Garden update, end of June…

Main garden, below.. More aptly titled, what they ate…and what they didn’t eat! We’ve had a terrible problem with little critters eating our tender young plant starts. Mostly the cabbages, green beans, dried beans, and kale….and I think the beet seeds and squash seeds I planted.  But they most definitely didn’t like the onions, tomatoes,…

Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam, our absolute favorite…begins with fresh local strawberries (9 quarts, about 9 lbs) We wash, cut, and simmer with 5 cups sugar, the juice and zest of one lemon…for about 45 minutes to an hour, until it’s nice and syrupy.  While its cooking, I sterilize the jars, 8 pint jars…and the lids.  When jam…

Garden update -first day of summer! (June 20th)

The garden is about done being planted, just about (except for that patch where the pesky groundhogs keep raiding….cabbages..) I’ll fill that in with some replacements from the greenhouse…. The kitchen garden is really doing well, cardboard mulch is my new favorite weed block/mulch method, blocking weeds then breaking down by the end of the…

Early June garden!

And it’s planted! Well, almost….I still have the big hugel bed to plant (ground cherries and calendula), the solarium (ginger and kale)…the cabbage field……and if we get the second greenhouse in… It’s starting to sound like there’s so much left to do, but really we are almost done! The kitchen garden, brand new…my plan to…