Since our garden soil is not quite right, we decided not to plant fall vegetables this year. Today we started pulling out the dead plants and working the soil over. We will test our soil and then most likely add lime and potash. Our homemade compost is ready too and it should provide a good amount of nutrients.
We also cut back our blackberry bushes. The canes that bore fruit last year needed to be cut back. I harvested some fresh herbs to dry as well. We still have peppers and onions growing, so we will wait to add some of the fertilizers until they are harvested.
Make sure you put away your garden supplies too. We coiled up the drip system and stacked the tomato baskets. These will be put in the shed for next year.
Mr. B at the age of 4 is quite the entomologist! He is intrigued by spiders and often talks about them. The other night he was telling me all about guitar and brown recluse spiders. I was amazed that he even knew the names! While we were working in the garden, Mr. B says “There is a very large spider over here! Come check out this spider!”
I let hubby check it out first (I’m nice like that!). Hubby says “WOW! That is a large spider! It looks like a tarantula.”
I knew that it couldn’t be a tarantula as they aren’t prevalent in this area. But wolf spiders are prevalent. As soon as hubby gave the spider a swift kick, I went over to check it out. This was a wolf spider, big, harry and creepy looking. They pretty much keep to themselves but it was a little to close for comfort for us.
So that’s our day so far, working on the homestead and dealing with giant spiders!