Oikos Update 10/29/2012
So right now the East Coast is getting hit with a major storm, I hope everyone keeps their heads down.
We had our first frost at the beginning of the month and I picked a ton of green tomatoes. They’re sitting out on a table and ripening at the rate of about a half dozen a day. Lately we’ve been eating a lot of things involving tomatoes like chili, pasta and pizza. They’re not ripening at a rate that would make sense to can them, so I have to do something. Oh well, enjoy summer’s bounty while I can. I bet I’ve got another two weeks of heavy tomato eating. Fortunately I put away about a dozen jars of tomatoes, maybe 8 jars of ratatouille and two of salsa. It’ll be nice to have those over the winter.
One of my dogs tore up a bed of arugula, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, kale, radishes and rutabagas – all stuff I was planning on overwintering in a high tunnel. It doesn’t seem like a total loss, but it’s pretty bad. Fortunately I have seeds started of some of the same kinds of things in another bed that I’m going to put a greenhouse over very soon. I was pissed off when I went outside and discovered this though, it definitely put me in a bad mood the entire night. I have some more seedlings that I’m going to put a cold frame over and a 40 gallon aquarium I picked up for as many dollars last week at Petco. I figured it’s about as cheap, more effective and definitely a lot easier than building another cold frame. Plus if I want to use it to raise fish or something when it’s not needed outside I can.
I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been slaving away at a book. I’m about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through it right now. I want to have it done by about Thanksgiving. We’ll see… I’m having fun doing it right now, but hopefully I can get it done and move on to other things.