Garden update, early September, and lessons learned….

So, a spectacular harvest, and much to put up yet…and we have learned so much this season!
next year, definitely, I will splurge on the special greenhouse rope for tomatoes…because the twine started to break early September, and my poor tomatoes started falling…(after hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, I don’t blame them..)
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Also, labels for plants are awesome, and super handy…and much more useful when written with a sharpie, and not one of your children’s colored markers (wAshable, whoops) which disappear when wAtered…😆
Which made for a few interesting vegetable beds, which were a mystery until they started to turn into broccoli, or cabbage, or brussel sprouts, or whatever..

Also, when picking green beans..its best to pick them, take a break, and come back and pick them again….cause those suckers are great at hiding, and need to be approached from many different angles to most efficiently find them. I’ve been getting almost 5 lbs per bed of 16 plants every other day, YIKES!
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Also, that recommended spacing on the seed packet, that seems excessive….well they mean it, eggplants and tomatoes need a lot of space….and squash definitely has boundary issues, being given a TON of space, it is encroaching my greens, and green beans….but
Anyhoo

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We are all done with the second planting of the greenhouse, planting carrots where the cucumbers were, spinach under the first cherry tomatoes, beets under the peppers which are almost done, and kale under the last of the tomatoes…chard will go in once I’ve cleared the last of the tomatoes…

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The meat birds are done, the turkeys are getting big!

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The solarium is overflowing with greens!

The rabbits are breeding like, well, rabbits.
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The beets really loved being planted a bed of 100% compost, with sand mixed in…

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With as many chickens as we have ..(I don’t know how many we have, the little fluffy buggers move to fast for me to count..) we are only getting a couple of eggs a day. We have at least 17 youngins, who we are waiting patiently for them to start laying, but from now on, I think we will get new layers every year, a few, so they don’t all stop at once….lesson learned!
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Some more pictures!
Such a wonderful summer!

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