This Week on the Homestead

Summer is gone, fall is hear and first frost of the year is right around the corner!

This week on our homestead is getting ready for winter! CRAZY!!!!

This will include pulling up the potatoes still in the ground (so I am not doing this in the cold later)

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Potato peaking through
Digging Potatoes
Digging Potatoes
Small pile after being dug
Small pile after being dug
Grandma's favorite potatoes
Grandma’s favorite potatoes
Potato harvest
Potato harvest

The white potatoes didn’t do as well as the reds because they were grown behind the garlic…yah the garlic shades out potatoes…who knew? So next year they will be allowed to get plenty of sun!

Also something interesting about our potatoes is we do NOT hill them. That is right do NOT hill them! The wood chips allows them to fall below the surface and they keep out of the sun…if I do see them peak through, I just place another small layer of chips on top that will do the same as hilling without giving GARGANTUAN mounds of dirt in the garden.

I will pull the rest of the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc off the plants as when the frost hits the flavor and texture of the vegetables can become 😝

Tomato plant take down
Tomato plant take down
Leftover tomatoes
Leftover tomatoes
Leftover cucumbers
Leftover cucumbers
Cucumber takedown
Cucumber takedown

In preparation for next year, I will spread compost onto the garden so over winter the nutrients can wash into the soil!

I will also rake the wood chips out to get rid of weeds, so in the spring I am not dealing with all those that overwinter!

Garlic planting will be occurring at friends gardens around Wisconsin so that it will be ready for next fall!

I will be harvesting grapes off the vines, juice will be made and the vines will be pruned!

FUN FACT ABOUT THIS YEAR…This year my potatoes grew TOMATOES!?!?! Not really but this year do to the cool July we had some potato plants grew tomato type seed pods…the reason they look like tomatoes is that potatoes and tomatoes are both in the nightshade family so their fruit looks very similar.

The fruit at the end of the season
The fruit at the end of the season
The fruit on the potato plant back in july
The fruit on the potato plant back in july

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