Putting the Garden to Bed, Fixing the Dryer, and Taking Trips

| 11/16/2010 1:11:54 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveWow, has it really been that long since I've left a blog post here? Hi folks, I hope you all have been having wonderful adventures at home in garden. I know that I have, and it all will be missed as I tell you about putting the garden to bed.

Every garden year has an end and this year it came on November the 10th for me. Although we had a couple earlier frosts it didn't seem to get to aerial plants such as the tomatoes and green peppers. November 10th was D-day at the Urban Ranch. Every plant was killed by the mid 20s temperature.

Dave in the garden  

As you can plainly see here it's definitely over for everything. However, there is a final harvest. Ripe and green tomatoes still hung on the dried up plants. I really can't complain about this year's harvest. I didn't keep track of the bounty, but it supplied family and friends all summer long with some left for me. Next year the garden will be two beds bigger and better. My goal is to preserve some of the harvest next year. It will be marvelous. You will be able to follow along as I blog about it.

Final Tomato Harvest from the Garden  

Here's the final tomato harvest on November 8th which is way past the date that harvesting should be completed. It was a gift from the pleasant weather we've been having through out October. We had temperatures in the 40s at night with highs during the day in the middle 70s. Seventy degree days in October are not unheard of but for a whole month it is. It caused such a wonderfully long fall to enjoy. The color is still on the trees here.

Nebraska Dave
11/24/2010 10:21:10 PM

@MW, Mountain Man and I are destined to meet somewhere along the road of life. I can just feel it. Our temperature dipped all the way down to 16 degrees last night with weatherman promises to go even farther down to 12 tonight. It’s definitely put an end to anything growing for this year. I’m ready to rest awhile before starting to delve into the inside projects for the winter. I've already posted up the first look at my spot in the basement for the food storage area on my personal blog. It's quite a sight to begin with. I am beginning to have a hankering for winter foods such as hot soup and fresh baked biscuits. Have a great late fall day.

Mountain Woman
11/24/2010 6:16:13 AM

Wow, Dave your garden really produced lots of food. I admire all the tomatoes. Our garden went long this year and I put ours to bed about the same time you did. Still not very cold here but I'm not complaining. Your projects are always so wonderful and interesting to see. I wish you and Mountain Man could meet. Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nebraska Dave
11/17/2010 11:23:35 AM

Cindy, I really miss my time out in the garden and building thnigs for the yard. I am already planning for next year with some pretty different kind of vertical growing. I'm toying with the idea of building an 8 foot support structure over the regular garden bed that would allow me to build another bed about 4 foot up on the structure. It would have to be built to support about six inches of soil. It would be like a 4X8 box above the in ground space. I'm not sure if it will work or how I would water it yet but if it works then I could double the garden space without any more beds. Would that be considered thinking outside the box. To keep me busy this winter I have a basement project that I have mentioned before. I want to take a 6X10 space in the basement and turn it into a food storage pantry. It will require building a short wall with a door, insulating the inside walls, rebuilding the shelves, and running electrical wiring for lighting. That should keep me busy most of the winter. You have any winter projects planned? Have a great day cleaning up the garden areas.

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