Part of November’s garden

Already dreaming of next year’s garden – drooling, thumbing through dog-eared seed catalogs. We’re making notes of which new things we’d like to try and which varieties failed, reminding ourselves that we’ll have to use self-control with heirloom tomato. Even though the descriptions and names sound so tempting, we need to stick with the varieties that we’ve been successful with in the past.

Also, need to figure out how to squeeze some more space for winter squash and pumpkins as they grew poorly this summer – possibly due to being overcrowded. Analyze each spot in the yard to see if it’s being productive and, if not, what could go there instead.

The neighbor’s yard is overgrown with all our divisions and we’ll have to utilize that space more for planting cut flowers we can sell to restaurants. Can’t really do much planting in our front yard as we are waiting for someone to come and take out the massive date palm tree. We are going to be doing a little shuffling around of plants this Fall and Winter season!

Today the guys are working on expanding our worm bin to a larger area underneath the rabbit hutch.


Our kitten Cody likes to follow us into the chicken/duck enclosure and watch us while one of us gals goes about feeding the animals, collecting the eggs, and cleaning out the nesting boxes.

Cody’s taking the term “copy cat” literally he loves to sit in the chicks nesting boxes. “Hey groovy chicks!  Check me out!” 

Sure is comfy in here!

Weather Report: Warm.  Temps in the 80’s

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  1. wendy lumsdaine says:

    Please tell me how you build your raised beds. What materials did you use and what kind of dirt did you fill your beds with?

    • Bob Smith says:

      Well Wendy,
      It goes without saying that those boards almost need to be certified organic as they will be coming in contact with your soil and the soil will feed your organic vegetables. Since your local lumber yard most likely does not have organic wood, you will have to settle for something less than organic. By all means don’t use railroad ties or treated lumber. Western red cedar, cypress, and redwood don’t rot very easily and can be expensive unless you luck out and get it for free. Other types of wood are much cheaper but you will have to rebuild more frequently. Some people use bricks or concrete blocks. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Go to and look under “building materials.” Sometimes you can get what you need for free or just for hauling it away.

      As far as soil goes, get the best you can find and always improve it every year.

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