Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Fall Harvest

This was one of last week's projects over at the farm....

bathing and storing 5009 squash.

Well, OK, maybe that'a a slight exaggeration, but there are certainly enough to last the year.

We've been having frost regularly and everyone is putting the gardens to bed for the winter.  (I can't believe we're already using the "W" word. shudder.) We folded away the plastic mulch...

and installed a brand new pair of rototillers....

They went to work immediately.

They'll have the entire garden worked over in no time.

Nothing like happy, enthusiastic employees.


18 comments:

  1. An American in TokyoOctober 14, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Wow, that's great! I never knew pigs could work like that! I guess they get paid quite well! lol

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  2. Wow I love your "equipment" and what a haul you all made with the squashes! Those are lovely! Just put my front flower bed under leaves last week. Probably some more water yet on the back though as we've had no moisture. Hard to put the hoses away when it is so dry but we are freezing at night!

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  3. why are the piggies rototilling, with a pan of food sitting there?

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    1. They get fed VERY well. After slurping down the best part of the meal, which is raw milk from the dairy cow, they are happy to go play in the dirt. They'll come back to the food when hungry again.

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  4. Those are the cutest rototillers i've ever seen!

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  5. If pigs stayed that size, I'd have a pair as pets - love them!

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    1. Yeah, they are very cute at this stage, not so much when they get to 250 pounds and are knocking you down and chewing on you legs:)

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  6. The pigs are so cute! I love those spots. Yes, they are great rototillers :)

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  7. Did you really get 5000 squash???? My gosh! The pigs were doing a great job, and I love your header!

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    1. No, it was more like 300. It just felt that way after washing and drying all of them:)

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  8. What a wonderful harvest! And your banner photo - lovely, lovely Tessa, such a beauty! And the kunekunes(?) rototilling... thank you for this delightful video. :) Yes, this is what pigs are born to do, and these two are two of the too few fortunate ones that can live a pig's life (instead of being condemned to suffer and vegetate and suffer until they end up, e.g., on some appalling all-you-can-eat buffet...). More power to you and Farm Buddy!

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    1. I believe they are some kind of crossbred, but I am not sure what. FB might be able to answer that, I wasn't paying attention. They come from a small breeder just down the road. They are all happy pigs as they have a huge pasture to play in. I do wish all livestock were raised this way.

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    2. Thank you! Kunekune or crossbred, they sure look cute! And, in any event, I'm totally satisfied seeing pigs being happy pigs! :)

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  9. I love that green squash. Decorated a client's porch with giant hubbard squash, white pumpkins and these green guys. I like the muted fall colors. And all that delicata squash = yum!!!

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  10. Your post made me smile :)
    The next door neighbors had a b-i-g pig a few years ago and I so enjoyed seeing the behavior -- wallowing in the mud, rooting up the pasture. Unfortunately they thought he became too destructive and he resulted in bacon in the freezer. Exactly why I'm a vegetarian.

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  11. Lucky piggies! I wish all livestock could have such great lives.

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