When CoRielle brought the girls home for berry picking, they and Jamin stayed to help with the fun we were having! Jamin eventually went to show a house; CoRielle stayed for dinner. It turned into a fun and productive day for all. Compromises are fun...I'm still hoping for another berry picking trip.
Michael and Alex were clearing brush and trimming the limbs from the bottom of the trees they planned to fell - all dead from spruce beetles.
Grandpa was enjoying time in the sun.
I had begun harvesting the garden. My hope is to make way for some of the slower growing plants to thrive. It's a race to see if the beets and beans will produce. I planned to turn one of the current beds into a lasagna bed...My no-dig lasagna beds are producing much more food than the traditional raised beds. This raised bed was about 1/3 full of dirt and so I'm filling it with layers of green and brown compost and giving it a better chance at production next year. I had cleared it and harvested cabbage (lots of leaves for the lasagna bed) when the crew showed up.
I weeded around the beds and discovered lots of slugs hiding in the chickweed preparing to broach the walls of the beds. Dastardly pests. Benny arrived in time to happily help spread Epsom salt around beds and plants.
Alex dragging brush to the woods behind the garden. Michael plans a big bonfire when the snow comes.
|Alex, Stacia, Allie, Michael|
|Michael and Alex|
|It's like he deliberately made a spot for this little one....|
After I sent things home with CoRielle I still had lots of kale left. I planted 1/2 the plants I planted last year. I thought about it and decided to try drying kale. I dried 7 trays. We'll see how it turns out. This is todays contribution to the #everybitcountschallenge.
*Note - the kale is great. I was able to reconstitute it and it tastes like fresh kale. I threw some crumbled kale into Grandpa's avocado toast and he didn't notice it. I think it will be great to use for breakfast scrambles, soups and maybe I can sneak it into smoothies too. It's much less offensives when dried and crumbled. LOL