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This made me laugh on so many levels 🙂 

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Just got back from the farm… whew, it just never stops!  As sad as this day is to me, I’m very grateful for the returns this season… it’s been an outstanding growing season!  And even though I’m trying to get it all buttoned up, it just keeps on growing 🙂  I harvested kale, chard, spinach, beets, carrots, purple top turnips, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even more salad greens.  I took down the two hoop houses… and mulched the new garlic beds… emptied the cisterns… spread the cow, chicken and llama manure.. and now officially pooped! Thyme now for a cup of herbal tea. 🙂

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Our Spring may have gotten off to a slow start, but we’re being rewarded with all this late bounty.  The birds are loving the sunflower seeded heads.. which will save me time and money buying seed in the Spring, from their droppage.

The cobae vine is still a joy to see hanging on to the arbor, along with a few more stoic sunflowers and calendula blossoms.  I’ll have enough sage to stuff a thousand turkeys, and will no doubt be eating kale and chard all winter long!

Forecasters are calling for a super night for all the little goblins weather wise, so do be careful driving, Monday night. Happy Autumn & Halloweenie and have a super weekend, everyone!

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Oh yeah… and if that Buffalo Bills fan is reading this… A case of tissue was shipped via UPS first thing this morn.  NO doubt you’ll need them with all the weeping that will be going on Sunday.  Goooooo Pats!!!  LOL

 

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Early  October and only a light frost here so far. Everyone is saying it’s been their best garden season in a long time. Dry, hot summer days with lots of watering this year. We were rewarded with a glorious harvest. Today after I finished cleaning out the seasonal beds, and setting next years garlic bed, (yes, Jimbo it’s time) I picked the last of my hot peppers for some of my hot pepper jellies, relishes and  hot sauces.

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Support your local farmers!  You wouldn’t be here without them… and I don’t know what I’d do with myself for those eight months every year 🙂

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Well, we finally caught the rabbit that has been tampering in the garden all week!

And her name is Fiona. A certified organic cutie pie, but a little imp! 🙂

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Palm Sunday delivery .. triplets 🙂  Faith, Hope & Promise

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Finally, it’s nearly Spring. I’m saying this with fingers crosses because all of us New Englanders know so well, we can ‘march’ our way right into Spring or take an about face into Winter for another storm or two.. ( or more!) Just when we thought winter was over, Mother Nature has decided that instead of seeing the croccus popping out of the ground on the first day of Spring, she is going to deliver to us a first day of Spring Nor’easter with accumulations of up to a foot in our neck of the woods.

Though the calendar may say spring, on Sunday.. winter won’t be going away quietly for certain.  But the nice part of a spring Nor’easter is that whatever amount of inches of the white stuff we get, it won’t stick around for very long… and may prove to be a nice blanket for the peas I’ve just set. Unlike last winter, I’m back on schedule in the garden this season and for me that means getting the peas into the ground on St Paddy’s day!  As I went about my task I could see the first signs of the season. Only a few spotty patches of snow remained and though muddy, green pastures surrounded me, while last Autumn’s leaves blew aimlessly across the fields. The grapevines and elderberries buds are already plumping up! The tulips, croccus and daffodils are already poking their heads out of the ground and the fall beds of garlic coming along nicely. I’m glad I decided to leave the salt marsh hay over them for another week, with the impending forecast moving in on us.  Once the garden was squared away, my dear friend Bill suggested we head to the local Irish tavern to celebrate the day and fill up on corned beef and cabbage dinner, before we headed to the beach.

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Yesterday was a great day here for spring beachcombing. Sunny, bright blue skies and balmy, for this time of year.. 62 degrees. The tides were out and we found ourselves not wanting to come off the beach after our walk. I saw more people on the beach than I had all winter. The harbor seals could be seen playing in the chilly waters at the end of the the channel. The quohog beds were plentiful and from the looks of it, the gulls had a feast fit for a king. Ayup.. shades of spring are clearly on the way… and the Red Sox opening day, just a couple of weeks away!

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