Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dreary

A quick snap from the back porch this morning. It is damp 34 degrees here. The trees are dark. I hear dripping from the leaves. The sun hasn't been out for what feels like weeks. The woods are quiet. I feel like I am at camp. All that is missing is the river and the rocks.

Mom had some old single pane storm windows she set up last week in the hoop bed. We need to look for some cold frame windows at Construction Junction the next time we are down that way. The lettuce seems to like it so far.

The garden is pretty much tucked in for winter. There are a few rogue beets I need to pull. A friend suggested we cover the carrots and dig them as we eat them this winter. Thought I'd give it a try? Still need to pull the parsnips. Not sure what to do with them yet?

Radishes are growing well under here. I only managed to break one window (numb fingers) before Mom drilled a hole in the frames and wired them together so they would stand.

The guys busted out the wood shed this week. I am so ready to start filling it! Shingles are next and we are thinking of maybe building a more permanent chicken coop off of the back. Wood first..chickens later! Happy Saturday to you all!!

18 comments:

Earth Mama said...

We too are suffering from the dreariness of this PA weather. Luckily we got a lot of winter garden prep done last week, otherwise I'd feel so couped up. I love seeing your methods of over winter gardeing.

Kelly said...

Nice wood shed!

dmoms said...

dreary is right! I've just come back in from 3 hours on soccer sidelines. time for soup!1

Michelle said...

The homestead is coming right along! I love that you and your mom do these things together...my mom would sooner gouge her eyes out than garden...lol! She is interested in canning tho...jams and maybe some tomatoes. Hopefully we can squeeze in a batch before winter really gets here...xoxoxo

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Your garden looks so organized...I love it. Very nice with the coldframes and shed. I want to have chickens too... but unfortunatly I am too chicken.
How is your knitting going?

Heather said...

Dreary just means we can start planning for next year! I am planning bees. Can't wait. Where do you get your supplies. I have the book you suggested and it had suggested suppliers. Bee-commerce being one. What do you think?

Josie said...

i just found you blog through heathers blog. i love it! look forward to reading more. sorry you guys are so chilly already- we are still in shorts down here in texas.

Chiot's Run said...

Everything looks GREAT! A chicken coop, how exciting!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I've been wanting hubby to build me a cold frame. I'm definitely going to show him this post and hope he gets inspired. Can wait to see what you grow in it. -Jackie

Jessica said...

I just spent some time out in the garden today as well getting things ready for winter and planting an heirloom rhubarb plant that was gifted to me...it was the perfect day for it since it has been very dreary here!

Lily Boot said...

what a beautiful post - the cold, still, quietness seeped through your photos so mysteriously. And yet - you're still so busy - what a mum! Drilling through window panes and all. And chickens - one of our neighbours has chickens and I love listening to them clucking - they're like a little choir two or three times a day! Good luck with your lettuces and wood shed - and carrots. Parsnips - mmm .... I made parsnip soup from Jane Grigson's excellent book Vegetables - unfortunately no one liked it - they have such a strong taste. If you find something good, make sure you post it!

Seeds in the City. said...

oh, I'm curious to see how the carrot plan works out. The garden looks so cozy and fall!

great wood shed!

Cliff W said...

I love reading your blog and the great comments. Personally, I erected a polytunnel this summer - I gave up on the idea of coldframes, although one day maybe - and I'm planning all kinds of veggies and having a space where I can work "outdoors" in the winter and stay warm and dry! Any bee news?

Nancy said...

Love everything you do on the homestead. Nice wood shed too. Hope you'll share a photo when it's full. I'd love to sit in front of a fire.

We got a break from the dreary weather; sun and 70 yesterday and same forecast for today and tomorrow. What a relief! We even opened the sliding door yesterday and let the fresh air in. Felt so good.

gardenmama said...

Great wood shed Leigh!
We seem to be slowly whittling away each weekend bringing in wood to store in our basement... we have already had many fires in the woodstoves it certainly is getting chilly! Still lots of work for me to get done in the gardens, this time of year I just seem to want to curl up in front of the fire : ) Everything is looking good at your place!

farmama said...

Wow....34 is cold! The cold frame and the woodshed look wonderful! Very good job!
Stay warm!
Love, Sara

P said...

leave the parsnips where they are until after a frost. From everything I've read, they're supposed to improve after a few frosts (concentrates the sugars).

P said...

oh sorry- what to do with them. I like them roasted in the oven @ 400 for an hour with potatoes, carrots and turnips (olive oil and sea salt first). They're also great butter steamed in a saucepan on the stove. Wish I had some.