Saturday, January 1, 2011

Summer: Farm

What's Growing: 2011

 Our first year garden is a rapidly changing place in our home.  I decided to put this post up after being inspired by Soule Mama's post today about her garden.

Chicken Tractor

Our chicken tractor is a busy place these days.  Between the entertaining 5 girls who live there, to the twins who visit every few hours to pass fresh greens into the run (or part of their lunch when Mama isn't looking).

Meet the Chickens

As summer reaches its peak here in upstate NY, and we are preparing our minds and home for the presence of a new soul, we are also looking daily for the first egg from our chickens.

Early Harvest

After so many years of talking and dreaming and scheming, we are actually harvesting from our garden!!

 Fridge Pickles

With the overabundance of cucumbers coming out of the garden, we are exploring all the many pickle recipes we can find.  I didn't love the fridge pickles we made last year, so this year I am experimenting a bit and planning on canning some dill pickles as well.


 Preserving Herbs

It's time to start preserving some of our herbs!

So it turns out I planted too much basil.

Ground Cherries

 Starting at the beginning of August, the ground cherry husks started to brown and drop to the ground.  We've been harvesting them off the ground and putting any green ones on a windowsill for a day.

 Oh My: Goats
 Why Goats?

 This past weekend something big happened around here.  It was something we've been thinking about for a while, but acted on quickly, and well they're here and we're going with it, with a wee bit of anxiety and a whole lot of excitement.

Goats Meet the Chickens

After a full week in their new digs (see the mostly built shed above).  Our doe, Belle, was still bleating frequently.  Despite being 5 months old, she was still nursing when we got her and missed her mom and the herd a lot.

Garden Musings: Sept 6, 2012

I love the garden this time of year; when the deep greens and early season flowers start to give way to yellowing leaves, clumps of vibrant berries, and the deep colors of tomatoes, squash, and pumpkins.

Garden Musings: Aug. 23, 2012

The garden is producing in full force these days!  Each day, we collect a basket of goodies and attempt to throw them together into something edible: tomatoes in all colors, summer squash, beets, corn, ground cherries, beans, pumpkins, gourds, and did I mention tomatoes?

Garden Musings: Aug 6, 2012

The bees are gone.  After they swarmed last week, and hung out in the tree for a few days, they finally left Friday morning.  I went outside at 8 to see them, and when I stuck my head outside at 8:05 they were gone.

Bee Swarm

 That said, I couldn't just leave the swarm up there and do nothing (even if the swarm is 40 feet off the ground).  So I set out some bee traps using some bee stuff we had around. 

 Garden Musing: July 16, 2012

 Just like so many places in the country right now, our garden's are parched! For a few weeks now we've had barely any precipitation and since we were out of town for a week things got a little dry.

Garden Musings: June 28, 2012

It's been so hot and dry here the last few weeks, but nonetheless, the gardens are filling out, the broccoli
 is ready for a first harvest, and the last strawberries are ready for picking. 

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