Gardens! Lets see them.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:55 AM
We've got early girl, roma and better boy tomatoes... jalepeno, anaheim and bell peppers...
zuchini and yellow squash...
spring mix lettuce, red and yellow onions, carrots, corn...
and watermellon, cantelope, string beans, cucumber, tomatillos... and on the other side of the yard some potatoes, chives, basil and peas.So far we've got about a hundred tomatoes popping out!
Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:14 PM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:15 PM
Tomatoes are next. We have nowhere near the numbers of plants we had last year. Last year we had 29 plants of Sausage tomatoes that we made salsa out of. But we wasted allot of them and people don't seem to want to make their own salsas and tomato sauces like we do. I have most of my odd tomato plants spread around the yard in nursery buckets. The reason for the buckets is that I asked a local nursery about their tree pots and what they did with them. They said how many do you want and I ended up with a pickup load of them. So here are some of my tomatoes.One of my bucket plants.
Tomatoes in the silver cages in the raised beds. There are cucumbers in the raised bed in front along with some pole bean and radishes. The bead on the far right also has tomatoes growing in it.
Cherry tomatoes that will grow over the wire arches.
Here are the radishes I spoke of above. I usually find little strips of unused beds to plant them every few weeks as they are a fairly quick growing item.
Here are the cantaloupes and they are a bit beat up by the last hail. We only grow Ambrosia melons because we haven't found any other that are as prolific and sweet as they are. We'll get close to thirty melons per plant.
My artichokes, I wished I had planted them somewhere else but they do well here so I leave them. I've already taken about 10 off of them so far.
Here is a mixed bed of fennel, chives, basil and peppers.
A bell pepper.
Here are some of our potatoes. As I said I have a bunch of tree pots so I grow my potatoes in compost we make from all of the leaves, grass and chicken droppings we accumulate over the course of the seasons. We grow Red, purple and Yukon Gold potatoes this way and we can grow them year round.
Next aren't vegetables but it just said show us your garden. Here are some of out grape vines we grow red flame seedless grapes. Most of them go to the chickens who sneak in and help themselves. Fencing has become more important since the hens have gotten older and our rooster shows them what's good around here. The owl doesn't work so I have to net them when they ripen.
Blue berries are next and we have nine varieties I think maybe ten. Notice the netting here to keep out the blue jays and mocking birds mainly. Starlings were a problem one year but they died off.
Last for now are a few new things I've added this year, thorn-less blackberries and two raspberries. I have six other plants growing in back of my horse stalls. The blackberries are supposed to produce two gallons of berries for each plant the first year. I hope so.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:15 PM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:31 PM
Some of the cherries before picking.
Today's harvest of cherries.
That same batch of cherries pitted and vacuum sealed ready for freezing with lemon juice and sugar for cherry pies.
One cherry pie worth ready to go.
We try to seal and then freeze any leftovers or things we can't or don't want to use up quickly. Here is one of my most used kitchen tools my chamber vacuum sealer.
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My mother use to make a drink that her father taught her called: "Liquor de los 40" It is a bottle of vodka or clear alcohol 40 coffee beans40 sugar cubesa sweet orange stabbed 40 times They would then mix it all together and let it soak for 40 daysIt's a good drink just a little too sweet for me personally when strait. However it is nice to mix it into a screwdriver or other libation. Enjoy your cherries!
Alex, I'll try a small batch of cherries like you suggested.Robert, I've had and made the oranges you mentioned as well as watermelon. But that was in my younger days. We had them on float trips too.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:28 AM
Digging the onions I use a digging fork as the roots can be pretty firm and you can damage the onion just yanking them out.
Closeup of a Walla Walla onion growing. Notice how high they sit up on the ground. People often ask if I planted them deep enough and the answer is they just grow like this.
A picture of the Stockton Reds. If you notice they are equally spaced it because I made a planting stick with dowels set at the distance they should be spaced to prevent crowding. It helps keep a straight line too.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:00 AM
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Next I layout my pattern and drill thirty of these out. I need to find a use for these.
Here is the barrel after the drilling.
I don't want to fill them completely with soil so I used three 3 gallon plastic planting pots screwed together lip to lip and another to the base of one to take up some of the soil space inside the barrel. Now to start filling and placing the strawberry plants.
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