Saturday, October 14, 2017

Curing in Autumn

 Adam is making more leaves. These are smoother, with fewer bubbles. Here's the first big one he did, painted.


I suppose he has about 15 leaves of various sizes in various stages of development. They should dry (or cure) slowly over the winter. Above you see a Japanese Magnolia leaf. He embedded a hook in the back.
 He smoothed the back of the big leaf. The two green hostas above will have light green veins.
Our new puppy, Trixie, wants to help sort pecans.

 Some friends have said it's too early for pecans, that they won't be fully developed. But from reading on two state extension websites, if the pecans are dropping naturally (not from wind), and the husks are dry and fully open (or off entirely), then the pecans should be fully developed, after curing. Curing, or drying, should take about 10 days.

 Adam dug all the sweet potatoes. Here they are, drying ... curing ... on our front porch, on wire racks.
 Some are tiny. Some are mammoth.

They also cure about 10 days.
And I have a steady stream of loofahs coming through their process of curing, deseeding, cleaning, bleaching.
Our small 2nd crop of white potatoes are coming along. I wasn't going to sneak a peak, but then one potato was showing already ....
 My Blue Lake green bean plants are looking very bedraggled from bugs, but I got another bag of beans today. I've been blanching and freezing them.
 Here's Adam's new compost pile inside the garden fence. Beyond the fence you see the big field our friend bush-hogged for us. It looks so good! 
 All the grass out there will eventually be raked into this pile too.
I have one remaining cherry tomato plant in the garden that's bearing. It was a volunteer, I think. I thought it was declining, but it seemed to get a second wind!


It has lots of blooms and green tomatoes, and plenty of red ones too. I picked a handful of about 20 today.
I'll take that! 
I love how the produce of a small farm changes so much from season to season. Some crops come around a second time (since we have a long growing season). Some come in bursts -- like Adam's leaf-making. He can only do it now, when the leaves are mature. In a couple of weeks, all these leaves will be yellow and dying. And elephant ears won't be big again until mid-summer. I like that we live in a dance-like comradery with these seasonal shifts of nature. I love that at any given time I can have eggs and nuts and beans and peas and tomatoes and herbs from my own plot of earth. That is quite rewarding.


  1. Very rewarding and fun! (and work)

  2. I can't get enough of your composting and mulching photos. I love that side of gardening. I've finally accepted that autumn is here. We went for a 10km walk in the Kent woods today and collected acorns for a squirrel that has started visiting us every day.

  3. Isn't this a busy time of the year . . . so much to do to get ready for winter. I love the leaves that your husband is making :)
    Found your follow by email button :)
    Have a lovely day.
    Connie :)

  4. What wonderful farm news. I enjoyed it all.

    The leaves are GREAT!

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

  5. That land just keeps on producing! And you two are so full of ideas! Is Trixie a sheltie? (shelty?)


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