What Else Is Going On

By far the most photogenic, adorable things around here are the new puppies.  It has been a lot of fun to watch them grow.  We have been spending time on a few other things though. We had a really nice garden this year.  Lots of peas, beans and tomatoes.

tomatoes beans

Our potatoes were much better than last year.  The plants were big and healthy -over waist high.

peas and potatoes

We dug at least 40 or 50 pounds of potatoes; Satina, Russet Burbank, and Yukon Golds.  All the varieties did really well.  Here are just a few of the Yukon Golds.

wheelbarrow of potatoes

We have had a lot of rain in October – almost 16 inches.  Then a freeze down to 25 degrees, so the garden was through.  Last week we had a couple of nice dry, warm days so we worked in the garden pulling out the remains of the plants, liming and fertilizing and tilling and generally getting it all ready for winter.  We let the chickens in since all the crops had already been harvested.

garden w chickens

They quite enjoyed being out of their little yard and foraging in new territory.  After a while though, they discovered that out the garden fence is the orchard.  In the orchard are fruit trees.

tree w bulbs

At the base of the fruit trees is the nice soft dirt where I just planted tulips and daffodils.

tulip bag (2)

bulbs planted

The chickens thought it was great fun to dig in the nice soft dirt – and they almost had the bulbs exposed.  So their sojurn outside their run was a brief one.  Dumb chickens.

After we took out all the old plants, we fertilized the soil a bit and Rick tilled it in.

tilling

Now we have to get it covered – if you don’t cover the soil around here the rain and snow leach out all the good stuff you just worked in – and it will be ready to plant in the spring.  We’ve had rain the past few days and yesterday the snow level dropped, so we need to get the plastic on before the snow arrives down here.

snow on mountains

The snow level is expected to drop to 500 feet or less in the next couple of days. It is already low on the mountains all around us.

snow level

We have had some rain – about five inches so far in November – which  has given us some incredible cloud formations and sunsets we have really enjoyed.

sky 2

sky

So there you have it – we have been doing something besides playing with the puppies.

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