It is now December and the garden is finished for this year, and the cows are eating the plants that were left and fertilizing it for next year.
Well it’s the end of November and the garden is finished except for some hardy broccoli still producing. We went from late summer weather to winter weather over one stormy night with thunder and lightening and strong wind. This is a full month later than last year.
As of Oct 1, 2017 we still have lots of produce available for picking from the garden like broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and more. We thought we would have extensive sweet corn after planting four 150′ rows every two weeks for three plantings, but in spite of a wire fence with small holes at the bottom and the fence bottom buried in the ground, the raccoons have opened up the holes and their army have eaten most of the corn. And the worst of it was all the hundreds of hours of hand weeding wasted. Nature always wins. It is another example of the “99% rule”(check GLEANINGS) in action . Next year it will be electric!!
As of Oct 28. 2016 picking is finished. We have now allowed our cows into the garden to eat what is left and to fertilize the soil for next year.
Our garden and orchard are in a very scenic and spacious part of our property. You will enjoy the natural ambiance. You can ask to see the view from the top of our tower. It’s above the hanger and dance floor.
For some reason the taste of our produce is especially pleasing. Perhaps it is the variety of soils we have here.
Hints for canning and freezing:
When canning, make sure jar, lid and contents are up to boiling temperature and fill jars to about 1/4 inch from rim or closer, but make sure rim is clean when lid is tightened. When cool there will be 1/2 to 3/4 inch space at top and a vacuum sealing the lid so you can remove the screw ring. They will last years since most of the air has been eliminated that was at the top of your product and the air was the only source of bad microbes.
When freezing fill plastic bags with water around contents. Squeeze out extra water from around contents, tie and freeze. Food frozen in a block of ice lasts for years with no freezer burn.
What’s ready for you to pick from our garden and orchard right now:
It is now September. Everything in the garden is now ready to pick. We still have delicious pears. Richelieu and Centennial apples are ready too.
Things have changed a lot in a month. we now have blueberries, raspberries, beans, broccoli, cauliflower (white and purple), some tomatoes, some potatoes, sugar snap peas, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes and sweet cider from the freezer.
Pears will be ready to pick in a week or two. Our Norland apples should be ready mid August. Centennial and Richileau apples will be ready late August or early Sept. Other disease resistant apples varieties will ripen in following weeks until there is a hard freeze.
Plenty of Bodatious sweet corn will be ready in a week or so, and our own variety of creamy yellow potatoes good for boiling, baking and french fries should be plentiful this year. Cylindra beets, melons, dry beans, broccoli, red onions, and many other veggies will be later.
Baby trout have hatched and are about 1 inch long as of May 6, 2016, and about 2″ long July 9, and about 2 1/2′ as of July 16. The trout have found themselves a nursery off one of our ponds and annually produce about 100 babies.
We still have, sweet delicious cylindra beets from storage last year and frozen sweet apple cyder.
In our greenhouse we started plants from seed for this years garden-red onions, leeks, tomatoes of many sorts, several pepper types, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts. etc. and have transplanted them in the gardens.
As of September 1, 2015 we had:
-pears are ripe and will last only a few days. Come pick now.
-more varieties of apples are ready, among them Richelieu
-red onions, carrots, potatoes, more kinds of squashes plus things mentioned before.
As of August 11, 2015
-from the garden we have string beans, broccoli, brocaflour, sugar snap peas, spaghetti squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, and more.
-from the orchard we have YELLOW TRANSPARENT and NORLAND apples.
-Our pears will be ready in the near future and have very little grit. Be sure to check here for the first opportunity to get yours as the season is short and they are the best pears ever. We freeze ours for future “pearcicles” and “smoothys”.
As of Sept 11 most apples are ready too except Wellers StJohn.
Also you can fish for trout in our stocked ponds.
We still have a choice of Golden Retriever pups.
Plane rides possible.
PLEASE CALL 819-876-2528 TO LET US KNOW WHEN YOU WANT TO COME.
Our address is 4945 Stage Road Stanstead East. Stay on the paved road. Button on gate post to open gate. Gate is to keep puppies from running onto road.