Well it is official. The deer have eaten almost all the leaves off of our green beans and cucumbers. We planted 30 heads of cabbage this year for a good batch of sauerkraut, and the groundhogs have ate every head. We have no other choice but to build a fence before next year. Any suggestions on how to deter these animals from munching in my garden would be greatly appreciated.
As for this year, we will have to look locally for more of our food than planned. In the next few weeks we should can some green beans, banana peppers, and pickles. It will not be long, until the peaches are ripe too. It turns out that the compost pile I started at the new house is not going to be big enough and I am going to have to create a larger one. I have read a great book by Wendy Johnson called Gardening in the Dragons Gate (amazon search for book available on this page) with a great section on composting. We will see how that goes. The blackberries are ripe so that means it is time for cobbler. The Elderberries will be ready soon, and since we did jelly last year we are hoping to make wine this year. It will be our first attempt at Elderberry Wine. We also got a black walnut tree with this new house of ours and it seems to have a great deal of nuts, so this will also be our first attempt at harvesting and preserving nuts, so any advice is welcome.
This time of year comes about so quickly and it will be over and we will be in hunting season before we know it. There is a flourish of things that need to be done. The fruits and vegetables start to ripen and they have to be preserved when they are ready. It seems that we rush through late summer and early fall trying to get everything accomplished, just to have the cold dark winter upon us and the year to be over so quickly. We need to embrace this season and all the blessings it has to offer before the cold bitterness of winter does find us. This is also a great time to take an inventory of all the things you need to stock up on before winter. Time to fill those pantries and freezers with good whole local foods.
Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.