Fall is here, and we’re taking care of the aftermath of summer. Sometimes it is good to reflect on what results have come from what seems to be a perpetual experiment. We put in a rather smallish garden this year only thirty tomatoes and twenty or so peppers. We did beans and peas earlier, but they didn’t do really well for some reason. The pumpkins and winter squashes were plentiful. We had some really decent garlic and onions. Brassicas were hit with aphids pretty bad, but we were able to enjoy them until the bugs got too thick.
We got some pullets in August, they will be a nice addition when they start laying in the Spring. I tried breeding our sow, Susan, and one of the gilts, Bella, with artificial insemination back in July. We’ve had poor luck in the past with the process, but this time we were fortunate enough to have both of them take. It’s a happy occasion when there’s new baby animals on the farm and we were blessed with seven little pigs between the two of them. It’s not as many as we were hoping for, but as my wife says: sometimes raising animals is like gambling.