That very special chill of fall is in the air. Our first frost is still a ways away, but you can tell the plants are adjusting and slowing down. We harvested tomatoes again yesterday, bringing in perhaps 20 pounds. These will become sauce. The squashed and melons are hardening off, getting ready for their own harvest.

The bees are preparing for the last rush of the season, the fall bloom of goldenrod and such. The pollen has slowed, but will pick up again as the next generation are born to support the queens through winter. Honey is being stored in both the brood boxes and the supers, so we can expect a harvest on that in a few weeks. A lot, it seems, happens when the end is near.


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Learning What We Can From the Bees

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Butchering Cornish Rock Hens

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Lisa L Lombardo said…
Enjoy the rest of summer on your homestead! Things are cooling down a lot here in Northern Illinois. I have my cold frames set up and planted to extend our seasons into the cold weather. :)
Melissa said…
Thanks so much for the feature on Butchering Cornish Rock Meat Birds!
We are raising a small batch this fall. We are raising some for good friends of ours too and we will be processing as a group.

Thanks again,

Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead