Garden Harvesting and Winter Preparation

| 10/23/2017 9:09:00 AM

Adventures of Old Nebraska Dave

I'm not sure where this week went, but I only got to Terra Nova Gardens two days. One day was to fix fence, and the other was to remove all the tomatoes. It seems that something tore a huge hole through the fence. I kind of think that critter stood upright on two legs as there was evidence inside the fence that lead me to believe it was more than just curious neighborhood night critters. Barrels were turned over and things were out of order. The fence that was damaged was a 6-year-old chicken wire fence that needed to be replaced anyway; it was all rusty and crumbly. The chicken wire fence was replaced with a 5-foot steel welded fence with 2-by-4-inch openings. It's a better fence and should last longer.

Terra Nova Fence 2017

This looks like a squash graveyard. The idea when I built this slated wire trellis was to have the squash on the ground and the cucumbers that had been planted behind the squash would climb the trellis. The cucumbers did OK, but they stayed on the ground and the squash took over the trellis. Much to my surprise, the vine borer that kills any kind of vine plant never bothered the cucumbers or the squash. I'm not sure, but perhaps I've stumbled upon a way to confuse the little white moths that lay their eggs on the vine base and allow the their offspring to kill vine plants. I'll give it a try again next year to see if it was a fluke or really is a discovery. 

Squash Bed 2017

The potato crop was a great success this year. I suspect the crop produced somewhere in the vicinity of 50 pounds of potatoes from a patch that was 4-by-28 feet. This picture is just part of the harvest. It's inevitable to stick a few potatoes with the fork while digging them up; that produced 11 quarts of canned potatoes for winter soups.