sigh. autumn has officially arrived. the days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler so time has come to prepare the garden for winter and harvest all that remains before the first frost.
thankfully, we had quite the crop of green beens to harvest – just the right amount to make a batch of dilly beans!
if you have a favorite dilly bean recipe, please share!
finally garlic harvest day arrived for our first crop of garlic at our organic valley employee garden!
250 head of garlic makes for a nice sized crop. even after factoring what we’ll use for seed for next years crop and our own personal consumption, we should some left over to pawn off to unsuspecting victims.
after drying for a few weeks we can move from experimenting with scape recipes to finding new and interesting things to do with our small mountain of garlic.
turns out, The Girls, love, love, love the strawberry patch. it’s pretty darned cute to watch them race – and i do mean race – over to the patch when we let them roam free in the yard.
unfortunately they’re going to be pretty bummed when we mow over the strawberries this weekend.
it’s hard to believe the harvest is done and it’s already time to prep for next year.
it’s that time of year! gallons and gallons of raspberries coming to fruition in the garden.
many will be frozen for winter consumption. but i’m sure a few will make it into a pie. or two. and raspberry preserves and sprinkled in yogurt and…
the 250 head of garlic at organic valley hq seems to be doing ok with all the rain we’ve been getting but it’s certainly water-logged and i suppose all the mulch that’s keeping the weeds under control isn’t helping to dry things out.
this is our first year with garlic – is it going to get all moldy or otherwise susceptible to disease? anything i could do if that is the case?
by the way, if you go out to the garden and you see 18 mounds of straw that look like 2 foot high haystacks, i planted potatoes above the ground and mounded over with straw. we’re trying the Laziest Potato Growing Method Ever technique this year.
odin was the first to notice the strawberries were ready for harvest – and harvest he did!
he was a little reluctant to share the bounty. maybe, just maybe, i had to bribe him with the promise of vanilla ice cream to go with them 🙂
i went out to organic valley hq to tend to our employee garden and i noticed the plot maintained by theresa marquez, cropp/organic valley’s chief marketing executive, was just bursting with peas.
so, i might have helped myself to a couple hundred.
just kidding, she said they were there for the taking and i was all too happy to take her up on the offer.
she has an astounding garden, and while picking peas i wondered how many chief marketing executives take the time to tend to an employee garden.
my guess is that the answer is none.