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.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What a Terrible Windstorm

We had a terrible windstorm right at dusk yesterday evening. I woke up to the Ducks shade looking like this. 

The roof was blown off this little coop and Harmony's Nankins were loose.  My buff Ameraucana pair also got loose and were chasing the Nankins which ran and hid in another open coop. So I just shut the door until I can fix their coop and move them back. 

Then I went to my house to discover the 10 foot tall archway is bent.  I will have to wait until frost to take it down since the Red Kuri squash are climbing on it. 

Then I discovered a dead raptor in my front yard. Nothing left but feather and bone so it's been there awhile. Not sure what kind but maybe a Cooper's hawk. I thought it was a chicken at first but couldn't tell because the feathers were so faded and matted. I didn't find any tail or legs. Just wings, head and body. Just another day on the farm!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvest Monday

8 pound Northern New Mexico Melon
Hales cantaloupe and Marketmoore cukes
Once again I missed Harvest Monday last week and I'm late this week. Go visit other gardeners around the world and see what they are picking, planting and eating.
N. NM Melon, Armenian and Marketmoore cukes

assorted squash
There have been cucumbers, squashes and melons to pick. the Northern New Mexico melon is an heirloom from the Pueblos. It was sweet and tasty.
Hales, Armenian and Marketmoore
Black Copper Marans cockerel

Olive egger cockerel

Black Copper Marans pullet

tree seedlings
The formatting is all whacky today and I can't seem to fix this page how I want it to display. Oh well, not wasting any more time.  My phone app already lost this whole post and then the PC needed a malware scan and had over 1,000 things. No wonder it's been funky.

I did plant red mustard and turnips in the bed recently vacated by the beans. While prepping the bed for replanting I discovered some tree seedlings. At least a couple are honey locust and so far no thorns. The others have similar but slightly different leaves so I'm no sure what they are. They are now in 1 gallon pots while I wait and see.

So totals for 2 weeks
Harvest for Aug 21-27
cantaloupe    5# 6 oz
squash          9#  6 oz
Big tomatoes   11oz
squash          2#  11oz
Armenian cuke 2# 8oz
beans         1# 8oz
flat parsley      4oz
rosemary         negligible
sage                1oz
Armenian     5# 9oz
Marketmoore  5# 0oz
Honey Boat delicata  2# 8oz
squash 30#
Scarlet kale    2# 9oz
Lancinato      1#  8oz
chard              1# 6 oz
Marketmoore 10# 8oz
9-1 (I can't believe it's Sept!)
squash 30#  0oz
cantaloupe 1# 13oz
N. NM melon  8# 2oz
cherry tomatoes  2# 4oz
Armenian   17# 9oz
Marketmoore   2# 4oz

TOTALS for 2 weeks
melons       15# 5oz
squash        72# 1oz
big tomatoes 11oz
cucumbers   43# 5 oz
beans        1# 8oz
herbs              5oz
delicata      2# 8oz
kale            3# 1oz
chard             1# 6oz
cherry tomatoes 2# 4 oz

TOTAL     141# 14oz