Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Uncovering broccoli & artichoke in the morning + pea harvest

I covered the broccoli plants with fabric and plastic sheeting last night since it was getting down in the 30s. When I woke up in the morning, I uncovered the broccoli, the artichoke, and double covered the pineapple plants I put in the greenhouse.


While I was uncovering the plants, I harvested some peas, peppers, and figs as well. The hornets are still ferocious even in the cold mornings just to get their fill of figs for breakfast--I don't blame them.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Tomato, fig harvest & fig jam + pics of the broccoli garden

I posted some pictures of the spider webs that are magnificent works of art when the morning dew rests on them.




Also, since the nights have been cold, I made sure to cover the broccoli plants before then.

corn. turnip, greens growing on mound



I didn't taken a picture of the peas in the garden, but I have peas ready to be picked. Here I have a tomato and fig harvest.


The figs were processed with some apples that I bought from an orchard with organic sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. 
fig jam that's left after eating several jars already!

I bought fuyu persimmons from the store-they taste like pumpkin pie!

Old chicken of the woods mushrooms + paw paw grove + tomato harvest



Much of the chicken of the woods mushrooms I see are always growing at the bottom of an oak tree, usually at the base or around the roots among the leaves.



These mushrooms were growing all over the woods after the heavy rainfall

paw paw grove behind my house

pasta dinner with dehydrated & fresh garden tomatoes 
The snail is so cute...
tomato harvest 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Mulching food forest/garden + scarecrow halloween + harvest (VIDEO)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fig Harvest Jam, Potato harvest, & photos I took from LGBTQ+ Pride Festival in my town

potato harvest from grow bags

Chicago hardy figs 

Fig jam (figs mixed with apples, boiled with organic sugar, vanilla, & lemon juice)








Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Garden harvest, broccoli growing larger, & visiting the orchard

Granny and me at the orchard







Friday, September 29, 2017

Harvested lots of figs, tomatoes, & pear



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

More Fig Jam & Dehydrated tomatoes made from the food forest garden

fig harvest + dehydrated tomatoes 

figs into jam

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fig jam & dehydrated figs + tomato harvest




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fig Harvest from the last two days & making fig jam

yesterday's fig harvest

fig jam

today's harvesting & going to make more fig jam

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall garden of corn, peas, lettuces, broccoli, & LOTS OF FIGS

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Turnip greens, potatoes, tomatoes from the garden for dinner


The jars contain the dried figs that I picked and dehydrated yesterday. So many figs I dried fit into four tiny jars. I ended up eating lots of the figs as they were drying. The fresh figs taste like strawberry jam, while the dried figs taste like dried blueberries.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

So many figs that I have to dehydrate them


Monday, September 18, 2017

Bounty of figs food forest

Over 50 big juicy figs

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Another HUGE FIG HARVEST from the food forest + garden dinner


With the garden tomatoes and cucumber, I made a pasta salad with Italian dressing

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sowing cold hardy veggies for fall garden + BIG FIG & potato harvest

Today I cleaned up the hugelkultur garden, using the weeds as mulch between the walkways. With wood, I framed the hugelkultur mounds to contain the compost.

After cleaning the mounds and adding the wood around the mounds, I then reused the compost from the potato grow bags to put on the mounds. I had a small potato harvest.


Then I sowed Buttercrunch and Black seeded Simpson lettuce, cauliflower, purple top turnip, nantes carrot, spinach, chives, garlic chives, and broccoli seed within the mounds.

back view of first mound: peas, lettuce, spinach, turnips, corn, lettuce, broccoli
front view

back view of second mound: I sowed broccoli, lettuce, & garlic chives

Back view of third mound: broccoli, cauliflower, chives, & artichoke

front view: artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, chives
Peas are growing on the fourth and fifth hugelkultur mound...



Also, look at how many figs I picked today-- I believe that's 24 figs!