Monday, August 29, 2011

garden

aren't these awesome?

is this as tall as an elephant's eye?

our hopscotch relo from port townsend to grass valley, via arcata and santa cruz, meant that we missed 3 years of gardening. we have a grand garden this year and we are relearning several things. like; don't plant too close, how many tomatoes can we eat and freeze or dry, how many basil plants can we use, and again… how much room does a pepper plant need?

not to complain tho. we have chard, kale, string beans, zucchini, tomatoes of several sorts, onions, lotsa basil, carrots, yellow summer squash, delicata squash, butternut squash, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatillos, beets, potatoes, corn, peas, chives, and something i've forgotten for sure. (it was the red peppers)

we do have the usual difficulty with wanting to eat everything our plants give us. there is no way to grow just enough. that's what the compost pile is for.

and next year....... chickens!

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful garden and photos! Two friends of mine have chickens, too. Great idea!

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  2. are the watermelons ready yet? I ate a sugar baby from the store recently and it was delicious.

    I appreciate your admonition to give the seedless some space...your earlier post shows the wisdom of this, but it's so hard, because they do look so lonely out there in the beginning! But hell, you've got the room! The only other way to plant more closely is to do the old french intensive method...which I have done with great success at times. Doesn't solve the poor broccoli in the shade of another problem, though.

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  3. Chickens are the best. Not always the brightest though. But, we found Ms. O'leta, our bantam hen was most smart and the boss of the others. Once Trace put some plastic eggs in her nest, she got the idea and wow, it was eggs forever. I discovered one day when weeding around the chicken house ( called the Coupe deVille), that they are prone to sleep when I sang Amazing Grace. Nowadays, our wonderful neighbors up the street bring us fresh range free every now and again. Fresh eggs are soooo delicious. peace, MandT & B

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  4. Wow, that corn makes mine look like pigmy corn.
    The good thing about over gardening is that you have happy neighbors. Great job.

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  5. Oh, it IS a grand garden. How wonderful to have such really fresh veggies.

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  6. That's what neighbors are for!! Give your excess away. Beautiful tomatoes.

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  7. Great garden. We went for mostly flowers this year as I work a half day at a local organic farm and get lots of organic vegetables there for the work.

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  8. WOW! I wish I were your neighbor . . . those tomatoes are making my toes wiggle!

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  9. Wow, terrific garden this year! Guess you are making up for those garden-less years. It's so nice to have your own homegrown vegetables. It is something I truly missed during the past couple of years. This year, I grew a few things in a patch on my own land and also a long row in my neighbour's garden. Trouble is, I am so busy working onthe old house, I don't have timeto cook much of what I grow. Doh!

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  10. Wow! Your garden is looking great and those tomatoes look fab. You have room to put in some fruit trees too! (Or maybe not, considering the deer foraging.)

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  11. those tomatoes look phenomenal, and the bounty of your garden is staggering. ok, when you added the last part about the chickens... well I must say I am now officially jealous!

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  12. late commenting, but love the photos and the garden!

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  13. Whoa! THAT garden and your description makes gardening here in the rain forest seem pointless..... SO MANY things you're happily easily growing we don't even try with.... Yep, we lucked out with our Sep heat wave, otherwise there would have been NO corn.... even our hot peppers are dwarfs. BUT, Someday, we'll be living back there and enjoying that warm weather.

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