We have reached the end of official kid related summer, yet our garden's summer still has a few final weeks. This time of year the garden really takes care of itself, our tasks are focused indoors where all of the bounty must be processed and preserved for the longer colder months ahead.
Though the garden still runs about two weeks behind, we are way ahead of our processing compared to last season. Our pickling, freezing and canning is going great. Really just eating all we can and waiting on the final reward, tomatoes ripening for sauce and salsa.
It is also the time of year when we focus on our to do list. The litany of things that must be completed before winter. As we finish final harvests over the next few weeks the garden must be put to bed. Each row will need to be topped with a generous helping of compost, and covered. The best way to do this will be to take it a bed at a time as we finish harvests as not to get too overwhelmed doing the whole thing at once.
We need to take advantage of the temperate days to get outdoor work done. At the top of the list is preparing the granary to become our farrowing space for Mabel and Penelope. The girls will be farrowing this winter, so we really need to get everything done when we are not also battling the cold. As important as what is happening in the garden this time of year is how we balance enjoying the season, while accomplishing everything necessary to make our lives easier this winter as we button up the homestead.