Well, let's see if I can remember everything I wanted to write about in this post. I am a true gardener - I remember reading somewhere something about a true gardener is always looking at the next years plans, dreams of the garden, no matter how well or poor this year's garden has done. This is so true!
We were not even going to have an annual garden this year as we wanted to concentrate on planting perennials and fruit and nut trees. Well, I went and got ahead of myself....surprise, surprise! Despite our neglect, it did alright. Once I saw that plants were actually growing underneath all the weeds that had grown up, I started pulling weeds and tried to save the veggies.
Our best crop we had was cucumbers! We had a shitload!!! I never had luck with them before, always got downy mildew and then they would just peter out and never set fruit, but this year, they did wonderful. I say it was from the dehydrated cow manure from the cattle shed we added to the soil.
This pumpkin was the last bounty I pulled from the garden.
If I remember correctly, we got a few pieces of corn, a handful of sugar snap peas, a few zucchini, a couple of yellow summer squash, some mesclun lettuce, some beets, a little broccoli, tons of cucumbers, several tomatoes, a few bell peppers, several hot chili peppers, a few acorn squash, a couple of butternut squash, and a few pumpkins. I can only imagine if the garden is tended to like it should how productive it can be. I am already thinking about next year's garden and what seeds I want to plant. It does not help that we already have received a couple seed/plant catalogs on the mail! ALL THOSE PRETTY PICTURES!!!!! ARGH!
Next year, we plan to preserve and store more food. I expect next year to be the year of canning/freezing and crafting!
The chickens scratching in the garden, helping out.
Well, the garden is pretty sleepy right now. We have added straw/mulch to the annual garden area and had one of the meat chicken tractors in the annual garden area that we moved around when the broiler chickens were in it. The chickens did a nice job scratching around and left lots of fertilizer behind. The meat birds are now gone so it is pretty quiet out there. The hens like to go out there and scratch around though.
We plan on expanding the garden outside of the backyard. The 2 remaining broiler chicken tractors were in this area preparing it for gardening. We are going to put raised beds out there with garlic and asparagus. Around the raised beds, we plan on putting several blueberry bushes.
We have also been discussing new animals for next year. We are interested in adding sheep, but will probably hold off another year for this. We do want to add a few more hens, some guinea fowl, and some indian runner ducks for the pond.
We still have lots of cleaning up the property, pruning trees, cutting down old, rotten trees, getting rid of junk in the outbuildings, organizing the outbuildings, tearing down the dilapidated turkey shed where our new home site will be, among the everyday stuff!
We have plenty to keep us busy! :)
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