This Garden Season is Over

My Garden,

I used the last  leeks from my garden in the turkey stuffing last week.  We had Thanksgiving a week early.  The garden has stopped producing for another season. As usual this garden season had successes and failures.  The 2 biggest failures, well 3 were corn, strawberries and rutabagas, I didn’t get any of them.

Successes were asparagus, spinach, peas, tomatoes, cukes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and rhubarb.  I tried buttercup winter squash for the first time this year, I like the butternut better.  I will give the buttercup another try, I still have seeds.

I have planted my garlic cloves for next year, so am I done??  NO. I still want to add 3-4 inches of horse manure to my asparagus and rhubarb beds, and spread compost and lime over the rest of my garden. Then I’ll be done.

My garden is fenced because of the deer, rabbits and woodchucks, I have all of them.  I’ve been letting my chickens (6, one day old baby chicks April 4th 2012) into my garden now that it is done for the season. So they have been scratching and eating cutworms, grubs and any other little creatures they find.They are eating a lot of earthworms also. When they were 5-6 weeks old I thought they were defective chickens, they would not eat an earthworm. Now that they are laying eggs they slurp them down like spaghetti. I think they need the food energy to make eggs.  I’ve heard some people eat earthworms, I like mine processed, as in the form of a fresh chicken egg.

Ed

Chickens roosting in their run.

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