We have inspired a co-worker at my husbands work to put his house on the market so he can find a bigger piece of land and do what we are doing. This is such a great feeling. His house went on the market on Monday.

We made it through

Our 8 hours of work on Sunday (two of us) paid off as we made it through Sandy. All greenhouses still intact and the veggies in the garden survived as well. After pulling off the remay on Sunday and securing that so it wouldn’t blow around, we discovered we have broccoli. Heads about 2 inches wide but they look really good. I know lots of our customers have been waiting for our broccoli. Soon, very soon!

Still plenty of green around…

What a great feeling November 1st is just around the corner and we still have plenty of vegetables available. Just some random pictures of how things are looking.

spinach, turnips, radishes, parsley shown here

Greenhouse #1: carrots, leeks, spinach, radishes and turnips

Table of greens: lettuce mix, spinach, turnips, romaine, radishes

Head lettuce is starting to look really good.

We seem to have acquired a cat. It’s black with really cool green eyes. I think it’s a young cat, thin and very hungry – we have been feeding it. And finally, we have begun construction again on the homestead. We only seem to have the time in October to November. It’s nice to finally tackle this again after waiting for a year.

Garlic Planting

This weekend is our garlic planting weekend. We always try and plant around Columbus Day weekend. This year we saved all of our nice big bulbs that we grew this summer (and there were some really nice ones!) for seeds. For those of you who don’t know, you take apart the bulbs and each clove is your seed. The bigger clove, the better. Today I planted 302 of the Georgian Fire. I also took them all apart this morning. I just finished taken apart the German Extra Hardy ones and they total 676, plus I added more of the Georgian Fire so this year’s total garlic seeds to be planted will be 1,032!!! Yeah – our first year over 1,000. I hope to finish planting these tomorrow and then one more thing off the list. Take a look at these pictures. Some of these cloves are huge – look at them compared to the quarter in the picture.

The box to the left (below) are seed garlic bulbs. The box to the right are the bulbs broken down to cloves. 1,032 seed garlic this year. Looking forward to next year’s garlic harvest!