Fall Update

It’s hard to believe winter is on its way.  Here at the farm things are slowing down as the blueberry bushes prepare to go into dormancy. IMG_5345

Above you can see our little garden, which flourished this year thanks to the compost we spread all over it from the sheep yard. 🙂 We had a lot of greens (collards, lettuce, chard, kale, spinach, cabbage), some beans, many huge tomatoes, and for a nice change several acorn squash and little pumpkins.  We baked several of the pumpkins whole in our oven which worked great.  Afterward we separated out some of the pumpkin seeds and baked them.  They’re great to snack on.  IMG_5351

In the section above, we just last month planted 200+ Blueray bushes as replacement plants.  Bluerays are large berries with intense flavor, definitely a favorite!
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A view out across the property.  We sold all our sheep earlier this year, except for the pet black sheep.  She was all by herself for a while, but then produced a black ewe lamb who looks just like her, so they keep each other company. We also sold our donkeys a couple months ago, so we are pretty much out of the livestock business.  IMG_5348

This is the zone planted in spring of 2013.  Each of these bushes should bear about a pound of berries next summer.
IMG_5347This zone by the road, planted in fall of 2007, is still holding out well.  Many of the bushes in all the zones are showing a great amount of new growth this year, so we’re really thankful for this after a difficult couple of years of drought and disease. Next project: Pruning the bushes once the leaves drop off.  Maybe we can get a head-start this year before a bunch of snow comes!

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