Dirty Feet

21May12

My feet and hands are dirty, I’m sitting in the kitchen drinking a de-alcoholized beer while Dan reads to me about quinoa and corn. The house is finally cooling down, which means sleep may come easier tonight. Today K. asked if we could turn the air conditioning on, and I felt a bit bad saying, “No, we have no A/C, it’s going to be like this all summer, sorry.” I haven’t felt like blogging too much since we’ve been doing fairly standard homesteading tasks, like gardening and making rhubarb crisp. Part of what I want to do with this blog is cover the more unique aspects of our homesteading, such as trying to stay as local as possible in our buying and using as little plastic as possible, but our more “standard” daily tasks are not bad either!

So, in homesteading news: I’m slightly sad to report that the dandelion jelly did not gel, but I have a nice syrup that can be used to make tasty tea. Our gardens are almost completely planted, besides a few seedlings that take especially long to germinate (or I just started them late) such as our indigo, tobacco, and echinacea. We also have about 20 seedlings left: a combination of squashes and tomatoes.

Now, how about a little garden tour? We’ll start with our front yard.

Planters
Due to our garden only being able to fit so many plants, we usually fill up as many planters as we can. This year we have approximately 15 tomatoes and a few peppers so far, and we will likely up those numbers.

Front garden 1

Starting from the right we have strawberries, followed by a melon patch, followed by last year’s broccoli and brussel sprouts that are going to seed.

Front Garden 2

On the other side of the broccoli there’s my herb garden inside the white fence. That currently contains a large patch of chamomile from last year, lavender and chocolate mint. I also put down basil, dill, calendula and lemon balm seeds. The herb garden also has onions, but those won’t be there for long.

Towards the fence is a large section with cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and broccoli. Along the fence we have greens in the shade, including spinach, red cabbage, kale and chard, then in front of those are roots: beets, carrots, turnip and radish.

The front section of the garden has flax and sesame, and not pictured along the fence behind the water barrel are some sad pea plants and a few swiss chard.

Unfortunately the back plot picture is refusing to appear right side up, so that one might have to be saved for another day. However, I’ll let you know what we’ve planted so far anyway! We’ve got garlic from the fall, plus the three sisters (corn, beans, squash), cucumbers, peas, beans, tomatoes, amaranth, lentils, and another squash patch (zucchini, butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin).

Image

Finally, I just started our indoor herb garden, as most of last year’s plants are pretty scraggly or dead.

We already have a few green things poking through the garden, so I look forward to everything else that will start appearing soon!

 

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3 Responses to “Dirty Feet”

  1. 1 Aunt Andrea

    Wow, this is amazing and ambitious! How impressive! We thought we were doing well, but now I realize we planted our cabbage out in full sun, will that wreck it? Good Job! Love AA and UD

    • 2 eslofstra

      I think your cabbage is fine! I’ve never actually grown it before (same goes for much of the stuff we’ve planted), so take everything on this blog with a grain of salt. We’re mostly just experimenting with everything at this stage!

      • 3 Aunt Andrea

        Good for you for trying all sorts of plants. Your homestead is indeed inspiring and I forgot to say how awesome that fence looks in the front yard. I spent a good deal of last evening planning various fences around various garden spaces in my imagination. Yours was the best by far.


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