I just got a big one out of the way. Chicken pen is officially scooped out and the compost is on the garden. Hopefully that will help with the garden modifications I’m making. I had been working it as several smaller beds. Now I’m going to do more of a traditional row garden. Every year seems to bring some sort of modification to mind.
Speaking of the garden. Soon I’ll be ripping out spent plants. I thought I might today but I decided the chicken pen needed cleaned out more immediately and the compost would help make the changes. I will be also needing to hose down and sanitize my tomato cages. I wouldn’t normally do that but this year I’ve got some sort of disease/virus/herbicide in the tomatoes so I don’t want to take any chances for next year.
I have one more small pot of tomatoes on the stove cooking down for sauce. Our own sauce will be worth its weight in gold this year. I had to buy tomatoes to do what little sauce I’ve got. I’ll have onions, garlic, and potatoes though. I still need to harvest the last round of onions and the potatoes. The potatoes I might just mulch and dig throughout the winter. It worked surprisingly well last year in spite of not covering the bed and getting week long stretches of -30 degrees.
I see my little helper has crashed so I’d better get some other work done while she sleeps.