|I have been busy planting. Much of this main garden is planted, or at least seeded.|
Also, we have just been crazy busy trying to take advantage of the good weather and accomplish some of the tasks around here. Poor Steve, I think he is glad to go back to work on Monday morning after working so hard all weekend here.
In the garden right now are onions, leeks, garlic, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuces, spinach, kale, chard, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and beets. Basil, carrots, and dill are seeded around the tomatoes and peppers. I can talk about companion planting, or "stacking" in another post, but suffice it to say that some things do better planted along side other plants. Still to come are sweet potatoes (where that plastic is laying down, heating up the soil) a few more peppers, eggplant, the summer squashes, cucmbers, sweet corn and pole beans. I am also laying down wood chips along all the garden paths. This helps hold mositure, and will add valuable organic matter to the soil as it breaks down. Plus, it helps keep down weeds.
|The cucumbers, zucchini, and some of the winter squash, in their flats in the cold frames. I should be able to plant these in the ground later this week. That's a stray lettuce there. I cut it back, and that's part of our salad tonight.|
|With the aid of a crane and a bucket lift, the radio tower that has "graced" our back yard finally got taken down. The previous owner was the emergency responder for the town, and operated a ham radio relay here.|
|Unhooking one of the sections to be lifted off by the crane.|
|Steve installed a shelf for the old grain mill. It is solid cast iron, and needed a hefty shelf!|
|I cobbled together a hoop covering for the strawberry bed. The chickens (aka "the excavators") have to be fenced out of anything we don't want dug up and scratched to pieces. That's a hundred strawberry plants in there!|
|Some flower seed starts in the cold frames. I will plant marigolds and nasturtiums around various garden beds, as they help deter certain garden pests.|
|The grown hens hang together most of the time.|
|The pastures are greening up nicely.|