Well, it’s been a little over a month since I last posted and for good reason!! It’s been absolutely crazy around here! Before I show you what the garden looks like, I’ll update you on what’s been going on.
As you can imagine, all of May was dedicated to planting, rototilling new gardens, planting some more and more planting. We have 4-5 functioning gardens now, all with different things (which you can see below!)
At the beginning of June farmer’s markets started up, so Baker Ben is back to work, baking in 90F heat. We’ve been doing alright so far. We did have one really awesome day so far, but the rest have been a little iffy.
On June 13th (I think) we picked up the newest member of our family!! Meet Toby!
He is 10 weeks old now (he was 8 when we got him). He’s a border collie/labrador mix with the collie showing outward as you can see. We think he’ll make an excellent homestead dog! In the little time we’ve had him we have solidified crate training, 4-5 commands and housetraining is 1.5 days without an accident so far! He’s doing really amazing! Plus he’s super fricken cute!!
On the flipside of that, we had some bad news. My dad had a heart attack and was hospitalized on June 19th (father’s day). He’s still in the hospital now, but he’s doing much better and they are considering a multiple bypass surgery for him. His prognosis looks good as far as we know. We’re still working through all that.
So, with all that going on, I need you to forgive the next pictures, we have a lot of weeds. The front gardens are almost totally weeded (except for leaving some clover behind as nitrogen fixers), but the back gardens are really putting on grass seedlings. I’m going to attempt to do one whole garden tonight, but this heat has been killer. On top of the 13th consecutive months of record highs this year, it hasn’t rained more than 30 minutes in almost 2 weeks here. Our entire yard is one match away from going up in flames. We’re watering every single day, it’s getting bad. Next year we will be bringing in an entire truckload of wood chips if I can manage it.
This is the east garden. We have strawberries (this drought is killing them off), tomatoes, kale, broccoli, turnips, celery, asparagus and we will have beans eventually (they didn’t come up).
This is a strip we did in the orchard. We planted comfrey, vetch, buckwheat and couple patches of squashes as well. Oh, and jack o lanterns!!
This is the patch of jack o’ lanterns!
This is our patch of Egyptian Walking Onions. I will be harvesting the little bulbils soon and offering them up for sale. If you would like some, please let me know so you can be put on a list, I won’t have many to sell. They are perennial, cold hardy, a bit spicy and each plant puts on little bulbils that all become new plants! I’ll be selling 10 bulbils for $6 with $3 shipping in the US.
These two images are the North Garden. We have tomatoes, kale, peas, beans, broccoli, sunchokes, peppers, cucumbers and artichokes here. This is the one I plan on weeding tonight. We also ran our chicken tractor over this area so it’s rich in nitrogen as well!
These two patches are the West Garden. This is all our sweet corn, squash, broom corn, and lima beans. It’s so dry right now even though it’s on top of our septic system. I may have to water it.
This is another variety of sunchokes. I will have them for sale after this year as well! this is part of a small flower patch in the south-west corner of our property.
One of my students didn’t plant her bed, so I planted it! This has become my “demonstration” bed for the student gardeners I have. I have tomatillos, tomatoes, bush beans, carrots, lettuce and turnips in this one.
This is some Datura (Angels Trumpet) we accidentally brought from the city compost pile. If anyone knows how to save seeds from these, let me know! I’d love to have a few of them around, they are gorgeous!
As you can see ,the front yard garden is well weeded, but looking a little brown right now. I have some major mole, ant and squirrel issues that I’m going to address soon. But the hay is helping hold in moisture and things here are doing much better than anywhere else.
I bought two of these “Issai” kiwi this year. It’s a hardy variety that produces small, berry-like kiwi that have very thin, non-fuzzy skins. I’ll be taking cuttings of these to sell as well. They are doing really well right now!
This is the view off our front porch. It’s working so far, but we’ve got to get a lot more rain before it starts to look nice and green. I’m sure you noticed the color of our grass. Even my poplar trees I put in last year are dying because of this drought. We’ve gained a lot of ground, but we’re starting to lose some now.
WHEW! That’s everything so far. We’ll update more as we go. I apologize for taking so long, but there was just no helping it.
Ben and Justin