Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall garden update and solar panels

Solar panels installed on our 1800s Victorian home
(photo courtesy of Will Parkhurst)

It's been a busy couple of weeks.  At home, we had 16 solar panels installed and they are now up and running.  Happily there are lots of options like leases and lease-to-buy that allow more people than ever to take advantage of harnessing the power of the sun.  The guys at Solar City were so helpful in guiding us through the choices and the installation crew was super friendly and really fascinated to see me harvest dinner from the garden while they worked on the roof.  They asked lots of questions and hopefully at least one of them will be inspired to plant a few tomatoes or peppers in the spring.   As I'm writing this, the sun is shining brightly and we're producing electricity while making a slightly smaller footprint on the earth.  If you've ever thought about adding solar power to your home, I'd definitely recommend Solar City for consideration (tell them Will and Melinda Parkhurst sent you!).  

Crew installing panels on the roof
(photo courtesy of Will Parkhurst)

Four of the eight panels
(photo courtesy of Will Parkhurst)

The temperatures have dropped drastically and we seem to have skipped fall completely and gone straight to winter for the past few days.  Overnight temperatures have hovered around the freezing mark at dawn.  I managed to get the garlic planted during the full moon last week and have covered up the hoop tunnels to protect my fall greens and root vegetables from the frosty temperatures.  I took a few photos on a warm day before I snuggled the crops under their garden fabric blankets.

Heirloom climbing rose and fig tree after their first year

 Colorful crop of Swiss chard

Beds before going under cover

Brussels sprouts

Curly kale

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