Sadly, the summer gardening season is coming to a close...
We are having nights in the 40's now.
Frost is just around the corner.
Our hay is cut and drying.
If only the weather would cooperate.
(It is to rain for the next few days.)
Hopefully by next weekend we will be able to bale our hay and
stow it in the barns for use over the winter.
This has been a bad summer for hay farmers.
The spring and late summer were very wet here in PA.
In other parts of the country, just the opposite....drought.
This will drive hay prices way up this winter,
and availability will be a problem.
For this reason, it is so very important that we get this last cutting safely put away.
The vegetable garden is a bit of a jungle now.
The last of the fall crops will be harvested over the next few weeks.
Cabbage and tomatillos....
Lettuces and cauliflower....
Broccoli and carrots....
I took a peek at the sweet potato box and found several of these peeking out of the soil...
Using my fingers, I cleaned away the soil,
and found this....
these are the largest sweet potatoes I have ever grown!
After pulling all of that bundle of roots out of the soil,
this is what I had amassed (just from one plant!)
The harvest from just 3 plants filled my entire basket.
I will store these sweets like I did last year...
in a bin of pine shavings,
in our cold cellar
which stays a constant 58 to 60 degrees.
Last year's sweets lasted until this past June.
They are great keepers and so, so yummy!
PS....Little Leo has happily settled into barn life.
His days are filled with a myriad of adventures...
running, jumping, hiding, hunting, tumbling here and there as
he plays with the dogs, cats and chickens.
This kitty is not a bit shy.
In no time he will be King of the Barn...
King Leo the Lionhearted!