My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

In the garden…. May 8, 2009

In the garden….

In the Garden things are growing & changing. When you see pictures of gardens you must realize that they are just a fleeting moment captured in the life of that garden. No other day or hour will it look exactly like that again because a garden is a living, breathing, growing life form, which also contains many other living, growing breathing life forms. Even if we weren’t working on making changes and improvements to the garden all the time, it would be different every day or two.
gardenapril09 008A beautiful pink poppy. The bees are always loving these big poppies as soon as they open in the morning because they are full of pollen.
gardenapril09 009The chickens have been working over this area for several months now. When we cut down a big evergreen this is where I had piled all the little branches too small for firewood. That yellow thing is my little electric chipper/shredder and now I’m shredding up the bigger stuff that the chickens haven’t eaten or broken up. When done, the area where the chickens are will become a new garden area and the chickens will go back on the other side of the tree for the summer where they will get more shade during the hot part of the day.
gardenapril09 018Well, ‘ol Stumpy is gone, thank goodness. this is the pile of chunks and roots we dug and cut out. There are actually some more roots in the way of finishing off this area, but I can only get so much done at a time.
gardenapril09 014Well that first green tomato is getting really big and now it has company.
gardenapril09 017A new view from the patio, this is looking back towards the greenhouse, which now has no plastic on it. You can see all the roots there on top of the wall we pushed over getting the stump out.That whole area will become more greenhouse eventually.
gardenapril09 020The Baby blue Hubbards are thriving on the compost pile. That thermometer says 160 degrees!
gardenapril09 021Since the days have been 85 to almost 90 I took the old windows off those watermelon & cantaloupe seedlings growing on the other compost pile. The watermelons are running already.
gardenapril09 032The bunnies are _almost_ big enough to be BBQ. Yes, I eat rabbits. Rabbit meat is like the breast meat of chicken, only all over. Also it has almost no fat and is higher in protein per  pound of meat than chicken, so it’s even better for you than chicken meat.
gardenapril09 004Two of my grand daughters pull the tops off the carrots and feed them to the bunnies. The rabbits and chickens are integral parts of my plan for self sufficiency. The rabbits eat a lot of greens, prunings from the roses, fruit trees and brambles and produce meat and manure. The chickens eat up a lot of spoiling food and table scraps and make eggs and manure. The manure from both helps raise earthworms which are good food for the chickens as well as making great compost to help our garden grow even better.

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