Three hours to the northwest everyone is buried in snow. We only received about an inch, and that quickly melted away. I took advantage of warm temperatures and no snow to clean up around the micro farm. Contemplating this blog post I have struggled to come up with and answer to one key question. Why has it been six months since I last blogged? I do not have a good answer. All I know is I found this past summer a difficult season. Again, I do not know why. I had plans to accomplish much more than I did. The micro farm was left on its own too much.
Regardless, I am moving forward. I am already anticipating next spring and summer. This weekend I accomplished a good amount of work at the micro farm. I pulled the remaining vegetables and cut down dead flower stalks.
The micro farm cleaned up, mostly, for winter
I decided to leave the marigolds and other border flowers until spring. Their roots will hold the soil and it will not wash away.
I was able to fill one of my compost bins with plants and stalks so I should have plenty of new compost this spring.
My full compost bin.
I was able to get a fairly good harvest today. Lots of baby carrots, a few beets, a turnip or two, and one rutabaga.
Carrot, beet, and turnip harvest.
The rutabaga harvest. It’s really big. Sorry for not adding to understand the scale.
I was also able to start raspberry cane pruning. I prune the yellow raspberries to the ground.
Yellow raspberry canes cut down
I also started pruning out old “wood” of the red raspberries, but I daylight was going away quickly. The black raspberries are going to be a big effort to get them under control. They are very aggressive growers and I have not been able to manage them to my preferences yet. Maybe next year.
On Friday my friend Dylan and I loaded up three garbage cans of wood chips and brought them to the micro farm. Our local electric utility offers free chips at one of their stations. So we were the “crazy” people loading up wood chips in the middle of November.
Recently mulched path on the right. Old mulch on the left.
I think they look very nice, especially for the price.
The last significant task this weekend was adding pine needles to mulch garlic and other sensitive plants.
The pine needle harvest for this year
I purchased two cranberry plants from a friend this spring and they were give some protection; along with the garlic, blueberries, and strawberries. I planted several types of garlic this past fall. I am not sure what varieties will make it, but it will be fun to see in the spring.
A few more jobs before the winter sets in fully. It will interesting to find out the type of winter we will have.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope your day is filled with laughter, friendship, and delicious food.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.