Monday, April 27, 2009

Garden Season

And so begins the gardening season. We (mostly Hubby) have slowly been working on expanding the garden this year. We decided to go with more bulk than with variety. I think we have about 5000-6000 square feet of ground tilled up to plant stuff. Basically anywhere there aren't trees or the house and driveway, it has been deemed garden area. We already had garlic, onions, peas, potatoes, and some tomatoes. Last week I planted a bunch of herbs: sage, oregano, basil, lemon grass, thyme, tarragon, and peppermint.On Saturday Hubby and a friend of his got a lot planted: more potatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, and lettuce. Today Hubby got more tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, parsley, and scallions in. We are going to do a lot of tomato based canning this year. This week Hubby wants to get sweet corn, dent corn, watermelons, summer squash, and Milo in. We'll see how far he gets. It's supposed to rain all week. It was off and on all day today. I took a few pictures on Saturday of the stuff that's growing.This is the area that we did first. If you saw our garden last year, this is about half of it, but we added another 300sq ft to The 'main' garden. Here are the 11 tomato plants that we put in last week. They are the only ones with cages so far. We need to get more.Here are the first round of potatoes. At first we didn't think they survived the ice storm, but the warm weather and rain made them pop out of nowhere.Here are the second round of potatoes. We'll see how they do.This is the septic field. This is where we put the dent corn last year, and are planning the same thing for this year. The area is bigger, and so we'll probably put milo here too.

I haven't updated on the chickens since we moved them. They are getting bigger. We are trying to decided what to do with them. We want to free range them, but are still worried about the dog, and the other random dogs, and animals that run around the property. I took some pictures on Saturday as well.
They always greet us when we walk up to their tractor. It's probably because we usually give them food. This is inside the tractor, the are pretty good about roosting on the bars. Fred spends a lot of time in there.They are very curious about my fingernails. It's kind of funny. Poor Fred came out. He is still trying to grow his head feathers, but the others keep picking on him, and pulling them out.Here are the 'ladies'. We are still getting three eggs a day. They really seem to be doing fine since Delicious became dinner.

That's all for now, I'll keep y'all posted with updates on the wonders of the garden.


Ron said...

Congrats on the garden! That is a HUGE area! Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with all of us this year.

Delicious was one gigantic chicken!