We do not have near as much to do now in the garden in the way of maintaining the vegetables but there is a lot to do to get ready for winter. We have gotten a start at cleaning out the pens in the barn and taking the manure and putting it in windrows on the garden to set there for the winter and be spread in the spring before working the ground. We used the pickup truck this week but it is rather heavy for the garden ground and causes a bit of compaction. We must repair a wagon box to carry the manure so a we can use the horses. The ground will soon get too soft to use the truck and if we get a bit of freezing then it will be too slippery for the truck as well. The horses will be able to handle it for a bit longer. We could also use a horse drawn sleigh if the wagon becomes unsuitable but that would only be if we get a bit of snow and then we probably won’t want to draw manure.
We still have not got a good start on fire wood gathering but as last week saw the last Thursday CSA pickup and this Tuesday will be the last Tuesday CSA pick up, we will then have two extra days to give over to all the work needed to be done.
We still must plant the garlic and that will need about 10 hours of work by two of us. The ground is ready and after planting we will apply a thick layer of mulch.
There are still apples to be gathered as well so there is no shortage of work that needs to be completed, not just started, during the next 7 to 10 days. There are more photos at our Facebook page.