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.
New duckies arriving today! (This is actually one of last year’s, because the Husband took the camera with him to his out of town conference. But really, at this stage, they all pretty much look the same. Actually, they never look very much different, other than male/female color differences.)
It is so cool to hear them peeping before they are out of the shell!
Garden in May
So, this is a picture of my flower bed (foreground, in front of the downed tree). On May 1st. Grrrr. But, it’s all good, because:
Who could be cranky when there are 16 adorable ducklings to watch? 🙂