There are only two weeks left till I can leave my comfortable office chair, and head out into my own, even more comfortable little world, or should I say garden. I’ve been busy planting lettuce and I hope to plant some spinach should the weather co-operate, but these a not my main concern. On May 30th, if the weather is suitable, I’ll start planting nearly 1,000 plants, mostly Tomatoes, Peppers and Cucumbers. These are the crops that I have the most experiance growing, and they are my favorites as well.
For now though, It ‘s time to plant cooler weather crops. I would post pictures of the progress, however there wouldn’t be much to see. The method I am trying this year is to lay down newspaper, and cover the edges with rocks and dirt. I then poke holes in six inch increments, and place my seeds. The first two rows were planted two weeks ago, and the seeds are just now starting to grow true leaves. So in place of garden pictures, I decided to post a picture of the wild strawberries that surrond my house. They have been here for years, and they never disappoint with tiny strawberries the size of pencil erasers.
Also, This weekend, my little buddy decided to bring his watermelon plants over to the greenhouse for some soaking in the sun. He had started them in his house, and placed them by a window. You can see how they shot up looking for light, but I think they will be o.k. now that there in the greenhouse. I love the extra effort he went throught with his Sponge Bob cups, which really show some character.
I finished up two extra chicken coops with some help from Nate and Karesse. The first one is connected to my Laying Hens home, and it allows the birds to scratch into the dirt, something they love to do. The other coop is a temporary enclosure, while I save up to build a larger chicken pen. Chickens don’t seem to be at home unless they are able to play in the dirt. The pen closest to the camera, contains chickens that I’ve raised from incubated eggs. It’s pretty amazing to watch their accelerated growth.
It was also time to clean out one of Sandies Cow’s pens, so while taking a break I snapped some pictures. This odd plant in the foreground is called a Rose-Hip. They bear flowers, but more importantly, they bear a small red fruit in the fall. This fruit is very high in Vitamin C, and even helped Great Britian during World War 2, when German subs where sinking vital shipments of Citrus. I’ve transplanted some of these to my yard, and I’m hoping they take, but if not, I have seeds saved from last year. They take up to 3 months to germinate !
Finally, almost as if I planned it, a Goat climbed up onto an old parts mower, and with the camera in hand, I snapped a picture: