I have dubbed this year,” the year of the tomato!” because we had over 50 tomato plants come up all by themselves! So, I put some in the garden, some in the raised beds, along the fence and by the chickens. That’s a lot of planting, but I have some good supervisors when securing the tomatoes to their run!
I planted lots of heirloom tomatoes this year.
I’m intrigued by a strange looking variety, which is the brandywine tomato. The mr. Thought they were peppers! There is a striking resemblance!
We are getting so close to harvesting some of the fruits of our labor! The bush green beans will be ready soon and the zucchini are growing by the minute! I’m so excited for creating this little garden oasis in the middle of town!
It actually didn’t rain for a whole 24 hours! That’s pretty rare for this summer! Everything seems to be growing so well and the chickens and quail are laying so many eggs! Since the price of eggs right now are outrageous, we are excited to not have to buy them! It takes about 4 quail eggs to equal 1 chicken egg, but they taste just as good and raising them takes up a lot less space!
I was beyond excited to dig up my first potatoes! I planted them way back around St. Patrick’s day and a few died off early. So, I uprooted them to find these 6 potatoes! In around a month, I will be digging up the rest. It’s like unearthing treasure!
Since I had close to 40 mystery tomatoes show up in my garden this Spring, I’m thinking I will be swamped with tomatoes in about a month! (And no, I don’t think that’s a bad thing!) I’m looking forward to tomato sandwiches, homemade spaghetti sauce and yummy salsa!
I planted the 3 rows of green beans about 2 weeks apart. The first row is the oldest and I was excited to see that the beans are growing! They may only be about the size of a fingernail, but we will be harvesting them in about a month! Such excitement!
And finally the last beauty from the garden is the zucchini plant. There are 5 growing in the garden and I can’t wait until those flowers start blooming!
This has been one of the most wet summers that I can remember! I haven’t had to water the gardens in over a month because it rains so frequently! Yesterday alone it rained over 3 inches! That’s a little too much! So, weeds were becoming a problem! While I don’t mind pulling some weeds, it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. So, I figured I would try using the mulching method. So, I begged for some wood chips from our local tree cutting service and I received them! Thanks again!
First, I started by laying down some cardboard between my green bean rows. It wasn’t just weeds growing between these rows, but some crazy invasive grass. It was pure evil!
Then, I loaded and unloaded bucket after bucket of this nicely chopped maple mulch. It must have been a freshly cut tree because the leaves were still green! Doesn’t it look so nice?!?! And it’s much easier to walk through since it is always muddy here!
And after I worked on the green bean rows, I put more mulch down on the walkway through the garden. It is so nice to not see weeds everywhere for now! And I like not using plastic weed wrap because I don’t like dealing with any plastic!
So far the weeds have been much better and it helps to retain moisture too! I will continue to update on the use of the mulch, but I know that I definitely need to build up more topsoil too! And the best part is that there is so much more mulch!
While the boys were off at scout camp, I was here at the Llewellyn homestead holding down the fort. That means: feeding animals, weeding the gardens and cleaning this house up! While in the garden, I noticed the muskmelon vines are getting so large and flowering! I have not ever grown them before, so I am still wondering if they will have enough of season to grown here! I’ll have to keep you updated on that!
I am happy to see that some broccoli will be hitting my dinner plate here in the near future!
And after cleaning the chicken run of lots of nastiness and then cleaning the coop, I look towards the house and see this beautiful sight! It was a nice ending to a beautiful day! Now just to get my family all back home!
Man, it’s a hot one out there today!! After making sure that the hens were taken care of, I worked on pulling millions of weeds! Lucky for me, I have some sunflowers and tomatoes growing outside of the chicken pen and they don’t require any attention from me! I don’t even have to water them! The leaf litter serves as mulch and I’m sure they are well fertilized by the birds!
And while pulling weeds, I was able to harvest a few things! We only have a few strawberries left until next year, and I’m pretty sure the broccoli and peas are on their way out too! But I’ll enjoy what I get until they die off!
It stormed, as in rained over 2 inches in less than 24 hours, on Saturday! I was concerned that my garden was going to be wrecked! Luckily for me, it was just fine! Whew! So yesterday, the girls were allowed to run the yard and check for bugs and scratch some grass! And take dust baths! Yes, that’s their favorite dirt spot behind the garage! I was lucky to find some tomatoes finally starting to grow! Unfortunately, I have no clue what kind they are! They just popped up in the garden this spring!
As for the rest of the garden, it’s looking great! Now, I just can’t wait until I finally get to harvest some yummy veggies!
Last year, the hubs and I jumped head first into turning lawn into garden. It was a rocky road, with pretty much all clay soil, rabbits that loved green bean plants and trying to figure out how to water this area. After extra fencing to deter the deer and rabbits, and an amazing watering collection system we yielded pretty good results! Below is the 2014 garden this time last year!
Thanks to the help of the hubs, we were able to expand the garden by nearly doubling it! We added a door so that I wasn’t falling into the garden from taking down the corner of the fence! And with such rainy weather, we haven’t even had to worry about watering! The tomato plants this year are huge compared to last and the green beans are doing much better! Below is the new and improved 2015 garden!
We plan on doing a little more every year! Grow food, not lawns!!