Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 July Garden - Soil update

 The garden was off to a slow start, but hot temps and high humidity have it growing like crazy now.  I have to admit, I am in love with this years garden.  

 

The soil is AMAZING.  If you have followed me for awhile, you may remember that I have been implementing a new garden method.  This is season 3 and so far every year has been better than the last.  I spend about 20 minutes a week weeding, and have yet to find a non-welcome garden insect.  I do, however, share the space with ladybugs, bees, earthworms, and Daddy-Long-Leg spiders.


Onions, broccoli, and lettuce.  Some of the lettuce has begun to bolt, but we are still eating lots.


My rhubarb is having it's second wind.  Good thing, I didn't get near enough frozen this spring.


Pole beans with carrots behind them. 


After freezing lots of cilantro, I let it go to seed.  I am going to save some as coriander and use the rest for next year.


Lavender!  It smells so good!  I started this from seed last year, and look at it now.  


This is the second year for these carrots.  I actually missed them and when they started coming up this spring I decided to let them go and collect the seeds.


If you read my post the other day, I apologize for my gripes.  Today is looking much better.  A friend of ours is able to fix it.  Nathan will take it over this weekend.  The parts for the truck repair came in and that's what Nathan is working on tonight.  We also received the new bar for the chainsaw.  Let the wood cutting recommence.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When it Rains, It Pours

This week has been a trial.  Chainsaw needs parts, truck needs new parts, now the tractor needs fixed.  It's trials like this that makes me understand why some people sell the farm and move into town.

As we were standing around the tractor sitting on the trailer, discussing our next move, the sun began to set.  My garden was illuminated with rays of orange and pink.  Chickens roamed the yard and my cows peacefully grazed in last light of the day.  This is why it is worth it to us.  While our chainsaw may break, we don't have to maintain a heater or worry about losing power and freezing.  Our animals are a lot of work, but the meat and milk can't be beat.  Even if we aren't able to cut our own hay, we are able to buy from a local source for a fair price.  All in all... life is good.




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