2017 is yet another year when we won’t be getting much from our gardening efforts to shorten the food chain; not having a spot to start seeds early enough really cuts down on what I can get out in the garden in time. We are still working on it though. Next year I WILL have an indoor seed starting area, somehow. In the meantime, here’s what we’ve got growing this year (We also have 15 adolescent chickens who will be providing eggs in a couple of months, but I missed getting a picture of them.):
Lettuce and peas
Three Sisters – corn, beans and squash
Herbs – Clockwise from top left: Italian parsley, chamomile, spicy oregano, unhappy basil, unhappy basil
Inside the underused small greenhouse – tomato (5), cucumber (1), celery (4), carrots and 2 random daisies.
Outdoor tomatoes and replacement amaranth
More tomatoes and some peppers
Mystery squash in the compost
Raspberry arbor #1
Raspberry arbor #2
Potato (1 of 90)
Purple pak choy (still tasty, even after bolting)
Winter squash (probably won’t mature before winter, but we’ll see)
Mystery compost squash planted in the garden
The big greenhouse will be ready to extend the growing season, though we won’t be using it for heat lovers this summer.
Ducks – most of these will be in our freezer in a month or two. We’re switching back to chickens.
This year’s duck poop compost
Last year’s duck poop compost, growing a very healthy crop of chickweed and lamb’s quarters (aka duck feed) – this needs turning.
Last year the property across the street from ours went on sale. It was an empty 1 1/3 acre lot that hadbeen used to store a few old cars, and for little else. The property neighboring us on the other side had been beautifully wooded when we bought our house but has since become the neighborhood eyesore/overgrown junkyard. We weren’t willing to look at that across the street as well, so to protect our view (among other reasons), we bought the property. We are slowly turning it in to a mini-farm.
This year we just planted a small portion of the property (which has become known to us as “The Property”) to buckwheat, field peas, and oats, as test crops, and to provide organic matter for improving the less than spectacular soil. We got a late start, so we are not expecting much from our plots this growing season. (You can see in the foreground that we also planted some carrots and beans, and there are some snow peas there, too.)
Some of the test crops will be used as bedding and/or feed for our new friends:
A mixed flock of 11 old layers (not many actually laying) and 5 young Rhode Island Red bantams (not in the picture).
And I”m homeschooling 2 active smarty-pants while working part-time at our church. 🙂 It’s a crazy life!