The start of the season, mid May 2017!

Its the beginning of garden planting season….(well, technically..we began back in february when we started our lil tomato and other early plants indoors, to be brought out to the greenhouse in march….then a rogue chicken broke into the greenhouse and demolished them…aargh)  So anyhoo, back to the beginning of garden planting!  This year we moved our echinacea/purple coneflower to the front of the house, for the beginnings of a perennial flower garden…

Clinic now open, fence almost done! Yay!

We moved a bunch of jerusalem artichoke/sunchoke tubers to the front as well…perennial, edible, and beautiful when they flower..

The apple tree in bloom, below..we are hoping for a good harvest of apples this year!

The expanded kitchen garden, just before planting…will house  greens, early veggies like radishes, peas, beans, kale, cucumber, herbs (parsley, basil, dill, cilantro, oregano, savory etc..) bob choi, celery, okra, some cherry tomatoes, arugula, and a bed of black beans to dry, amaranth…

in the solarium is planted lettuces, spinach…and 4 concord grape vines…

in the extended part of the kitchen garden is broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, onion, more amaranth…

what used to be our main garden will now be planted with cabbages, tomatoes, a line of peas, and hopefully sorghum (experimental molasses patch) and whatever greens and amaranth I had no room for in the kitchen garden! And of course the  large rhubarb patch…

Behind this, which was the original garden when we moved in, will be our ‘milpa in Vermont’….a big ole patch of corn beans and squash (pumpkin)…also known as the ‘three sisters garden’.  An experiment for us, but is a companion planting technique used in south america in which corn, climbing beans, and a squash are planted together in a mound.  The corn rises, the beans climb the corn (and their nitrogen fixing abilities feed the corn) and the squash spreads and creates a thick ground cover, essentially helping to mulch out the weeds.  These are all good storage foods, dried corn, dry beans, and pumpkin and butternut store for many many months…(though,if all goes well, i know we willl be eating much of the corn fresh!) The fourth sister, jerusalem artichoke, is planted on the perimeter of the garden, as well as some mammoth sunflower..

will keep you posted on how this one goes!

our newest residents, the duckies…

the starts, patiently waiting to be planted…

Below, the greenhouse being prepped…

after much thought, we decided to plant it with culinary herbs this year..on the left, and on the right, with sweet potatoes!

(did you know sweet potato leaves are edible! Not only do they provide a nutritious sweet potato that stores well, but the leaves are highly nutritious as well…win, win.)

plus i needed to find a plant that would enjoy the incredible heat of the greenhouse …and thrive in that environment…

our laying hens, a mix of white brahma, delaware, black star, red star, americana mixes, and olive eggers..who knows how many. they won’t sit still long enough for me to count them.

the solarium, our salad garden this year..below

prepping the corn, bean and squash mounds, with a thick mulch of leaves and wood chips to help keep moisture in and stifle weeds.

 

the back pond, below…

the view from the backyard!

my lil garden helper!

my three favorites at the moment!

happy planting!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. marc says:

    Thanks Lisa for all your hard work and perseverance.

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