Sunday, November 8, 2009

Made a Pie and Cleaned the Garden!

I just love pie, made the first apple pie of the season (yes, I know acorns don't come from maple trees, but those are the cookie cutters I found!) I had some dried cranberries, so I took about 2/3 of a cup and cooked them in about 1/3 of a cup of apple cider until they absorbed most all the cider, I also used maple sugar in both the crust and the filling - yummy!


We pulled the trellis out of the garden beds and dug out all the plants except the beets. I raked the beds, then sprinkled some winter rye and winter pea seeds, raked them in gently then mulched. We raked the lawn and took most of the backyard leaves, piled them and ran the mower over them a couple of times. Will got to mow, he was very excited, his first mower experience! Then took the chopped leaves and spread them over the beds. Hopefully the rye and peas will grow then we will chop them up and turn them under early in the spring.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

One day it will not rain

Some day this week I will put the garden to bed! If it stops raining! The plan is to plant a cover crop of winter rye.........


Peter made his Halloween costume this year out of a big sheet of paper - we bought a roll and he taped 4 sheets to make a 10' by 10' square, then he folded it into a walking man - he spent about 2 hours one evening and about 4 hours on Saturday to finish it up. It was beautiful - unfortunately it pretty much melted in the rain, so we are going to get another roll of paper and try it again! Will had the opposite costume! He was "The Blob". We made it out of 3 contractor trash bags and 8 helium balloons! It was great - next time I will use much thinner plastic bags so it is more floaty. Also - FYI - duct tape does not stick really well to plastic contractor trash bags, packing tape is much better! More photos on my flickr page if you want to see more!

Here is the big sheet, and the first couple of folds

The folding continues.........

Beginning to take shape........

The Walking Man - stick holding up the head like a puppet, the walking stick part of the paper - here balancing across the ladder - is actually taped to a real stick so it can be carried around.
Done! It Works!

The Blob! He Lives!