Mother Earth, I am blessed. Here it is almost November and our vines have delivered another 18 pounds of perfect pickling cucumbers. This batch of pickles may be the last for the year, and then I will decide if I want to import from California to make batches of pickles during the next couple of months.
Here is a photo of our vines, taken today during a break in the storm:
You can see that the vines still look pretty lively for this late in the season. This is one of our new beds that gets southern exposure and heat radiated from the house on the north side. It's such a sweet, productive spot, and we'll be planting winter crops in these beds soon, too.
And that's probably why the hens have gathered nearby here this afternoon to soak up the sheltered sun. There's been no sign of molting yet, and they're still laying well. (especially since we discovered that they were laying eggs in the tomato bed and so have changed their ranging schedule to encourage use of the nest boxes. ahem.)
I am just beginning to recover from my illness. Today I have done more than any day since 10/8. I had to force myself out to pick the cucumbers, and I'm taking a break now before I put them into crocks because I'm tired.
But it was great to be out in the garden. I'm just stunned by all that's still growing out there. I haven't planted the garlic yet (hopefully will do that this week when E is in school), but there are carrots, beans, pretty summer squashes, chili peppers, eggplants, parsley, winter squashes, onions, leeks, chard and broccoli. All of this is from plantings we did in the spring and early summer. We haven't had "farm hours" here at Curious Farm in a month or so, but I'll send email to a couple of customers to let them know about crops I know they enjoy.
Now I just need to get my energy back so that I can plant the garlic and winter crops. We have never had such bounty here, and I can't wait to see what we're able to grow next year.