Just a quick update on how our garden is progressing. It has grown a lot since my last post about four weeks ago!
But every day I lose another plant to my chickens, goats, or the dog. It is the most frustrating thing in the world to find your beautiful garden either dug up or munched on. I cannot stress the importance of a good fence, ie: not chicken wire!
Here are some tomatoes. Most of them are Amish Paste tomatoes, though there is a Yellow Marble tomato plant in there too. See how nicely the chickens have dug up the corner of the bed. There was a plant there:
Here are some Brandywine Tomatoes:
Here is the Paris White Cos leaf lettuce coming up.
And here are some Scarlet Nantes carrots:
The yellow squash bed is blooming. I think it’s interesting that the two biggest, greenest plants in the bed are the ones I watered with a compost tea, just as an experiment. Guess it worked!
Here are the bush green beans. The chickens will NOT leave them alone! I also had more lettuce planted between the beans, but the hens have destroyed them all:
The strawberry bed:
So far I’ve gathered 48 berries, though they’ve all been very small. These are Sparkle strawberries, which are smaller and good for making jams. I’m kind of wishing I’d planted a larger variety, as the berries we’ve gathered were hardly even large enough to taste.
Maybe they’ll get bigger as the plants mature, but I’ll probably order another variety next season. It will take forever before we get enough berries to have a canning session!
Spring onion bed. I’ve also interplanted cabbage:
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage. We’ll see if it lives.
Potato bed. I totally thought these guys were a lost cause. But they’ve surprised me! I finally have some shoots growing up:
Two Pumpkin mounds:
These are pie pumpkins:
Here’s my row of watermelons. I probably planted too many. But then again, who can have too many watermelons:
These are Moon & Stars Watermelons:
And a row of Cantaloupes:
These are Hales Best Jumbo Cantaloupes:
I also put a few peppers in the ground. Green peppers, and Pimientos. I think the chickens have killed all but one of them. Ugh:
And the corn patch:
We planted Golden Bantam corn. I still plan on planting some pole green beans to climb up the corn stalks once they get a little more established:
Oh yeah, and don’t forget the cucumbers in the front yard. These are Marketmore cucumbers:
Well, everything is looking way better than last year! Crossing my fingers 🙂
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.