this week in my garden {may 15}

Over these last few months we have carved a little homestead space into our backyard. Joe cut down a few trees and a mountain of brush. We learned how to run an industrial chipper we rented for the afternoon…that was something! It's been an amazingly huge project…. one that we are excited to see the fruits of as the leaves fill in again and the forest wakes up. Everything is just beginning to green up and fill in and we're happy to see that we opened up the canopy enough to to let the shine on our little garden…. but that we still feel like we live in the woods. (plus, knock on wood, we seem to have less ticks this spring!)

in my garden : may 15

*June 2013*

in my garden : may 15

*June 2013*

in my garden : may 15

*June 2013* (last summer's view from the porch…. look at the muscles on that lumberjack, ahem.)

in my garden : may 15

*October 2013*

in my garden : may 15

*May 2013* (the guys are standing right where the garden is in the picture above this one)

in my garden : may 15

in my garden : may 15

in my garden : may 15

This spring we planted 4 blueberry bushes, 6 blackberry bushes, 5 raspberry bushes, 3 grapevines, 1 plum tree, and 6 apple trees. We read about a technique  where you plant three apple trees in a tripod close together, you keep the center well pruned for good ventilation. This is supposed to be ideal for small spaces. We'll see!

I started nasturtium, sweet peas, lettuce, greens, herbs, peas, beans, nettle, lemon balm, flowers, squash, melon, kohlrabi, beets, radish, spinach, cilantro, dill, savory, chives, sage, parsley, cauliflower, and collards over the last 2 weeks. My mint came back from last year and I moved it into the garden. (left in her pot so she doesn't take over the place.)

I used salvaged limbs to make odd shaped beds around the edge of the fencing where I planted nasturtium, sweet peas, and herbs…. my hope is that the nasturtium and sweet peas will climb all over the fence and the herbs will deter hungry critters.

Soon the tomatoes & peppers will be heading out there…… and I can't wait for fresh peas. 

Tell me, what's going on in your garden?

xo,

s

 

25 thoughts on “this week in my garden {may 15}

  1. Oh I love it! Your garden layout is beautiful and I can’t wait o see pics of all the goodness coming from it. Living in the desert now, we can’t plant into the ground so we are hoping to raised beds BUT I came across another issue with trying to grow here – insane winds. Every couple of days it gets up past 50mph and my little herb plants are dying from it 😦 Ugh!!! I have to keep trying though. We NEED a garden when organic produce is an hour’s drive away.

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  2. Wow! I love your homestead. It’s dreamy and beautiful. You all have done so much work. Not much going on in our urban garden but soon, soon!

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  3. Your garden looks amazing!!! My garden isn’t so amazing this year. I cant do much with my hip (squatting, crawling…etc..etc..)However, my hubby and his friend are going to rebuild my poor greenhouse this summer so when I have my hip surgery next year i’ll be able to garden in there. Its a nice 12×12. I’ll post pics next year of it lol. Good luck with your garden. Its amazing and I am totally jealous!!!

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  4. I had to give up my tiny, crappy community garden plot. Commute with the new job is just too much. OHHHHHHHH the life envy I have right now! So. Much. Life. Envy.

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  5. Oh my this is so wonderful! πŸ™‚ I like how you have fenced in the beds. I can’t wait to see this all start to grow. I jsut harvested the first two cucumbers from my cucumber plant in a pot. I decided we must have pickles and so I pickled them in a small jam jar. We’ve got carrots and kale and tomatoes basil. The works really.

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  6. Well, you must have sent all your ticks to us this year. They are BAD in PA this year! I actually created a tick spray for my poor dog out of essential oils and such.
    Anyways, your garden is looking good. We are just starting as well. I am excited because this year I will have a small herb garden, as well, for my medicinal herbs. Yay!

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  7. That greenhouse sounds *amazing*!! On the dream list here…. I hope to get some sort of floating row covers to extend the lettuce season as much as possible. You can always do a few potted veggies and herbs just to keep your sanity πŸ™‚

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  8. Look at that…. you are harvesting when I am planting seeds! Summer squash in this weekend and cukes just before we head to Alaska. Joe is going to be busy tending the garden while we're away! We made TONS of refrigerator pickles last year with our csa share…. they were so yummy. And I can't wait for basil!! 

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  9. Major bummer 😦 I know you loved that. I wish you could pack up and move somewhere with a little open space. It seems very *you*. By the way….. you were the main reason I included the close up of the hunky hub wielding a chainsaw. I figured if you appreciated a man in uniform then chaps and a chainsaw had to make you smile too πŸ™‚ hehehe….

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  10. Thank you for the sweet words…. it's been a lot of work! We only have an acre. So about half an acre out back in this view. It feels bigger because there is woods all around us. We have a huge front yard, but it's our septic system and so we'll only do flowers out there for the most part. Everything edible is out back…. and we left most of it wooded. The kids tree fort is in the very back. We feel so lucky to have this space. It isn't huge by any means, but it's a very generous size for some small homesteading projects πŸ™‚

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  11. Yuck. SO sorry about that. I'm not convinced the chickens have helped…. I think most of it is due to clearing of brush. I would LOVE to know more about the tick spray! AND I've planted some medicinal herbs too. More going in today and tomorrow. Do you have any favorites? I'm a total newbie in this area. I'm headed to the plant sale in Providence in hopes to find a few interesting things to add to the garden…. it's supposed to be a "rare and unusual collection" of herbs and plants…. we'll see πŸ™‚

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  12. beautiful, beautiful! I love the salvaged log beds and spying your hives. such a great time of year, all the green and the new beginnings….. we’ve been at our place for almost 5 years and it is at a point where I feel we are nearly maxed out on our .25 acre. 7 hens, three hives, 2 apple trees, a peach, pear, and plum. 2 elderberries, 8 blueberries, a big “L” of raspberries in the corner, 2 strawberry beds and 7 or 8 other beds, and now another big chunk of the yard being turned into garden~ had we another 1/2 acre (and if the town said it was okay) I’d love to have a couple goats and maybe raise some chickens for meat. but for now, we will hold. so far in the garden this year we are eating broccoli rabe (spellcheck really wants that to be broccoli rage), nasturtiums, parsley, cilantro, lettuce, kale, and bok choy. the peas are close to flowering and the garlic is getting tall. onions and leeks and shallots are in, other greens and root crops are growing, and soon we’ll seed the cucurbits and beans and transplant peppers and tomatoes. yum, yum, yum! can’t wait to watch your garden/homestead space evolve throughout the season!

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  13. That sounds amazing!! I'm looking forward to adding a little each year. Definitely more raspberries and I want elderberries too! We only have about .25 of an acre that is "homestead-able" so I love hearing what you've done with yours. Cut flower beds are going in the front yard next year… over the septic. I can't really grow food out there…. so flowers it is! We're considering meat birds tucked into the corner too. We do have space for that…. it's just a matter of building another structure/shelter and the bees maxed out the budget until this fall! Your garden sounds delicious!! I've got bits & pieces sprouting up…. so excited to see it all turn green πŸ™‚

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  14. That’s fantastic – I would have guessed you were in a larger space. I’m heartened to hear you’re on just an acre because that’s likely about what we are going to be able to manage (cost-wise, unless something amazing lands in our lap for cheap!) and I’m so glad to see how much you’ve been able to do with it. xo

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  15. It's deceiving isn't it? And we really have a lot of woods so the actual garden space is pretty small. I hear ya on affording land in this area. Uff-da. We plan to head out to the country in a few years and find something a little more affordable…. and with a little more space. It sure is fun being so close to everything for now though πŸ™‚

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