In which the garden is a soothing place for me, and so: here's pictures!
I'll post details here after Sunday...but until then, I'm spending some time in the garden.
Last year's garden was pathetic, although it did, eventually, produce some vegetables(world's smallest giant pumpkin plant, July 30, 2009)
This year we've been plenty busy again, but the good work provided by our wonderful chickens (who lived in the garden's "Winter Palace" over the winter) has made a big difference in the garden!
(squash and pumpkin plants, August 2010) (baby pumpkins, August 2010)
Here's what's growing around the Farm:These are a medium-sweet variety, and turn a gorgeous shade of purple when they're ripe (late September). Last year I rescued these beauties from beneath 100 years growth of briers, and this year they have been growing like crazy.
Speaking of purple:(purple beans, August 2010)We eat these beans almost every night. We could probably can some...but we enjoy eating them fresh so much that there's not really any left to put into storage!
(plums, August 2010)
Just starting to turn purple. Last year (when we had a long, hot spell) we had enough plums to feed the neighborhood and make 8 gallons of plum wine. This year, with a longer and cooler and wetter Spring, we don't have quite so many plums. Still, they're gonna be great.
This apple tree bore NO fruit last year, but the pruning seems to have helped it. It has a moderate crop growing now.
(pears, August 2010)
As with the gravenstein apples, we got almost nothing from the pear trees last year, but this year they have set a moderate amount of beautiful fruit!
The weather this year hasn't been optimal for tomatoes, and ours got a late start (Jim planted them, of course--we see no reason to tempt the Tomato Curse).