Our back yard, however, is need of a little help. Maybe a lot of help is more like it. :)
So the husband and son built a few new raised beds...
...and the husband filled them with some nice four-way from a local nursery. In the rain. He loves me. :)
A variety of herbs went into these new beds, but I don't have a picture to share today (how did that happen?). Instead you get to see more of my husband's handiwork...
Our meat chickens are enjoying being out on the green spring grass, and our kittens are enjoying their kitten chow. :)
Us? We're enjoying the first fruits of our labor...
...and looking forward to the harvest to come.
Garden and homestead plans from three weeks ago:
- Bring in a load of soil to amend an area where some of our flower bed plants will (eventually) be moved. (We put this off since it's too late to divide and move our perennials; we'll get to this early in the fall, Lord willing.)
Build a larger brooder for our pullets and meat birds(will post on chickens soon). Purchase some shade cloth in hopes of prolonging our lettuce growing season. Install a cloche for our cherry tomato bed and transplant seedlings out to the garden!! Plant more peas. Plant early corn Decide on a name for our "farm": We decided on "Dole Valley Farm!"
And Dan played the pyro on our massive burn pile (six years worth...it was about time to be sure!).
Garden and homestead plans for this week:
- Replant cucumber and pickling cucumber seed (our first planting failed).
- Finish laying down newspaper and straw to keep the weeds in our garden down. (By the way, this method has been 90 - 95% successful, so we highly recommend it!)
- Put netting over our strawberry bed to keep the birds out (strawberries are close!).
- Bend and install EMT (electrical metallic tubing) and netting over our new herb beds to keep out the deer.
- Whatever else Dan decides to tackle next...now that the garden is mostly in, we can turn our attention to other projects like the back yard...I'm dreaming of a pretty view out my kitchen window. :)
Hope you're enjoying the fruits of your labor and would love to hear what's happening in your gardens. Here in the Pacific Northwest the weather has been cool and a bit rainy, so things are a tad slower to grow here than elsewhere. Summer's coming, though, and we're looking forward to it!
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