanksgiving holiday is nearly upon us so most of the week will be preparations for that, giving back to our community, and perhaps a few assorted odds and ends. Then it will be waiting for winter to arrive and hopefully soon after spring.