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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Becoming an Urban Homesteader Series #12 - Fall Wrap-Up

It's been a busy fall this year.  We spent most of our free time helping daughter/son-in-law move (packing/cleaning/moving/unpacking) and got quite behind in our own yard work.   However, with a couple of nice rain free weekends we're caught up.  It's dark before I get home from work now, so I'm limited to doing any outside work to the weekends.

Red Pepper Jelly - look so pretty with sunlight shining through
Jar toppers for preserves

Hubby cutting up hard wood pallets for winter heating
  • The gardens have been put to bed.
  • Emptied the compost bins into the vegetable garden
  • Raked leaves - what a job that was !  Our Three Norway Maples can produce over 30 leaf bags of leaves.   We mulched quite a bit and saved a number of bags for layering in the compost bin during the winter months, and what ever is left over will be mulch in the flower beds next summer.  Also kept another 6 large dark plastic bags of leaves to decompose over the winter to create some nice compost. 
  • Indoor gardening begins with sprouting - broccoli, kale, lentils and mung beans, which go great in salads and sandwiches. 
  • Made a triple batch of red pepper jelly.   Ladies at work have been asking if I was going to be making any preserves to sell this year.  In previous years I made quite a variety of preserves for selling to help with my daughters' university costs.    This year have made Bread & Butter Pickles, Green Tomato Chutney and Red Pepper Jelly to sell. 
  • Changed my design on my jar toppers for decorating my preserve jars.
  • Cooked up pumpkin, pureed and froze in one cup portion sizes for later use in muffins, bread and soup.
  • Made Rose Hip Jelly from wild rose hips found while hiking. 
  • Picked the remainder of the Kale in my vegetable garden - and dehydrated for use in soups, sauces and casseroles for the winter.
  • I took a hike leaders training course through Hike Ontario and am now an official certified hike leader. 
  • Hubby has been collecting free wood as he sees it and been cutting up for our wood stove to supplement our winter heating.   Discarded hardwood pallets make great long lasting fires.
  • My knitting/crochet needles have been working hard and have made a number of dish cloths, baby blankets, scarves, etc.
Wood stacked in the garage for winter heating

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