Autumn at the Farm

Hello everyone! I can’t believe how quickly summer flew by. It seems like yesterday that we harvested all kinds of fruits and veggies from our orchards and garden.

I know it’s been a little while since you all heard from me. I’ve been sooooo busy! I just wanted to pop in and give you a little update about what’s been going on over at the farm.

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The leaves are starting to change colors and fall from their branches. It makes for beautiful photographs but I don’t look forward to raking up all those leaves! Our muscadine vines have been fully harvested for a while and now the leaves are changing to bright yellow and falling. Once it cools off some more we’re going to be working to move and replace a few vines we lost over the summer. I’m thinking we may use the extra space to add in a new row of blackberries. Those blackberries seem to grow double every year and are very heat & drought tolerant. That’s almost a necessity the last few summers we’ve had around here!

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The tree between the driveway fell earlier this year during a storm. Yes….we’re lucky it fell away from the house but it did fall on our SUV. No worries though, it only damaged the windshield which was easily replaceable. Now that the tree is gone it sure looked extra naked at first. These Mexican petunias have taken over the area and have kept the bees busy all summer. There are a lot of purple but there are a few pink and white mixed in too!

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The bees are making last minute preparations for winter. It was a really windy day when I took this picture and they didn’t like it one bit. There were only a few brave enough to stick their heads out! When we harvested we left half of the honey for them so they’d have enough to overwinter. 

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We have lots of projects in various stages of completion. We worked on painting the kitchen a few weeks ago. I’m sorry I don’t have a “before” picture but if you can just imagine fire engine red walls with white headboard and pictures of poppies. That’s what THIS replaces. We repainted the wall using Perfect Greige from the HGTV Collection by Sherwin Williams. One of my friends sold us these old windows and I cleaned them up to hang. We got lucky and found two of these fall mini-wreaths at Home Goods. Emily picked up another at TJ Maxx.

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We plan on switching out the mini-wreaths for each season. I’m already thinking holly, cedar, pine or some other Christmas evergreen for winter.

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Our plans this weekend are full! We’re planting our fall/winter garden. All the seeds and bulbs come from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We will plant onions, garlic, lettuce, carrots, spinach, arugula, parsnips and butternut squash. Oh yes and kale. Kale is yummy chopped raw in salads. We’ve already got some turnips planted for greens. Rain has kept us from finishing up the planting but it looks like the weather will hold out for the weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what’s been going on around the farm!

 

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