The Flicker Haven Farm Files-The Frost Is Upon Us!

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Here in the North Idaho Panhandle, we typically have a fairly short growing season. Sure, we get long days and have a pretty temperate climate, but the days between first and last frost are pretty short.

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I mean, one year I got a blistering 62 days between the first and last frosts, but you won't catch me complaining (much), all gardeners have challenges, and since we love what we do, we just find ways to adapt.

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That said, with the prospect of the season ending frost coming up this Tuesday night, I had to kick up Harvest 2022 a notch!

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The green beans were already winding down yield-wise, so today I went out and really stripped the plants. I picked about ten pounds.

While I was rummaging around like a green bean rooting hog, the hubs cut the hops bines and picked all the rest of the cones. I am super, duper happy with our first hops harvest! I've been drying the cones in the dehydrator, bagging them, and plunking them into the freezer for brewing projects of all kinds this fall and winter.

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After I got the green beans sorted, I grabbed a few carrots to put in the fridge (so I don't have to run out and grab them every time I need a few), and a handful of kale. Next, I snagged a few ears of corn to take to my parents tomorrow. In the morning we are heading up north to help them split and stack their winter's firewood, because you know, like George R.R. Martin is fond of saying in his GOT books, Winter is coming.

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Even though I just perused the tomatoes yesterday, I found a few more ripe and almost ripe fruits, so I added them to my bucket and colander of produce. One could almost be overwhelmed by the amount of stuff one has to pick, process, and preserve in the fall. Almost.

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But really, as I wandered back to the house with my bounty, I wasn't too overwhelmed, instead I was filled with that content feeling I get when I actually have a plan that comes together and yields, er, produce. Few things feel as awesome as growing, harvesting, and eating your own food. There's a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that sets your soul aglow.

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Well, it could also be the serrano peppers that I picked, they are a bit on the toasty side😉

But that's enough blathering from me, I got more like this to do:

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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's hops scented and non blanched (thank the stars for that) iPhone. The text divider image was made in Canva.




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Good looking green beans, @generikat

Growing up in Ohio, my mom would pick all of the green tomatoes before the frost and would wrap them in a newspaper. In 1 or 2 weeks, they ripen nicely.

The hard part now is finding a newspaper, lol.

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Thanks so much @beststart! I'm so happy to have had such a bounty of green beans this year, they are one of my favorite things to eat😊

I have been stocking up on the local free newspaper all summer exactly for that task lol! It really does work great!

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My folks did the same up here in Canada and I do the same and if lucky we have fresh tomatoes till mid January.

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Wow, abundant harvest!

I would be happy for anything I can pick off the garden, I personally complain a lot but we always adapt. Maybe I need a farm cat too 😍

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Oh I do my fair share of complaining too! This year my Roma tomatoes are being persnickety, but at least it's only them, so I am happy about that😊

And I am so thankful for my farm kitties, they help keep the voles out of the garden and mice out of the barn!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Love it Love it Love it Voted on ListNerds! 😁 I could eat those green beans as they are, that good they look in your photos! :)

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Thanks so much @drlobes! You know, I giggled a bit when I read your green bean comment, I might be known to sneak a couple here or there to snack on after I blanch them and before I freeze them because they just look so dang tasty lol!

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I received this tip from @shanibeer and I don't think I fully deserve it so I promised that it would go forward to others.
If you giggle at my comments and also have a cat in a box, you totally deserve it more than me! 😜

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Oh my! Thank you! I don't even know what to say beyond that, but I am smiling at your kind gesture and the crazy cats around me, wow😊

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How awesome does that all look!!! Green beans are one of my favorite dishes, even on their own with some breadcrumbs! lol

Those tomatoes look amazing too. Keep up the great work!

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Always nice to converse with a fellow green bean adorer! I love them slow simmered for hours with bacon, onion, and garlic, and throwing some breadcrumbs on them sounds fantastic. Dang, now I'm hungry lol!

Thanks for stopping by 😊

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P.S. Came here from ListNerds

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We've gotten down in the 40's which put paid to the tomatoes. I'm yammering at my tenant about getting the new root cellar functional as I need to bring in squashes. I typically have first frost the 3rd week of Sept which is this week.

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AH! I got distracted by new root cellar, those are words that get me all kinds of excited! A new root cellar has been on my list for years. The hubs is fixing a backhoe attachment we got from a friend for our tractor and then I might actually get to that project, until then the insulated food larder in the barn is my cellar, and truthfully it works pretty well, I've just always had a thing for cellars lol!

And as far as the frost goes, it looks like we might squeak by until Saturday now, they keep revising the forecast, but truthfully, it's an anytime thing at this point. Hope you are getting all your lovely produce in!

