A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Carrots, Broccoli, and Skunk--Oh MY!

Happy Halloween to all. Hard to believe it's the last day of October already. The frost is definately on the pumpkins (as it has been for the past 7 weeks!)

Things are slowly returning to normal after our great Skunk disaster.

I've managed to put up a few decorations. Most of our efforts have been concentrated on ridding the house of the awful stench of skunk.

Hubby did a fabulous job of getting rid of the stripey devil, but unfortunately, as some of you know--our home took a direct hit. In the crawlspace. OMG.

The hole has since been dug out, fresh concrete poured, and fresh dirt hauled in to replace the "bad" stuff. It's been a hellish week and my huge thanks to those of you who wrote words of encouragement. Home has always been my sanctuary and these past days have certainly taken a toll on me. It's good to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This year was very good for the mums. I'm impressed with how well they bloomed despite almost the entire month having nighttime temps in the 20's.

This is my Oddball mum---it was purchased last year---the blooms were a combo of orange with yellow striping. It came back this year a mix of ALL orange and ALL yellow blooms. Odd.

The coldframes are hard at work cranking out lettuce, spinach , carrots and broccoli.

I've gotten several pounds of carrots this month......This bunch was from Oct 26.

The broccoli is almost ready for cutting. I have a dozen plants under the Agribon that promise at least a few more meals of good eating.

Wasn't that snow out East something?? So many areas still had leaves on the trees..what a shame about all the damage to them.

I've been frosted out since early September. Our leaves have been gone for weeks. According to the Farmer's Almanac, we're supposed to get plenty of snow this winter and I'm glad.

Stay warm and safe, everybody!