The third of our large garden plots is now established and planted with five rows of potatoes and several of sweet corn. Squash will be planted on the edge so we can train the runners to go up the hill eliminating even more mowing (we hope).
The other two plots have been worked up, one is planted in sunflowers and native corn, while the second is all grass seed for this year’s meat bird pasture.With the coop moved into place, we just have to fix the roof (more storm damage) and we’ll be ready to brood chicks next month.
Two years ago we planted 300+ asparagus roots and six apple trees. This spring we had blossoms on our trees and three or four light harvests from our asparagus bed! Then the temps dropped below freezing a couple of nights. That took care of any apples and asparagus for this year. No real harm done and next year should be a bumper crop!
One area we have neglected to pull weeds in is the closed in run for our little garden chickens. These three bantams have made a path to their little outdoor shelter which is kind of cute, but I’m pretty sure those will be the next weeds to go.
Included in all of our storm damage last year was the loss of our gazebo. Since our patio has absolutely no shade . . . we purchased another gazebo and were lucky enough to find the same one on sale this spring. Now we just have to finish planting and we’ll have shade to relax in while enjoying our garden. With a fourth raised bed in place and a fresh load of black dirt, we should have the remainder planted this week, just in time for out young helper to spread the bark mulch.