Back Again At Last

I’m afraid I’ve been sick as the proverbial dog for the last month or so and just haven’t been able to write much of anything, but I’m finally starting to feel a little better and going to try to get back into building up this site.  The weather has settled into winter rains and there’s about three months or so before spring seedlings need to get started so this is the time to do some writing.

In my garden about all I’ve been able to do is cleanup, getting the greenhouse cleaned out and composting the tomato plants, and I’ve been building trellis for raspberries, boysenberries, tayberries and blackberries that went in last March.  I’ve got those pretty much finished, in this climate for digging deep post-holes you have to catch the soil at the right moisture level.  It’s impossible in the summer when the clay and rock are dry, and in the winter the holes fill with water faster than you can dig, there’s a month or so on either side of winter when it works great.  Fortunately I was able to scavenge 100 or so fence posts and maybe 1000′ of #8 steel wire from a local raspberry farm that closed down so I just put it back into use as trellis.

My fall plantings of carrots and beets have succeeded beyond my expectations, the carrots are fantastic, and I suspect it’s mainly thanks to better quality seed than I’ve been using, detailed updates on that coming.

Finally for today, I’ve been eating the heck out of the winter squash, starting with the pepo and now starting the smaller maxima squash.  I’ll be doing some detailed reviews but for now I’ll just say that good delicata is hard to beat but Sunshine is doing its best, at least for quality if not production.

If anyone is reading any of this and finding it interesting, feel free to comment or ask any questions.  I’m happy to send information out into the vacuum but a conversation would be even more interesting.

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