The weather has been rather cold and damp around the ranch for the past few days, but that didn't stop the Rancher and the Bag Lady from doing what had to be done.
They (well, the Rancher) put the finishing touches on the corral in order to round up the cows to bring them off summer pasture. It has been such a dry summer that there isn't a lot of grass anywhere, but there definitely wasn't anything for them to eat where they were. So Sunday was spent hauling them off the pasture, and taking them to a different place. Because of the lack of grass everywhere, the Rancher decided to split the herd up. Some went to the hayfield, now that the bales have been hauled home, and the rest came home.
The Bag Lady picked all of her tomatoes last weekend, and quite a few of them are ripe now, so she will be doing some canning today. There is nothing quite like being able to open a jar of home-grown tomatoes in the middle of winter and enjoying again the taste of summer!
She also has some beans that are almost ready to be picked, and is hoping to have enough to make mustard beans. The Rancher loves mustard beans. The Bag Lady hopes there will also be enough to make dilled beans, because those are her favourite. She will also make dilled carrots, because they are yummy, too!
There will soon be enough brussels sprouts for a feed, which the Bag Lady is really looking forwad to. She has never grown any type of brassica before, and this year she was pleased with the results of her experiment. She grew broccoli, which was delicious, and planted cauliflower, which did not produce, sadly. The brussels sprouts did fairly well, as did one cabbage plant. There is another small cabbage coming along, but there is the threat of frost quite frequently, now, so the Bag Lady is afraid it may not mature. Unfortunately, the purple cabbage did not produce and attracted worms, so the Bag Lady pulled the plants out.
She also has two zucchini plants which have produced plenty of zucchini..... and are still producing! That will only stop after it freezes, or the Bag Lady pulls the plants out of the ground. There is also enough dill in the Bag Lady's garden to pickle the universe, but she promises she won't. Really.