Harvested my late-planted red potatoes today. From about 8 seeding potatoes to slightly over 2 kg of produce.
Looking forward to roasting a bunch of these up tonight.
The flower opened up on my first pumpkin this morning. With any luck, I'll have one ready to turn into pie by Halloween.
It took 3 hours, but I managed to disassemble an old wooden pallet and built a box for the compost bin. Much like the pallet, the vinyl privacy screen is leftover from a prior project and it makes the box look a little cleaner and more like it's something that belongs.
After taking the photo, I added some 4" hinges on an old door and a latch that had been sitting in my spare parts box for years. Only thing that was new (aside from the screws) was a lock for the latch. Raccoons are smart, so I've no doubt they would have removed the lid for safe snacking. This should keep it shut, and keep the contents from being spread across the yard.
I can't wait to watch the raccoons try to figure this out in the security footage! If they do, I'll have to get more creative.
We repainted our doors a couple years ago, and had half a can of paint leftover. We always figured we could use it for touch ups.
Then we rebuilt the gate to our backyard to make it lighter & more stable. The wood was unpainted & reused from the old garage we tore down, so it wasn't too appealing. Took all summer, but my spouse finally gave me permission to #paint it.
I finally heard the words "you were right, it looks good." Someone needs to mark that on a digital calendar or something...
Our first fall sunflower is now in full bloom. Expecting 4 more over the week with others to follow. Can't wait!
Next year we'll be putting up a gardening box away from the fence, so it'll get a lot more sunlight and these should grow a lot better. Just hope we can get some seeds out of these.
A follow up on this.
After significant debate, we ended up enrolling our eldest in #school. We switched him from the catholic school board to the public school board, because unlike the catholic board, they don't think they can just pray #COVID away.
Also, we weren't feeling comfortable with our money continuing to fund a system that is responsible for the assault, rape, and murder of thousands of #indigenous children in our country through the residential school system.
To move along a path of #reconcilian, we totalled the 1-year's worth of education taxes we sent to the catholic board, and donated an offsetting amount, plus 30%, to our local indigenous education charity and have setup recurring donations to happen twice a year (National Indigenous Day and my birthday). It doesn't really make up for 127 years of abuse & neglect, but it's something we can afford.
Our kids are enrolled in an age-appropriate online course to learn about #Anishinabek culture, and my spouse and I have been taking one ourselves.
We were pretty upset last Spring with the 3-hour sermons our kindergartener had to attend during school that were clearly streamed for a high-school aged demographic.
There's a lot of other reasons for the switch, but those 3 were the biggest.
Unfortunately, this does mean we need to be prepared for more "emergency remote learning" if the Delta variant causes the school to shut down again. We have gone ahead and prepared a homework area. Fingers crossed we don't have to use it too much.
It's been 20 days since we planted the pumpkins, very late in season, in our repurposed sandbox. Theyve grown a lot since then and have begun to send out some tendrils. If I'm lucky and we don't get hit with an early frost, I might get a pumpkin before Hallowe'en.
Time for some more #harvest news.
I've now harvested & devoured my carrots. They weighed in around 550 g. Looks like, in addition to them being over planted, the soil was compacted. As a result, they were all stubby & intergrown. Despite this, they were some of the tastiest carrots I've ever eaten.
This morning I harvested my 1st tomato. There are 11 more in various stages of ripening. Should get quite a few tomato sandwiches and salads out of these guys.
Sadly, the onions were devoured by #raccoons. They ate the whole crop.
My potatoes aren't ready yet, and the pumpkins still haven't reached the flowering stage. If I get 1 pumpkin by the end of October, I'll be happy. As for the potatoes, I hope I get quite a few. We eat potatoes like crazy in this house.
With my bean stalks starting to wither, I picked my 2nd "crop" of the season. Still wasn't very much, but another nice snack for when I'm studying.
The photo below is of the 1st crop. 2nd crop was about twice the size (but I already ate it). Both crops were delicious.
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