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Hello, I loved your harvest! I ask you to boil the beans and then place them in bags to store in the refrigerator or freezer, tell me please

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No worries, they were blanched (boiled) before plunged into an ice bath and frozen😊

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Ugh! How I dream of actually harvesting what I eat. Dreams of owning gardens/farms are everywhere in my head with no means 🤦🏾‍♀️. I can't say I don't envy you.

Beautiful sunflowers by the way. I've always wanted to make sunflower themed nails but I don't fix very often, if at all. I will though, on some occasion and I'll show if off on here.

P.S Cute cat!

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Wow! I can't wait to see the sunflower nails! I bet they are beautiful, I love sunflowers too and I'm going to plant a much larger patch of them next year. It's been quite a few years since I have done that.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you get your dream garden/farm some day😊

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Living in an apartment with a small space to plant things, even so, I have some vases on my balcony. Lil David was eating an apple and found the seeds and he wanted to plant them hoping to grow. I'm not that knowledgeable but it is growing something where he added the seeds lol. I eventually planted beans as well so he could see things grow! I even got a future avocado tree that I don't even know where I will put it when it gets bigger than the vase 🤣
The weather here on the island is almost the same all year so we don't suffer much from the frost.

That was a nice harvest :)

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I think it is so, so cool that you planted things to show your little guy how stuff grows in the space that you have. And I might be almost envious of your balmy climate, how amazing that would be. I mean, as much as I adore four seasons, there is something beyond nice about consistency, especially in the weather lol!

Thanks so much for dropping by😊

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The kindergarten has a little veggie garden and they show the kids how to take care and watch things grow. When it's time to harvest, they gather and share with everyone to bring something home. The other day he came with a big lettuce! So I have also keep up with the teaching 😁

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How much did you get? Enough for the winter???

Enjoy your healthy eating!!!

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Hi! I am still picking and processing produce, so yep, I most definitely have enough for winter. The tomatoes alone offered up several hundred pounds lol (I have been sharing tomatoes, zucchinis, and plums with friends and neighbors!)

And we haven't even got to harvesting the pumpkins yet, and there is A LOT of them lol!

Thanks so much for dropping by!!

!PIZZA

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Sounds like you have a good winter ahead, maybe those friends and neighbors should help you get everything in :)

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LOL! They are pretty helpful on occasion so I can't complain😊

Hope you are having the most amazing day!

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I'll have to keep an eye on the forecast; seems as if it changes daily! I have a few tomatoes to rescue, and am not sure how much frost the winter squash can handle, so they may have to come into the house, too.

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It changed again! It's looking like 38 tonight, which to be fair, could equal a bit of frosting down here at my place, but now they are calling for frost Saturday night. I am thankful for a couple more days of picking and ripening time thought. My acorn squash could use a few more days for sure!

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How many days those green beans would last?

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Well, I've been picking, blanching, bagging, and freezing batches of them for the past few weeks, so I should be able to eat green beans at least once or twice a week all winter long.

Thanks for stopping by!

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You're welcome and have a nice day ahead.

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Wow! Perfect! That green beans, wow! That was great!

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Thanks so much! I love green beans!!

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Good looking your farming in garden

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Your farm sure looks like ¨Heaven¨ to me. And such a great harvest ... those green beans, wow! My partner would kill for that. We did have some beans ourselves, but not as abundant. Well, we only had like 5 plants, so that explains a lot. Lol. The problem here is that we do have outdoor space, but you can hardly call it a real garden. the entire outdoor area behind the house is paved. And we must not change that. So what we do now is grow plants in large containers, but at the end that always yields less than if you can use all the space. Oh, it's always something! In any case... your crop looks great. And your farm seems like a heavenly place to be!

Hope you´re taking care of yourself too! Hugs 🤗

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lol! You are so right my friend, It's always something! I wish I could just give you a big bag of fresh green beans! I think it's beyond cool that you two grow stuff in what you can, I hope someday you get enough space so you can grow all the green beans your partner could ever eat😊

Whew, I am a bit of a zombie today, so hopefully I am making sense. I am definitely going to take it a bit easy today, hope you, your partner, and the pups are having a magnificent day too!

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Hey there, Wonder Woman!!! You are amazing! Look at you go. I know! Who has time for posting when there are crops to be picked?

Frost, you say? You aren't as early as I thought you would be, although that is a pretty short season. You really have to move it when you are planting and picking with such a short season.

Look at those beans!! You are on a roll! I only planted red bells and jalapenos and hot chili. That is it. Next year more.

Oh, I have my eye on that corn!!! Can we say yummy> I already did my corn although I steamed it and cut it off the cob (for some) and put in it the vacuum bags for the freezer. I have the tomatoes for the weekend. The farmers market a mile up the road saves their tomatoes every day for me and I get them very cheap and use them to make spaghetti sauce (and jar it) for the winter. It doesn't need good-looking tomatoes, only good tasting.

You rule!

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