Helpers

My gardening crew and I headed out to the swale yesterday to plant a tree and to finish pruning and cleaning up the swale.

Joe was eager to get out there and start digging with “my very own little shovel”…as he put it.

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The chilly wind and reddening leaves told us that fall is not an illusion…it’s really here.

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We planted a black walnut tree in the northernmost section of the swale and did a bit more pruning.

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When we finished mulching the tree, Joe wanted to go check the broccoli we planted for the fall harvest.

Charlie led the way through the swale.

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Every day he has asked me if the broccoli is ready yet…his fingers itching to pull it out of the soil.

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He’s so eager to pull something out of the ground. I keep telling him to be patient, but yesterday it proved to be too difficult. He just couldn’t resist pulling a small cabbage head.

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He fed it to the chickens.

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Everything looks so green in the fall beds. The peas are coming in, some of them ready to eat. So crisp and sweet.

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Almost every broccoli start we planted has a head forming…some of the cauliflower too.

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We trudged wearily back to the house.

Windblown and red-cheeked
Anxious for the cozy warmth
Eager for our lunch

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With the coming frost, it is time to dismantle the watering system and finish the preparations for overwintering the chickens.

A friend who has birds opted not to keep his this winter.

These gals are lucky they are still laying.

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Lucky little hens!
Protected from winter winds
Warm, safe in your coop

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