The goat yard has been dug out!

The build-up from the year’s accumulation of hay and poop and sheep and a giant calf that stood over six inches at the fence line here is now gone.

This eliminates the drainage problem created by all the build-up. However, the job is not done.

The next step is supposed to be grading and smoothing all this out and growing some new grass for the goats, but it’s been raining. A good bit of the mess did make it to a pile in the garden, though.

I think this means we can now call this garden done for the year.

It was a good garden. It always came to work on time, wasn’t too wet or too dry, and produced a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant.

It didn’t account for much else, but it was a cheerful worker.

Garden 2011 stands now in a state of ruin.

Admirers mourn and yet–

–look forward to the future!

There’s always next year. One late winter day, the seed catalogs will start arriving. The snow will melt. Tiny pots will fill with seedlings. The hay and poop will be spread to nourish a new dream! It will be the best garden ever!

“See you next year, Garden.”


  1. Granny Trace says:

    :no: My chickens ate more tomatoes out of my garden than I did.
    Hoping to do better next year..
    Granny Trace

  2. Miss Judy says:

    I hate to see the end of a garden…even though I love the winter. I think I need a green house or at least some type of covering so I can extend the growing season. Ahhhh next year…a better garden!:-)

  3. holstein woman says:

    Suzanne, did you get any sweet potatoes?

    I was very fortuate to have put a plastic roof over my tomatoes, they are finally ripening enough to pick some besides cherry tomatoes. My garden is about gone also, it marks a time finished with canning and freezing most vegies for us also. This has been our best garden yet. Love your blog, thanks for taking the time for us.

  4. Flowerpower says:

    Just think of the fine garden all the goat and cow poop will make! It should be in good shape by planting time next spring. Even tho I love fall, I always feel a little sadness of things going dormant and the cold that is to come but I have certainly been tired of the hot and dry. Time for fall…Bring it! :happyflower:

  5. CarrieJ says:

    Umm..just a quick question. I’m pretty sure I saw a chicken and Morgan said possibly a chick in your garden. Did you finally catch those little buggars?

  6. gingergoat says:

    Did I see some green tomatoes on the vine. Fried Green Tomatoes — um um delicious.

  7. Glenda says:

    The garden should really jump next year!

    You are inspiring me to get outside and begin my clean-up.

  8. Runningtrails says:

    That goat, cow and chicken poop will make a fabulous garden next year?

    Your garden is finished now? I am still collecting ground cherries, chichiquelites (how did your’s do, btw?), peppers, tomatoes, parsley, spinach, and green onions. Do you have another garden with the cool weather stuff in it? Mine keeps producing until a hard frost.

  9. KimM says:

    We ended our garden early too. I am lazy and get sick of doing the work. And even sicker of not doing the work and feeling like I should. Someday I plan to do cool season crops and extend the season and all that. Someday!

  10. Liz Pike says:

    Thanksgiving came early to your garden! Next year it’ll grow gangbusters!

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