May Garden

This spring has been a fairly cool and wet spring. Which isn’t super normal. But it’s super good! The weekend, and today it was all rainy and the last 2 weekends before, it also rained!
I’ve got all my garden in except my peppers and another section of corn. Last week we woke up to a few freezing mornings so my tomatoes were Finally able to get in the ground today. Anyways, pictures are better than words, so here’s some pictures, but some words too.

The Onion Patch.
I wanted Tons of onions. They store great, so why not grow a ton? Well Jed ‘only’ likes walla wallas so I ordered like 200. Well I counted when I put them in and there’s over 400. Oh well. Then I find out that walla wallas do Not store well. Oh well. I’ll freeze and dehydrate them. Then about a month later, I get Another box of onions in the mail. I momentarily panicked and thought I had only received half of my order. Long story short, I called, and they had messed up on sending out the onions, and I got to keep them, free of charge. Needless to say, I was able to give Those ones away!
Anyways. Say hi to the onions.

I’m super stoked for peas this year! So far they are doing MUCH better than mine last year. And sorry for the blurry photo. It was windy, rainy and I was wet and cold!

For greens this year, I planted lettuce, kale, spinach, swish chard, and red and golden beets.

Another poor quality picture. But ALL my tomatoes are in! I think I’ve got not quite 40 planted?! I’m really excited to see how my trellis system works this year. As you can see, I’ve got a cow panel on the left, and will put another one in between the two rows of tomatoes I got anxious and planted! The first row (on the left) should+will stay supported between the two panels. The row on the right, i’ll just weave some twine around them as they grow. Those tomato cages are fairly useless+expensive when you have 40 or so plants!

Chives about to bloom once the sun comes back 

A bean teepee works good to keep kids in! I’ve got peas and some sweet peas planted/growing up it, and then planted sunflowers All around it, and then about a foot away I planted another set of sunflowers so the children will have a little tunnel to go through! I have another bean teepee in the opposite corner which actually has beans planted.
Behind the bean teepee are my strawberries which are beautifully blooming, and then some asparagus at the end and potatoes in the dirt there. Will throw something else in there to make use of the space.
I’ve also transplanted my pathetic looking broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. I had them in my cold frame and they were fine but then something came and chopped all the leaves off. Grr.
And my rutabaga! I’ve only eaten it once or twice so figured I might as well try and grow it! It’ll store good too. Unlike my 400+ walla walla onions.
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And my perennial garden which I obsess over. Jed’s grandma let me dig up a bunch of irises, so I added them to my tulips and few lily’s I had going. Jed helped me put in that cow panel arch (ummm perks of living on a ranch!…cow panels everywhere!) which I have planted sunflowers on the ends of it, hop plants in the middle and scarlet runner beans filling the spaces between. I planted zinnias, poppies, marigolds, asters, daisies, and I’m really not sure what other seeds to fill in where the bulbs are. So cannot wait for this garden to come alive!
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And the tulips which I also obsess over.
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This is about all that is up in my garden right now. I noticed today that my wall of sunflowers I planted along the west side of my garden are all starting to poke their little heads through!
I also have potatoes, beans and corn planted. They’re just not as fun nor photogenic.


Busy May

I like how every post lately is about how busy I am. But that’s just life. I”m Very thankful I have found a lifestyle that not only keeps me busy, but keeps me truly happy and content with this place in life I have been given. I find that the more stuff I do, the more energy I have to do more stuff! Between the chickens, chicks, garden, niece+nephew, helping Jed with cow stuff, sewing, and then the everyday things like meals, dishes, cleaning and laundry, I keep very busy!

My garden so far has peas up, onions are in, (all 400+ of them!), lettuce+greens, beets, potatoes are up, along with the tulips slowly getting ready to burst open, the rhubarb is huge (not very red though..), the garlic is thriving, and my strawberries are beautiful! I can’t wait to get everything else planted in!

Without overloading this post with pictures, I tried to pick a few of what I’ve been busy with lately. Aside from my apron making.

Nosy Nancy is still a friendly sociable one.. Always will run out and great me! Above she was peering into the cold frame where my tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower,cabbage, broccoli and i’m not sure what else is in there, are! IMG_6177
So far we’ve had a yellow, white and red tulip open. There are pink and purple and orange ones about to open once the sun comes back
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Sassie the truck dog, loving her life!
The children and I were enjoying the garden while their mom painted, and my mom suffered through some snow!
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My cousin and his kind friend Sheldon stopped by for supper+the night. SO glad they thought of us and came to our place!

We were supposed to brand this past Saturday but it rained, so branding is this Saturday, following some AI-ing of the heifers, and the cows. So, many cow days ahead!