I have posted about this mini high tunnel plenty before, but there is always something new going on in there. A week ago we put the plastic over the tunnel. Nights are down to the low 30’s and days are in the low 50’s. When the sun is out though, the tunnel, with the plastic on it, can get upwards of mid 70’s and close to 80s, so it has to be watched carefully and vented to be sure things don’t cook in there! That means of course that it needs closing up as the sun goes down, and it’s hard to remember to do it, while cooking dinner and other things are on my mind.
It’s all so worth it though because I have beautiful spinach and radishes coming up in there, and so we will have salads probably till December/January when even this tiny but mighty tunnel winds down. It’s funny the spinach doesn’t die, it just stops growing in December and January, but when February rolls around and the longer days offer the tunnel more sun, it gets very warm in there and it grows while you watch it!
The radishes needed thinning the other day, so I kept the little fellas, they seemed too perfect to cast aside, so we had a radish green salad with blue cheese that night.
This is a puffball mushroom. This variety does not grow huge like the others, to my understanding. I only found one, we cooked it up, and it was very good!
Inside of the the mushroom.
The cooked puffball.
I am so happy to have soup weather again. What is a day without soup? Home canned tomato puree, and loads of dried herbs, and vegetables, and some homemade bone broth. YUM!
We have been enjoying loads of pumpkin seeds. They are a real treat. We had so many pumpkins/squashes, that we grew for the pigs. I let them have some of the seeds (as the seeds are a good natural wormer for them), but usually I take the seeds and give them the pumpkin. I saved the little pie pumpkins for pumpkin puree for breads and pies, for our Thanksgiving table.
There is a lot of Summer in these jars. I have been working hard to grow and forage more herbs and seasonings. Seeing these on the shelf, and being able to use fresh dried herbs is wonderful. I love how good they smell when I open them.
Our Fall pond. It changed a lot over the Summer, we had so much rain this year. It will never be the pond I hoped it would be, but it is still pretty and the wildlife around here loves it.