As I am putting the garden to "bed" for the winter, there are still carrots and beets to pull. However, as I started that little project, I ran across this really big carrot and have come to the conclusion that I will mulch that bed in with straw (thank you for the reminder, Judy) and just pull them as needed. This carrot will feed us for two to three meals. It has been a good year in the garden.
And then there are the chickens. This is what happens when academics get together and try to solve non-academic challenges. One of Paul's colleagues told him to put golf balls in the nesting boxes to encourage egg production (Huh!) and to teach the chickens to not peck on the eggs when they do appear, so the next morning when I went out to check the nesting boxes and found golf balls nestled in the pine chips, I have to admit my first instinct was to throw them out. I asked Paul if I could post this on the blog, and he was just a little hesitant. However, what if it will help? Chickens are 22 weeks on the 29th so by Thanksgiving there should be something besides golf balls to gather!