I got the mowing done, yesterday. Yay! It’s been brutally dry here, but temps in the mid-70’s, breezy, no humidity. Also, Yay! Rain on Sunday, hopefully!
Not much left to do in the garden other than maintenance, clearing beds, mulching for the winter, etc. Waiting for my garlic to arrive.
I’m still contemplating what to make of the last of my orange tomatoes, but I may just chop and freeze them for winter use in soups and casseroles.
Our foster son is here for the weekend to get more of the house painted. Yay!
Haven’t heard from Beau for a few days - he’s in Alaska hunting right now, but they’re living pretty far off the grid; it’s been rainy and they only have stored solar power and with no sun, no solar, no electricity, no charged phones. :(
He said he now officially prefers our ‘primitive’ life on The Farm to life in the wild; never thought I’d hear THAT!
Someone must be getting old, LOL!
I had so many of those tiny yellow pear tomatoes I took the last of them, pierced each one with a toothpick and canned them whole with water and a 1/4 tsp. salt in each 1/4 pint jar. Processed 10 minutes.
Sounds like Beau is missing your cooking!
Gorgeous, productive day! On the mower at 3 - grass was fairly dry (bottom 1/2-1” still a bit wet). Great weather for mowing - didn’t get hot at all.
Front field, both entrances & the ‘yard’ got done. The front pasture (very large) is also done - all of it. I usually divide it into an upper half (where my garden is) & the lower half that has lots of massive pines & is more of a pain to mow. When it’s done, it looks like a park. The lower half is where the wedding guests will park. Tomorrow, I have the 4 back pastures, the stableyard & the old ring to do. That is faster mowing - fewer trees to navigate around.
When I finished the pasture, I had about half an hour of light left for the garden - pulled up my last two tomato plants after picking everything that was bigger than a golf ball. The crows were sitting on my garden fence this morning & evidently two tomatoes were high enough & within reach - they were pecked up pretty badly. They’ll be back tomorrow morning & are in for a surprise - no more tomato plants! One of my jalapenos had totally wilted - pulled that up as well. My little Cardinal Climbing Vines have grabbed the wire trellis I put up last weekend & is half way up - amazing how fast it’s growing.
While I was dumping the garden trash on our ‘compost’ pile, I noticed something “different” on the side of the old horse ring. What was that .... did I see a spot of white? I stared and “it” stared - finally spooked off. It was a beautiful red fox & I was seeing its white-tipped tail. The neighbors, who had chickens, have moved ... I would imagine the fox is missing those chickens. My SIL’s chickens are well-protected so it’s slim pickings next door (the fox was headed in that direction before I spooked it). Foxes I can deal with - coyotes, not so much.