"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Plant Camp Monday's

Green Dragon Arisaema dracontium

This bright red berries are from the Green Dragon plant, growing wild along the banks of the creek and in the woods it bright berries show up easy.   The leaves are big and horse shoe shape.  When berries are green they almost look like corn growing.

Birds and critters like eating the berries which are said to be bitter and can irritate the mouth.

Heres a link for more info and pictures Green Dragon

Homestead update:
Weekend was cool and trees are turning.  Won't be long before we fire up the wood stove.  I really over did the turnip patches.  I sowed really thick.  I'll need to thin and use for greens which is a good thing.  I hope to have lots of turnips.  You either like them or not.  I like to boil the turnip chunks in a little sugar water.  Then eat with salt, pepper and butter when tender.  They taste like cauliflower that way.      

Tomatoes still coming on and peppers to.  Digging up potatoes all through the spring and summer and looks like plenty for fall to.  Theres still a lot of new potatoes.  I will dig some up for seed potatoes. 

Lots and lots of Marigolds from saved seeds.   There will be many to gather later along with Zinnias and other flower seeds.  Most these seeds I just direct sow and I do have a lot of volunteers as well. 

Soon there will be leaves to rake and compost will be filled with the leaves.  They take a long time to break down so running the mower over the pile helps chop them up a bit.  They go in the bag and that is then dumped in the compost.   The leaves are also great to put in the chicken Hen Den, let them break it down to a nice compost.  

Leaves changing colors, cooler weather, pumpkin patch, candy, orange, fall decoration, Thanksgiving, turkey and dressing.  I love Autumn and all the Blessings that come with this time of the year.

Have a great week, thanks for dropping by

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