We have been so incredibly busy that Lee hasn’t had time to hoe in the garden much or finish fixing the rototiller. He has been very stressed over the garden but I tell him no worries–we get done what we get done. Actually, I didn’t think we would even have a vegetable garden this year as we wanted to focus on the house more. We ended up getting a few things started, but it’s not as extensive as our plans or seeds. We are a bit bummed out by that, but on the whole pretty pleased.
My garlic from last year is still looking really good. I’m looking forward to a new harvest of garlic as last year’s supply is getting low.
Last year when I was planting my winter garden I planted fava beans. I had no idea what they were but I knew they could be planted for spring harvest, and into the ground they went. So … now I have fava beans, and I still don’t know what they are. I guess I will have to look for recipes.
We did get a few pathetic little onions going in the spring. They may be small, but I am still excited about them. The white object by them is a vole trap. We are still dealing with an out-of-control vole population. Trying to garden with the little veggie munchers all around is very frustrating.
I planted a small patch of popcorn without any hope that it would sprout. Lee’s failure twice last year to get his field corn to sprout made me feel worried (note aforementioned vole problem). I honestly thought that the voles were going to tunnel up and down each row and eat every seed. I about wet my pants when I saw little corn sprouts coming. So far my little section of broom corn is still a no show though.
I had the same worry about the voles eating the bean seeds I planted. I ended up planting three row each of three varieties of dry beans. I had so many more I wanted to plant, but I only had a small bed with good tilth from our failed over-wintered lettuce. Oh well, the rest of my bean seeds will just have to wait until next summer.
I planted a mix of squash, pumpkins, and zucchini from seed and from starts I bought. I was so late in planting the seed that the starts are kinda of a backup against voles and failed germination. I was afraid if I didn’t plant any starts I was going to be really disappointed if not one seed sprouted. We planted two rows of potatoes which were left over from last year. Those were also planted way too late, but if we have a late fall then maybe it will be ok. The potato starts were going to be composted anyway so we might as well take our chances. We did get our tomatoes and peppers in mid-May and they are doing great so far. Here is an overview of our sad little garden as it stands at this moment.
Lee started shoveling pig poop so he could get it composting. He was going to count every wheel barrow full that he dug up but he lost track. We layered the poop with the straw from the pig hut shelter.
He thought he may have moved about 25 loads, but there is still a lot of poop left to shovel out of the pig pen. As he sweated away I heard him wishing for a tractor with a loader.
There is grass about six foot tall in certain areas of our fields. Lee’s tractor started having issues last year (running rough) and it’s got worse this year. At the moment he thinks it’s a carburetor problem. It will start up and run okay for a little bit, but when you try to mow it gets really unreliable and he has to coax it back to park it. He gave it an oil change this spring, so it has decided to slowly leak oil in appreciation.
The tractor sat so long that vines were growing up it again.
Lastly, after living in this house for almost three years, we had some plants by the mailbox bloom for the first time. I thought they were gladiolas but boy was I wrong. It looks like iris to me.