Wednesday walk through the garden 6/26

I have been working every evening at pulling weeds and mulching the whole garden. It is starting to look more beautiful by the day!

Tomatoes everywhere!

We also have quite the dill forest! I’m hoping to lure in some swallowtail butterflies!

Dill!

And now for the other beauties in the garden:

Dragon tongue beans!

Zucchini!

Dickinson pumpkin

Purple tomatillo!

Potatoes ready for harvest!

Over 80 heads of garlic harvested!

It was nice finally being able to get out in the garden and work! Hoping to get the garden stand set up this weekend!

What are you harvesting?!

Wednesday walk through 7/27

It’s our last Wednesday walk through this month! How can it almost be August?!? I’m really not looking forward to back to school time and working!

Well, good news is that the garden has been working away! We have been harvesting lots of beans and zucchini!

First up are the luffas growing along the fence! You can see the luffa gourds and bee pollinating the flowers.

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Luffa gourds! 

I haven’t posted many pictures of my sweet potatoes this year! Last year I grew about 80 pounds!

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Sweet potato vines

And the poling beans have almost made their way all the way around the arch!

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Poling beans

Remember how I thought that I had patty pan squash growing? Well, I think that it’s some weird hybrid! Not really a patty pan, kinda pumpkin like. Oh well, it’s neat looking and the chickens will love it!

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A who knows what squash!

Looksy at this beautiful sight! I thought that all these blooms were beautiful! The bees were buzzing all around getting lots of pollen! Hopefully making lots of pumpkins! (And those trellises are sides of a crib! It was a drop down crib that was recalled, so we figured that we would repurpose it!)

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Pumpkin blooms!!

Oh and this beautiful cantaloupe! It looks like there are so many more female blooms!

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Cantaloupe!

And still lots of green tomatoes!! Hopefully  they turn red soon!!

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Look at those Roma’s! 

And now for the bad news… We live in town, so we can only have hens! And now that the guaranteed hen that we bought at the feed store is in fact a rooster, we have to rehome him! Hopefully we can find him a place!

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He’s so handsome! 

Hoping to harvest lots of yumminess today! Are you all harvesting anything?!?

Fair results and hot weather gardening

The weather has taken a turn for the extreme! It has been so hot, but I’m glad that we have a great rain water collection system to fall back on! Lots of rain barrels being used, so the garden is still nice and green!

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Nice green garden! 

Since we have a slight surplus of produce and a boy that LOVES to sell anything, I let him set up a produce stand. He made many sales!

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I mean, how adorable is that sign?!?!

And now, for the fair results!!! Not everything placed, but 3 items did! I got first place for my gardening apron!

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1st place gardening apron

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Here’s a nice collage of the apron! 

I have finally put a few on my gardening aprons on my etsy shop! http://www.earthfriendly4u.etsy.com

Then, there were my potatoes. They also got first place!!

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First place white potatoes

And last is my beekeeping picture. I got second place in the beekeeping category!

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2nd place! 

And the boy was pretty excited that he got first place for his necklace!

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First place necklace! 

My flowers, upcycled feed bag tote and strawberry jam didn’t place, but I’m pretty happy for my first year!

Hope that you all are enjoying the end of July!

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Walk through the garden 7/20

I just realized when I wrote the title, July 20th?!?! Summer is flying by, but I swear the garden is growing by the minute! We are getting a pretty good harvest here lately! Especially green beans and zucchini! (I did harvest our first cucumber, but the ones below were a gift from the neighbor!)

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Our nice harvest!

Along the fence line I planted a few sunflowers and luffas. Also, some cherry tomatoes decided to come up on their own!

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Our first baby luffa! 

And the rest of the garden is just blooming away! I see lots of potential produce, as long as it’s pollinated!

Around the chicken run I planted a few birdhouse gourd plants and the are starting to bloom!

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Beautiful birdhouse gourd bloom

I finally figured out what the  volunteers are at the bottom of the garden! They are… Cucumbers!!

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Look at that baby cucumber! 

There are loads of green tomatoes! I love looking at the difference between the slicing and Roma tomatoes!

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Heirloom marglobe slicing tomato

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Tiny Roma tomatoes! 

Every year I tell myself that I’m just going to buy my pepper plants because they are so slow to grow from seed, and then I start from seed every year. So, here are my itty bitty green peppers!

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Green pepper!

Lastly is this nice melon growing on the garden! It’s a muskmelon, basically tastes like a cantaloupe! We grew them last year and they were amazing!

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Tiny muskmelon

Hoping that your garden is flourishing and that you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor!

Weekend work!

We have been still working of fall cleanup around here. That consists of begging leaves off of friends, family and neighbors to use as compost and in the chicken run. (The chickens turn those leaves into amazing compost in days!)

I also started filling up the raised beds with compost and I’m sure it will break down a lot during the winter and will need more in the spring!

Lots of compost!

Lots of compost!

I still need to clean up this bed full of strawberries, but one project at a time!

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This is what I have been working on for several weekends! I’m working on turning a part of the yard that is nearly impossible to cut with the lawnmower into another garden. It’s also going to be where the bees will be kept as well as the new grape arbor. You can probably tell that I have some big plans for 2016!! Hope the mister will be ready to work in the new year! 😉

New garden area for 2016! (And bee yard!)

New garden area for 2016! (And bee yard!)

I also finally got around to pulling up that pumpkin vine that grew almost across my entire yard! It was kinda amazing! (And we got 4 pumpkins from it!) I cut the grass while I was at it. Hopefully for the last time this year.

No more pumpkin vine

No more pumpkin vine

After all of that work, I was ready to sit down and relax with this fellow. He is just such a cuddler!

Some Sherman cuddling

Some Sherman cuddling

Winter prep!

