|Final harvest of the season
I took to our Frontyard Homestead in a life-saving frenzy. As it was slated to be our first frost, I harvested every last tomato (red and green), pepper, eggplant, spinach, chard, and kale. Needless to say, we are on veggie overload at the Urban Farmhouse. But my mom is coming to visit this weekend and she fries an mean, green tomato!
While working outside, I decided to take on some of our winter preparations that we had scheduled for this weekend. I had installed a new raised bed (we're going to three small from one big) so I lined it with cardboard, dug up one of our compost bins and used the not-fully composted dirt to fill the bed. Then I covered the whole bed with organic compost dirt and garden soil I'd gotten from Home Depot. This is my half-assed attempts at lasagna gardening -- the hope being that everything composts down over the winter and we're left with some amazingly rich compost dirt to plant in come Spring. All our patio furniture was packed into storage as well and our mums tucked into the basement, awaiting a little bit warmer weather to go in the ground.
Yesterday was that day. The day when you wake up and feel chilled to the bone. Lost somewhere in the transition of "the last day of autumn" and "the first day of winter." Our furnace kicked on for the first time this year! It was cold.
Though I despise holiday decorations, the sudden drop in temperature left me feeling festive.
When I finally came inside, I was so cold that I burrowed deep under a fleece blanket on the sun room couch and took a little nap with Jubilee sleeping on top of me. The chill wore off when I put on my thickest winter sweatpants and consumed a bowl of homemade tomato soup w/ veggies. I make my soup with whatever I have on hand, but this one had ::
8-10 fresh tomatoes (diced)
2 small cans of veggie broth
1 clove of garlic
1 medium onion
oregano, black pepper, crushed red pepper
I let that cook in the crock pot overnight (honestly, I let this soup cook about a week total. oops).
Add 2 large cans of tomato juice
2 cups of green beans
2 cups of peas
1 large potato
Cook until the potato is cooked through.
Stay nice and toasty!
What are your winter preparations inside and outside of your home?