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Wheeling home the harvest

Wheelbarrow of garden produceWhen you have to push the day's harvest home in the wheelbarrow, you know the homestead is exceeding expectations.

Now, what to do with all that bounty?  With the exception of the extra cucumbers (which even Bradley and the chickens have stopped accepting), the rest of the bounty is bound for harvest catch-all soup.

Of course, we can't make a big pot of the soup right now because other important ingredients aren't quite ready.  For example, we'll be slaughtering our second round of broilers next week, who will provide the stock.  Our green beans are ready, but the sweet corn isn't quite fleshed out, and the roma tomatoes are just now starting to change color.

Three month old chickensWhile we're waiting for the tomatoes to ripen up, cabbages and carrots would keep well sitting in a cool root cellar.  Too bad I never put it on the list to dig the refrigerator root cellar back out of the dirt.... 

Instead, I'll be cramming storage vegetables into every nook and cranny of our small fridge.  Half the carrots filled up the crisper drawer, which is all I usually devote to storage vegetables, and I cleaned off the bottom shelf for the cabbages.  Now, what about those other 15 pounds of roots?

Carrot harvest

Our POOP-free chicken waterer keeps hens healthy, which means more eggs.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I love the proud smile that accompanies the wheel-barrow-bounty.

It is this happy vibe and the bounty of information you guys so freely give that keep me coming back to your blog.

Thanks, Anna and Mark!

Love the Weekend Homesteader eBooks! Did my first sun-dried tomatoes in the car last week, and ditched the $90/mo. Satellite TV.

I'll post a good review on amazon soon.

Comment by Paula B. Wed Jul 18 19:18:40 2012
Paula --- Thanks for your kind words! I'm thrilled to hear that the Weekend Homesteader has been inspiring you (and I always appreciate reviews on Amazon). I hope you'll keep reading and commenting.
Comment by anna Wed Jul 18 19:27:29 2012

hey anna, i thought you might like these chinese wheelbarrows. also, the magazine that article is in is really cool

Comment by Cameron Wed Jul 18 20:48:06 2012
I'm glad to saw all those little carrots. There are no carrots at farmer's markets yet ... I don't know why farmers don't grow them in succession and sell carrots these sizes from July onward. Not that this relates to your post exactly, I'm just craving real carrots. That is a great picture.
Comment by J Thu Jul 19 00:40:32 2012

Cameron --- We adore our current wheelbarrows, but those Chinese wheelbarrows do look interesting.

J --- Few people grow carrots here either. They're not the easiest crop, but are far from the hardest too, especially if you use raised beds or have light soil.

That said, they're spring and fall crops, so you can't really harvest them between July and around October or so. More of a crop to succession plant so you can eat carrots from October through June.

Comment by anna Thu Jul 19 08:36:09 2012

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