Thursday, October 3, 2013

September recap

September was an awesome month for homesteading: Mother Earth News fair, a garden abundance, cooler weather and a wrap up of chick season!

Mother Earth News fair was awesome as usual. The Brinsea booth was way too cool! I got to check out the Clifton coop and the various incubators and brooders they make. Our chicks hatched in the incubators and hopped around under the EcoGlow all weekend long. Thanks to the fabulous Brinsea crew for letting us join them again this year! 

brooder booth

While I was there I saw a yurt in person. Now I want one! lol Youngest son came with me and we visited the Alpaca's again. They're just so darn cute! I got to meet the main guy from the Earthineer website. I've been a member over there for a year now and really love the community. It was great to be able to chat with him about his new blog design and upcoming features. Hop on over and check it out, there's lots of great info to be found!

We harvested the last of the cucumbers and onions then started on the carrots. Bugs Bunny would be so jealous! I chopped down the remaining corn stalks to use for decorations and rerouted some of the garden fencing to let the chickens in. I picked the pumpkin. Yes 1. I failed at deer fencing 101 this year....I'll do better next year I promise! The dill and sunflowers were hung in the shed to dry, they should be ready any day now. The concord grapes didn't do as well as I would have liked this year, not enough for jam...but I did have plenty to eat!

grow your own food

The flowers are coming in beautifully and I've been able to make tons of bouquets to decorate with and give away. I leave them everywhere! lol The weirdest thing happened in my impatient planter though. It's so bizarre. Every time I look at it I get this feeling that I shouldn't let the kids eat watermelon on that porch any more. I can't quite put my finger on it.......

watermelon planter

I picked up a few giveaways for the blog this month and we started our first one. It ran for 1 week and finished last night. The winner of the Purina feeds egg basket is Jennifer E. Congratulations Jennifer, your basket will be in the mail tomorrow!  

Lastly, I started blogging for Backyard Poultry Magazine's blog! My first post goes live tomorrow so make sure you head over and check it out. I'm so excited to be working with them. I'm joining a stellar team of bloggers over there and I just know you're gonna love the blog. Go check it out!

That's about it. Guinea keet season is officially over when I go to auction in the morning. The garden will finish up this month. I checked and the wood has aged beautifully for our fireplace this fall. The leaves are falling and the time for fall chores has come....bring on the rakes!


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