My peaches are getting ripe very quickly this year.
There are plenty of things coming from the garden this week. I hope I can keep up with it all!
|Fresh Peaches that are almost ready to pick.|
|Before I picked tonight.|
|February - Potato seeds prepared to plant. Eyes have developed and I dusted|
in sulphur to protect from disease. Seeds were purchased at Calloway's
Nursery in Plano.
|I lined the tomato cages with a weed prevention material (allows|
sunlight and air to enter , while also keeping dirt in place). Chicken wire added
to help support weight of soil and hold in place. As potato plants develop green tops,
I add more compost on top until we reach the top. Picture taken in mid April.
|Potato row as of May 1. Healthy green leaves peeking out the tops and sides|
of most of my cages. Hopefully the plants will develop nice potatoes in the
soft compost /soil I added. I'm not sure what to do with the side shoots.
To harvest my potatoes I will loosen the chicken wire and reach inside the soft soil to retrieve my potatoes. I should be able to do this easily without risking damage caused when you use a shovel or spade to dig in traditional trenches. I'm also working on companion planting in my garden, so that is why you see horseradish - that tall green plant -- on the same row as my potatoes. Horseradish helps deter bugs that like to attack potatoes. I was pleasantly surprised to see the horseradish sprouts this spring after our drought and relentless heat last summer. I'll update on progress of spuds in coming weeks.
|April - Corn Rows|
|Corn Rows May 1|
|Summer Squash Early April / Pinto Bean Seeds planted. The cattle|
panel behind the squash has two grape plants (red and green) and
more pole beans growing on it.
|May 1 - Summer Squash and Pinto Beans Sprouted|
|May 1 Summer Squash harvest!|
|Cabbage in the background last month|
|May 1 - Cabbage Heads|
|April - Bush Beans and Eggplant Row|
|May 1 - Bush Beans and Eggplant Row|
|Pole Beans planted in March are coming along nicely and will |
hopefully cover the trellis.
|Cattle Panels and T-Posts should work fine for my cucumbers.|
These are pickling cucumbers and they were planted in April.
|The compost bin is always a popular place for my hens! The get to roam|
the pasture for a few hours each night and love to peck and scratch through
compost, grass, pastures, etc., but especially love bugs and worms!
They were trying to rest/roost after roaming about that evening!