I am always happy when summer ends. I do not enjoy heat and humidity. I am thrilled that fall has arrived on the calender AND in the weather department! Anybody else?
It is time to make some notes about our winners and losers of summer to wrap things up.
Garden – mostly a disaster. This was the worst weather year we have had, with very cool temps and alot of rain. The weeds took over when it was too wet to work and I never got control of them after that. It was just too much work and I can’t be out in the heat for too long. I need to do a better job next year with mulching to keep the weeds down.
Because of the strange weather the tomatoes did not ripen quickly and when they did, they were mushy, thick skinned, and lacking flavor.
The green beans were so-so. I got a few gallon size bags to put in the freezer.
We did have wonderful cucumber and pepper crops and enjoyed them very much. It looks like there will be alot of fajitas this winter because of all the peppers. yum! We also made a trellis for the cucumbers this year and planted them later to avoid the cucumber beetles that usually plague us.
The new strawberry patch is coming along nicely, as are the raspberries. I am officially giving up on blueberries.
Red New Zealand, Frankie Cucumber Trellis Tommy and Perdy
We put at least 20 rabbits in the freezer for meat so I am pleased with that. We have a couple bred for late fall litters just to keep them from getting out of shape. Some rabbits don’t breed well of you let them have too much time between litters.
The goats stopped giving milk about a week ago – that seems to be their normal cycle, to dry up mid-September- and are ready to be bred, but the buck Tommy doesn’t seem to want the job. He is a bit young yet so I will give him more time. I’m not in a hurry anyway, because goat kids in the middle of winter is really not fun.
I usually buy a batch of chicks in the summer to grow out so that we have a good supply of eggs during the winter but I decided to wait until spring. Our hens are still laying very well and we should have enough eggs if we supplement light.
The rabbits finally got moved to their new area by the chicken coop. That was the #1 project that needed to be done. Everybody is happy now!
As for the future
I may scale back the garden next year. To be honest, I do not really enjoy gardening. If we can come up with a plan to have some raised beds with a better weed barrier edge, then that may change things. But as of now, I haven’t convinced the Hubby that it is necessary and I am not able to do all that labor without help from him. So maybe cut back to a few tomato plants instead of 20+.
We both would rather focus on growing our own meat, since prices are going up and now all the news about meat being processed in China. We have a grass fed steer on order because we don’t have room for that, and can raise the chicken and rabbit ourselves. I can support the local farm markets for any veggies we don’t grow.
Also, I’m putting more time into my business and I enjoy it. I like teaching people how to take care of themselves with essential oils and I don’t want to spread myself too thin while I’m getting it established.
Do you have an end of summer wrap up? I would love to check it out, so leave me a comment or a link.