Getting Ready For Winter

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Worked for nearly 6 hours in two days on the garden. The soil was worse than I thought. Time for raised beds. Bright and early, in the freezing Oregon morning, I went to get lumber and soil and started on my beds. I got two beds put together and started a compost area. In one of the beds I planted garlic, and will hopefully plant kale or spinach as a companion. The other bed I just sprinkled my cover crop over top.

 In my raised beds I mixed two bags soil, one bag manure, and one big pile of leaf mulch with the existing dirt. Hopefully my dirt will be soil soon. I think I will do about 5 raised and supported beds and then have an area for climbing for peas and vines.

Other than preparing my beds for winter, I have also been taking my garden vegetables and local finds and winterizing them. Because I do not have the machinery or room for canning, freezing has been my method. I have blueberries, carrots, chard, and tomatoes frozen right now. I need a big freezer!

There are many winter recipes I hope to try out soon. Soups, and breads, and cakes, oh my.  A couple I hope to add to my cookbook are: beet and apple soup with horseradish cream, potatoe and broccoli soup with winter greens, and pumpkin soup with spiced croutons. Excited for my first local healthy winter!

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About Megan French

I am a dreamer. I am a hopeful soul that thinks one day we could come together to support each other in a community; support one another's services, hard-work, products, and knowledge. I hope that one day we can be global and local thinkers; supporting each other economically through local interactions and supporting the world globally by respecting other cultures and learning from them. Through local thought and community relationships we can clean up our world environments, power figures, and idea about what is most important in our lives. It all begins with knowledge and understand about how to get back to the basics: cooking, sewing, foraging, preserving, scouting... DIY for life and for the future of our society.

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