Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What a difference

just a few days makes!

I am so sad, though, because I hate the "thinning out" part of gardening. It makes me sad to have to pull up those baby plants and just toss them away.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What's in my garden?

Today I finished getting everything in the garden! YAY!! I haven't had a garden in ummmmm.....30+ years, since I was in high school.

I am so excited! Cannot wait for the next few months to pass and see what all goodies I harvest!

The garden is located where the old house was sitting. In the photo above, you can see the entire thing. The old house was 960 sf. The garden takes up the entire space, with the exception of where I am creating a sidewalk with concrete stepping stones.

I planted things close together (I will probably curse this later in the summer), following the concept of "The Holy Trinity" of Corn/Beans/Squash. It is also called "The Three Sisters". Here's a link with info on this. This is something I found out about on Facebook. I also used this method to help with watering issues. We are in a drought here, and keeping things planted close together helps keep them as wet as possible, as well as keeping it compact helps with ease of watering.

I planted the following. Rows starting at the far left side of photo.
Bodacious Corn
Kentucky Wonder Green Beans
Yellow Crookneck Squash
------->>>narrow walkway here
Banana Peppers/Bell Peppers/Okra
Kandy Corn
Red Beans/Black Eye Peas
second row same as above
Pickling Cucumbers/Jalapeno Peppers/Cantaloupe
Pickling Cucumbers/Purple Hull Peas (Cowpeas)
------->>>narrow walkway here
Peaches & Cream Corn/Tomatoes
second row same as above
Pinto Beans/Black Beans
Lima Beans/Rhubarb
------->>>narrow walkway here
Japanese Popcorn/Bountiful Bush Green Beans
second row same as above

1 hill Watermelon
3 hills Pie Pumpkin

There is a small area on the opposite side of the sidewalk, Glass Gem Corn is located there.

Once harvest is over with the 60-75 day crops, I will plant Turnips, Mustard greens, Collard greens, beets and carrots. I may even attempt lettuce, but we probably wouldn't eat it as fast as it would be ready to harvest....We will see.

Monday, June 3, 2013

With teamwork

We're going to give it a shot.

Even though I posted a couple of weeks ago about re-homing all of the chickens and the goats. About not really being a farmer....

It seems that really is my calling. But it takes teamwork. I cannot do this alone.

I am not a "farmer". I am a mother and wife providing for her family.

Last weekend, I pulled out the seeds from last summer that never got planted because I broke my hand, and decided, since the place where the old house sat won't grow grass and turns into a mud puddle when it rains, that I would give it a shot at being a "front yard" garden.

I was skeptical. I planted a few live plants (peppers, okra, pickling cucumbers and zucchini), and some seeds (2 types of corn, 3 types of beans, yellow squash). I left the tomatoes and lots more seeds un-planted. I decided to stop where I was and see what happened. I was prepared for the worst, for nothing to happen.

Well, to my surprise yesterday, I found lots of baby seedlings that had broken through the ground!!

Here they are this morning!

So today, Felicity and I will plant the tomato plants and the rest of the seeds I have to plant.

Last weekend, the friend that bought the Seramas (trio and all the babies) said it wasn't working out. He said Seramas are too sensitive. Of course, this is after he lost all but 2 babies. Makes me so, so sad, but nothing I can do.

Yesterday, my precious babies came home! Boudreaux, Penelope and Maybelline will stay permanently. I missed them so much more than I thought I would. I love them so much!

The first thing David told me after the laying flock was picked up a few weeks ago is "I'm going to miss those chickens". I knew I would miss them, but wouldn't miss having to take care of them by myself. David pretty much takes care of them when he is home on R&R, that does give me a break.

Well, I do miss them, too!

By hatching so many all within such a short period of time as I did....that was my downfall! Lesson learned, though.

My babies are home. Later in the summer, after vacation, I will either hatch some eggs or order some pullets and we will begin again with a new laying flock.

No goats, now, though. We need to do some modifying on fencing before we get goats again. I do think, though, that I would enjoy breeding the Pygmy goats. So when the time is right, I will buy only registered babies and begin our breeding program. In time.

The children are learning to help me more around the place. Imagine that....taking away all electronics then finally getting help!

With help and teamwork, we can make Eason Acres work :-)