In which the garden has completely run amok, and that's a good thing

At Haiku Farm right now, we have sunshine even on cloudy days.

Sunflowers are so cheerful, aren't they?

For some reason this year, our sunflowers have gone crazy.  In a good way.  But, crazy.

More than 8 feet tall, it FINALLY
stopped growing up and made a flower!

The sunflowers aren't the only ones.

Make way!  Make way!  Stampeding squash coming through!

The squashes are growing so exuberantly...


Remember that door into the garden?  Yeah.
Gotta go over the fence to get in there now.

...they've entirely outgrown the garden.

Vines from the Atlantic Giant pumpkin plant have climbed up
the garden fence and started to crawl towards the pasture!

Not just foliage, either:  there's SQUASH in them-thar vines.

Atlantic Giant ("giant pumpkins") and jack-o-lanterns


Butternut squash, my favorite for winter soups


A good-sized jack-o-lantern


Inevitably:  zucchini

On higher ground, safe from overly-enthused cucurbita, Jim has a small box of tomato plants.

There's only two things that money can't buy/
and that's true love/
and homegrown tomatoes. 
(click the link and sing along)

Even so, the problem is clear:  too much plant.  Not enough garden.   

The solution:

Lisa is home from her summer in Korea and working off her rent
by digging post-holes to enclose my new garden space

a new garden for next year!

(Meanwhile, if y'all need any green beans or zucchini, please stop by and get some.  Okay?  Jim's been cooking and canning and freezing like crazy, but we're up to the top of our heads in produce!)

I think all this vegetative zeal is contagious:  our Little Red Hens have started laying little pullet eggs!

Jim moves the Little Red Hens around the yard in their Tiny White Van

Go, Girlz!

(Little pullet eggs make an excellent breakfast, by the way.  Especially when combined with green beans and tomatoes and zucchini....)

Comments

  1. I LOVE your garden and seeing all the pictures! And of course, your chickens are awesome:) Do you ever let them loose in the garden to help clean up after the harvest or in the spring to spread compost?

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  2. Oh, so jealous of your amazing garden! Wish I was closer to share in the bounty. The stampeding squash picture is amazing, I think you could get lost in there! I didn't even try a garden this year, after previous years when a bear tore down my fence and let the deer and racoons run amok the ONE week I was on vacation. I did try for some sunflowers, but the turkey flew to the top of the fence and ate all the heads off. I'll live vicariously though yours, enjoy the bounty!

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  3. Oh, so jealous of your amazing garden! Wish I was closer to share in the bounty. The stampeding squash picture is amazing, I think you could get lost in there! I didn't even try a garden this year, after previous years of wildlife destroying it. I did try for some sunflowers, but the turkeys flew to the top of the fence and ate all the heads off. I'll live vicariously though yours, enjoy the bounty!

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  4. Shred zucchini.

    Put in ziploc baggies.

    Freeze.

    Use later on in the year for zucchini meatloaf and/or zucchini pancakes.

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