In which the garden isn't pathetic this year (except tomatoes)

This is our fourth gardening year at Haiku Farm.  
Snap peas are almost done, zucchinis and beans are just about to ripen
(and then overwhelm, if past experience is an indicator!)

The first garden in 2009 was pathetic.  We didn't have time that year to do any soil amending for that garden.  The neighbor tilled under a big chunk of lawn and we threw seeds into the resulting dirt.

You could tell.  

Zucchinis were just about the only thing that grew here in 2009.

Even when we grow a big crop of snap peas, they rarely
make it into the house.
We usually stand in the garden for 20 minutes at a time,
eating them until we're sated.

In 2010, things were slightly better, although the weather didn't cooperate and a lot of things turned runny instead of yummy.  

This tomato blossom will need a flux capacitor if it's going
 to turn into a tomato before the cold snap comes to kill it.

Tomatoes are almost always a bad bet in our climate, but we almost always get optimistic in Spring and plant a few.  Last year we got nothin'.  This year looks about the same for tomatoes.  Ah, well.

The ego-boosting-est crop in the Swampland is zucchini. 
Zuke blossom.

The blessings of zucchini are mixed, to understate things rather a lot.
Countdown to the zucchini-bombing season has begun

Each winter, the chickens move into their Winter Palace: the henhouse inside the fenced garden.  We dump all of the stall cleanings into the garden, and top each wheelbarrow load with a handful of oats to entice the hens to dig and spread everything as widely as possible.  In the process, they remove weed seeds and slug larvae, while leaving behind, uhm, fertilizer.

Thanks to our Minervas, what Haiku Farm does best (at least in the last few years) is beans.  Last year, Jim canned 16 quarts of green beans.  
Magical fruit-blossoms
I love green beans.  I planted lots again this year.  They are delicious...and also, they are beautiful.

Elsewhere on the farm, perennials are growing like crazy towards harvest.
Soon we will be eating blueberries every day.

These apples are good dried and in pies.  The horses think they are divine!

Lavender is just for pretty?  No so, according to Clan Apis!
Let us not forget the year-round food producers on the farm!  Our Minervas aren't producing an egg-a-day like they did as young hens.
Still, four or five eggs each day all year long is just fine with us.  Breakfast this morning:  scrambled eggs with fresh sage and rosemary.

Oh yes.  You know it's good.


  1. I love hearing about people's gardens! Yours (aside from the tomatoes) looks pretty darn good. I love green beans - they are on my list to plant if I can get a garden going next year.

    Smart idea about the chickens and the "winter palace"... lol

    My hubby is dying for some blueberry plants, so that is on our list too!

    1. When we started the garden, there was almost no "soil" in our dirt. It was more like gravel + sand. By adding stall cleanings (horse manure and sawdust) for 3 years, we've now got at least 6 inches of REAL DIRT.

      The chickens also eat a lot of bugs during their seasonal stays in the garden, including slug larvae. They won't touch a slug, but the larvae are some kind of delicacy for hens, hooray.

  2. looking good!

    i got a handful of blueberries today, and so far only one zucchini. lots of peas and the carrots and tomatoes are coming. we'll miss a lot of them i think. i sure wish we had beans! we've enjoyed a tiny bit of rucula and herbs too. i envy your eggs! right now i'm soaking wet from running through the sprinkler and then soaking the green
    house thoroughly. it's in the high 80s and i hate it! i want clouds and workable weather. also, the horseflies are brutal. j is sitting here showing me the 1500 geocaches in the seattle area. he just said we only have to find 100 per day. ok then!

    1. WHEN you come ride with me, bring your man and your GPS units--the Victoria tract of the tree farm is rife with geocaches!

  3. Man... makes me wish I still had my own house where I could do such things. Soon... very soon, I hope :)

    1. I spent a lot of time wishing for a garden, and am so happy to have it now. You'll get yours too, I bet--soon, I hope!

  4. Looks fabulous! I'm very busy telling myself that I wouldn't want to spend hours processing all those veggies so I'm not jealous. Soon I will convince myself!

  5. Yum! Nice work Aarene & it is "work"! :-) Eating them fresh is good too Funder :-)


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