I'm starting asparagus in the greenhouse. It's like a tiny forest of trees in tiny pots.
Dismantling the potato bin:
While sorting through stuff on his dresser, Adam found the seed packet for the delicious sweet peas we put in. Now I know! Snow peas. Well, we will look for the same kind next year.
The tomatoes continue to produce daily. Here are the varieties we like so far:
Matt's Wild Cherry - great producers. Delicious fruit, tiny bursts of flavor. Healthy plants
Yellow Pear -- bearing very well. They were hard to grow in the greenhouse and didn't look like they'd thrive, but in the ground they've done very well. Good flavor and very pretty.
Garden Peach -- great flavor and sturdy texture. Again, a plant that seemed peaked in the greenhouse but has done fine in the ground, and everybody loves the juicy, meaty fruit.
Juliet -- the only non-heirloom we grew. A good small-plum size for salads, good flavor, producing a lot right now, which is very helpful for the early season when the other tomatoes aren't in full swing yet.
Mini-Orange -- such a pretty fruit! Another one that was tricky to handle in the greenhouse and seemed sickly. But it might be worth it for the pretty fruit.
Tomatoes that we are not so pleased with:
Cherry Chocolates, Black Cherries, and Black Plums. I'm not sure why but these darker varieties don't seem to have the sharp tomato flavor you look for. The Cherry Chocolates in particular are just not great. They are okay for making into a sauce because they have flesh and volume, but not much flavor. I thought the CCs would be great because they germinated early and grew well in the greenhouse. Live and learn!
Adam is scything on wet mornings; the scythe needs moisture on the tall grasses in order to work well. He's hauling all the cut grass into the garden to mulch the area. As it reduced, it also enriches the soil there. He has a bit of last year's compost left to begin an asparagus bed when we're ready for it. The asparagus plants are pretty small still.
We've improved our chicken area. Adam strengthened the fencing.
This is the first stretch of fencing along the alleyway to get into the coop. It was just chicken wire. He added 4x2 wire fencing.
Anyway, I'll share later about what he did to this roost. I wanted them on a lower roost, and not all squashed together. I wonder if the hens will comply? Knowing hens, probably not!
You're learning so much, working SO hard! I like that watermelon.ReplyDelete
Part of life is learning and growing, and with farming life, it is multiplied. You two are doing GREAT.ReplyDelete
Your garden looks fantastic! Reminds me that I need to go dig our potatoes too.ReplyDelete
Adding that wire to the chicken wire was a good idea. (We have "hardware cloth," the wire with holes too small for black snakes to get in. They are chicken killers. I found that out the hard way.) Excited about your getting chickens! Mine are well; the four-month old hens will be laying eggs in a few more weeks. Interesting discovery in the last two weeks --- two of the hens turned out to be roosters! Helen Crump is now Floyd Lawson, and Mrs. Mendelbright is now Goober!ReplyDelete
Your crops excite me so much! That gourd (what IS a gourd? Is that the American name for a Squash?) and the watermelon are amazing!!!ReplyDelete