Archive for July, 2015

Garlic harvest

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

   

Harvesting garlic, braid for storage Watch on youTube!

Boysenberries!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

In search of raspberries, I visited a small farm just up the road from us. What a nice little operation of self-serve berry picking with friendly owners! I was a little disappointed to find that raspberry season is bacially over already. I did pick 3lbs raspberries, 4lbs of blueberries, and 5lbs of Boysenberries. Boysenberry jam was one of my favorites when I was little…but it is nothing like homemade. I would say my homemade boysenberry jam tastes like half raspberry, half blackberry. It is good, just not what I remember. After teaching half the day, and picking all these berries, I still had energy to make my batch of jam and put the leftover berries in the freezer.

   
 

Garden update

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The garden is doing beautifullly!!! We are very happy and feel blessed considering this is only our 2nd year gardening on this soil. Last year we were not able to add much organic matter to the clay soil. This year we hauled in 3 truck loads of composted cow manure, a free load of wood chips from a tree trimmer and another load of wood chips that we picked up with our truck. What a difference!  
My little flower garden by the front gate. Nasturtiums, Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, Pacific Statice, Marvel of Peru, and potted petunias. Close up of Kiss Me flowers below.

  Farmer Jonathan built this tomato cage out of old hog panels. Works splendid! We stick poles through the wires for added support as the tomatoes get taller. So far, my favortie tomato support system.  
I call this the Plant Cemetery. Perhaps a bad name considering nothing is dead here…but this is where everything went that needed a home and I couldn’t decide where to plant it. 🙂 We have Dill, lots of flowers, chives, cat nip, fennel, sunflowers, Borage and sage.

  On the other side of the walk path we have Statice, Marvel of Peru, Pumpkins, Oregano, Basil, and some carrots.  
Poor Larry the Cucumber Rock is struggling to stay visible! Good thing these cucs are growing so well as we are eating up our very last jar of pickles!!

    

 Farmer Jonathan’s pepper plants are doing swell too! Look how dark green and healthy these guys are! Happy!

   
  We harvested our cabbages and garlic, then ripped this area out, rotatilled in some home made compost, and planted my pitiful pumpkins that needed transplanting at least a month ago! Hope they snap out of being root bound and get growing fast. Don’t those wood chips look great!?  
The strawberries are doing much better too! They are so enthusiastic, they’re making new plants! Maybe they were feeling lonely. Glad to see them happy.

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
Did you notice the changes here? My lavendar plants were not too fond of their water can pot. So, I dug around in the dirt, added a bit of potting soil, heaped on some nice wood chips, and planted my French, Dutch, and English Lavendar plants here beside the greenhouse! Hope to get some lovely Lavendar blooms soon.

  And while I’m out doing my Lavendar transplanting, Farmer Jonathan is busy clearing brush out of the way to install his new Chicken House. The girls are MORE than ready for move in day!!  
 

Independence Day

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

We celebrated our wholesome life of simplicity and freedom, thanking God for His many blessings!

The menu:

Sloppy joes from a cow grown on the property.

Greek Pasta salad with garden tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

Festive pudding pie – red raspberries, blue blueberries, both hand picked, white vanilla pudding. 

Blue sky organic soda for a special treat.

And vitamins of course! 😉

   
  Pretzels were a rare treat in celebration of the special day as well.

  
As you can see, I spent most of my day in the kitchen. It was a joy to prepare a special little meal, thoughtfully counting each and every blessing. God is very good to us and we are thankful most of all for freedom in Christ!

 

After dinner, we sat on the hill and watched fireworks from 5 differnt towns.