Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Garden Update and a Cold Frame

Hello from the Roost! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Truth be told, I can't wait for fall even though I enjoy the harvests from the summer garden. We have been very busy this summer, but here is a quick peek at what's been going on around our little homestead:

we are letting the lettuce seedlings dry out so that we can save them for next year

produce from the garden: heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes,
yellow crookneck squash and a red pepper

A wonderful couple that goes to our church made this amazing cold frame for us with some old windows and leftover scrap wood. We are so grateful to be able to start seeds in the late winter or very early spring next year!

Our new cold frame

Our southern peas exploded despite the chickens helping themselves to bites out of the leaves.  We
 have enjoyed these peas cooked with green beans, onion, bacon and seasonings in the crock pot. 

We planted heirloom pie pumpkins for the first time this year!

This is a random HUGE mushroom BJ found growing in the yard.
Anyone know if it's edible? 

I hope all is well around your homestead and that you are enjoying the late summer's harvest. We are so grateful for blessings this time of year.  Coming soon- I received a pressure canner for my birthday along with the book Canning and Preserving with Ashley English. Stay tuned for a post on canning vegetables from the Roost!

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  1. I LOVE that cold frame!!! Very nice :) Thanks for sharing!! I'm gonna have my husband check this out. Maybe in all his free time (Ha, ha) he can build one for me!

  2. I am so jealous of your cold frame! I am here from the Barn Hop and I love finding other youngins like us who are taking in the simple life! I am a new follower now!

  3. I love that cold frame!!! Awesome.
    Happy Birthday and looking forward to your post!

  4. Visiting from the barn hop. Love that cold frame!

  5. Visiting from the Barn Hop! I think I have cold frame envy!

  6. How lucky are you to be given that cold frame! So, so nice! You peas look like mine. I didn't make my teepee poles long enough and now the whole thing just droops over. I love it!

  7. What a great cold frame, and it gives me some ideas. Thanks!!