Here in our region, we are trying to get everything ready for winter. Snow will be flying all too soon. This weekend the mister and myself put down a ton of compost in the raised beds to put them to sleep for the winter.

We covered up the garlic that we planted with extra compost and wood chips to make those bulbs cozy for winter!

Planted 3 rows

Planted 3 rows of garlic

I also planted the raspberry canes that my uncle gave me! He’s the best and always shares plants from his garden!

Raspberry canes!

Raspberry canes!

I am also working on turning the pumpkin patch into a nicer area for an expanded garden and bee yard next year. I will just say that it’s a lot of work! (Pictures before too long!)

I also try to do a lot of things on my own around here! One is cut my pooch’s hair. I’ve been doing it forever and I must say that it’s nice saving around $25 everytime I do it myself! And, she hasn’t complained yet!

Izzy girl's haircut

Izzy girl’s haircut

I harvested the saddest carrot crop ever! I tried growing them in a container this year and still a fail! Oh well, can’t win them all!

All of the carrots.

All of the carrots.

Although I absolutely and completely dislike winter, fall is absolutely beautiful here! This is the sight that I see when pulling out of the driveway!

It's beautiful here!

It’s beautiful here!

Halloween and garden fun

For the first time, we actually were able to harvest pumpkins and my boy was able to carve a good sized one! He picked out his favorite and did all the work himself!

Lights on

Lights on

And of course we had to light it up to see how awesome that it looks!

Shining bright!

Shining bright!

Even though we used this pumpkin for fun, the chickens got the goop from the insides and everything that we cut out. They definitely did not complain!

Then, we roasted the pumpkin seeds and polished off most of them before the mister got home from work!

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And strange enough, I still harvested a couple things from the garden! I cut the last pumpkin from the dead vine and somehow found another sweet potato on accident!

Tonight's harvest

Tonight’s harvest

When it quits raining, I have some garlic that needs planting and raspberry canes that need put in the ground. So much work to do before the winter is in full effect!

How much is my garden worth?

It’s almost impossible to put a price on gardening. Since I teach, I consider gardening my summer job. I’m definitely not a professional, but I enjoy it!

Our garden!

Our garden!

This weekend when I went to Walmart, I wrote down the prices of the different produce that I grew. I used some of those prices, but made the prices of some items cheaper. For example, corn is 4 for $1 in peak season. As well as zucchini are only $1 a piece and strawberries are $1.98 per container during peak season. (All prices from my region!)

So, I kind of ripped myself off because my food is free of pesticides and all other chemicals. I’m sure that the produce at the store can’t make that guarantee!

Anyway, back to the price of my garden……….

$1,031.58

$1,031.58

In case you can’t read my horrible writing, that’s a very rough estimate of $1,031.58! I think that’s a pretty good haul! And this includes produce that I gave away as well as food for the hens! And, after totaling in the price of produce and eggs, the total comes to……

$1,151.70

$1,151.70

You read that correctly! $1,151.70. I think that’s pretty good! And really, for vegetarian fed chickens, the eggs are worth more  (probably!)

**Remember, all of this is based on prices from my area during this time of year. Prices fluctuate and vary by region! And, I just did this for my own fun!


Wednesday walk through the garden 10/7

It was a long day at work! Meetings, a new student, and papers that need checked. Lots of work! So, I couldn’t wait for my much-needed dirt therapy! (Aka gardening!)

I pulled up most of the remaining plants. That’s always kinda sad to me because it means winter is almost here, and I’m not a big fan of winter.

Almost cleaned out garden. :(

Almost cleaned out garden. 😦

Then, I decided to pull up the sweet potatoes that I threw in the ground last minute this summer. I need to write a whole other post about that!

More sweet taters!

More sweet taters!

The hens like the sweet potato vines!

The hens like the sweet potato vines!

I planted some lettuce about a week ago, and I’m finally seeing sprouts. I don’t think they have enough time to grow, but we will see!!

Baby lettuce!

Baby lettuce!

I’ve harvested over 10 pumpkins and I’m still surprised that more are giving their all to still grow!

Green pumpkin

Green pumpkin

Lucky for us, we are still harvesting veggies! There were over 1 and a half pounds of green beans and a couple ounces of tomatoes! Yum!!

Some of the harvest today.

Some of the harvest today.

Fall is so beautiful here in the Appalachian mountains! Slowly the leaves are turning colors and snow is to ght around the corner.

You can see fall!!

You can see fall!!

Birthday walk through the garden!

Yes, it’s true! It’s my birthday and I still feel blessed every year to be here! My husband knows that I have been saving up for some beekeeping supplies for next spring! He purchased some supplies for me to get me started! Yay!!! Such a lucky girl!!

My new bee keeping supplies!

My new bee keeping supplies!

I’m pretty happy that the strawberry plants are enjoying all of this rain and are looking very healthy! Yippee!

Strawberry plants looking nice!

Strawberry plants looking nice!

The boy was so happy to find all of these little worms all throughout the garden! He found some nice places for them to take up new residence!

Some of the wormies that the boy found!

Some of the wormies that the boy found!

We had a sweet potato sprout on the counter so I just shoved it into the garden this summer. I’m pretty excited to see that there are actually a few sweet potatoes that grew! I will be digging them up next month!

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And speaking of potatoes, I had a few regular potatoes that sprouted so I put them in the second bin of our compost bin late in the summer. And guess what I found today? Over 2 pounds of potatoes that most people would’ve thrown away!!

Yay! Free potatoes!

Yay! Free potatoes!

And lastly, I harvested yet another pumpkin! I’m pretty excited to put these up until the later fall for our hens! Pumpkins are a nice treat for hens when everything green is gone!

And that makes 11 pumpkins!

And that makes 11 pumpkins!

Today was a great day! I’m beyond blessed! 🙂