We started converting our lawn to food garden about 4-5 years ago...& decided this year is a time for a makeover. Our 4 apple trees contacted something & the nursery misdiagnosed it & we treated for the wrong thing. By the time we figured it out..it was too late to save the trees :( One thing I did last year was start on the guild. I added 4 tulips per tree. Since we are redoing the whole thing ...decided I should save the bulbs. Of the 16 bulbs planted...looks like I have roughly 32 to replant (we lost quite a few to rot due to dumping lots of water after rinsing gravel).
Aside from the sad loss of the trees...Im looking forward to a new layout. :D #lawntogarden#urbangarden#tulips#tulips🌷 #gunnshomestead
Remember when I was saying at the beginning of the season that this was going to be a bad year? Yeah... maybe it is, but if this is a bad year then I’d be drowning in vegetables in a good year! I’m getting nearly a five-gallon bucket full of harvest every other day or so, and it’s been more of a struggle deciding what to do with it all! Also, I can always tell when it’s been a few days since Ry or Becca has been out to the garden because there will be a lot of Sun Gold cherry tomatoes to pick, whereas usually they keep them barren by enjoying the “garden candy” right off the vine 😂.
There isn’t much of a better feeling than licking your first ripe tomatoes of the year. The Amish Paste tomatoes were the first to produce this year, and I’m looking forward to using them for canning purposes.
Tickling my tomatoes with an electric toothbrush! I mentioned that I’ve started doing this just this week on Twitter, and I got more than a few “huh?!” reactions. Basically, it comes down to increasing fruit set. For whatever reason I’ve had some struggles with fruit setting on my tomatoes this year (weather, more than likely). The goal is to get less of the second picture, and more of the third. I’ve seen a few gardeners I really look to for quality information ( @migardener most recently) talking about this method so I thought I’d give it a shot. All it does is helps to shake the pollen loose from the flower, thus pollinating it and causing fruit to set. It appears to be working quite well so far, as you can see all the pollen it’s shaking loose on the back of the toothbrush!
home is a magic creation-
s o u l g a r d e n
authentic living is
a reality created by your h e a r t-
and it’s very nourishing.
(It’s also a messy food and medicine garden) 🌈”the true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the rings of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” -h.d. Thoreau 🌈⚡️ this is what’s real for me - I’ve come so far to be here. (swipe B-side: magic kitchen blessed by my wild and earthy community- think of all we can do together- think of all the good- think of the ways we bless each other)
This might be my favorite pepper I grew this season! This Italian pepperoncini is so delicious and I’d like to even say buttery in flavor. They start off light yellowish then turns green and supposed to turn red in the fall and become amazingly sweeter. But I never waited for them to turn red as I have been harvesting almost weekly because my two plants are super productive! They are definitely beating out the shishitos in production this year! Both are faves of mine!
Tomatoes for days! Once again, I planted way too many tomatoes in my raised beds and resulted in low yield in fruits! However, I’m still grateful to be able to enjoy freshly picked toms all summer long!! This year I planted red zebra, big beef, indigo rose, celebrity, mortgage lifter, Hawaiian pineapple and a couple volunteer cherries which are the major producers! Already pulled a couple plants due to PM but I’m hoping to keep harvesting until the end of summer!!
Braved the heat wave this morning and found three of our cucumbers ready to be picked. So I did what any Polish person would do, and sliced them up with some onion (also from the garden) and made some Mizeria (Polish Cucumber Salad). I grew up with this stuff, and it’s the perfect summer salad.
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Some snapshots of the garden from this Spring. .
I've been practicing to remind myself how I've grown, especially when I feel stagnant. I rediscovered these photos today and it feels good to see this physical representation of progress! (weeds and all)
Crazy amounts of harvesting time is starting. It’s unfortunate that it’s starting right at the beginning of a massive heat wave, and right after I found a tick on me yesterday after being in our backyard so I refused to go outside in anything other than long pants (sweats) and a long shirt. For over 100 degrees on the heat index, I must have looked ridiculous. But I needed basil for a pesto I’m making for dinner, the oregano desperately needed to be harvested (will start dehydrating it later), and I had a bunch of Garden Salsa, Fooled You Jalapeño, and Banana Peppers to pick. I also wanted to get as many ripe/almost ripe tomatoes picked before the heat wave potentially harms them... so we’ve got a nice bowl of Sun Gold and Black Sprinkle cherry tomatoes to snack on (they won’t last a day, 😂)
Looks like we will be having some zucchini with our @beyondmeat burgers for dinner tonight. This zucchini plant has been, along with my pickling cucumbers, the star of our garden this year. The plant is *huge* but it’s been giving us so much.
It’s been a busy weekend in the garden. Harvested a bunch of cucumbers and then canned several jars of dill pickles, marveled at how freaking huge my zucchini plant is, and enjoyed how colorful the wildflower bed has become. We are in store for a monster heat wave this week/weekend, so I’m hoping everything makes it out okay. I decided not to do shade cloth this year, and I’m beginning to regret that decision. At the very least, I’m going to be applying a fresh layer of mulch in an effort to keep the soil cool.
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Sunny and 62 is the perfect weather to spend some morning time in the garden. Another heat wave is coming, so I am even more thankful for this brief respite.
Spent a little time in the garden this morning, pruning and tying tomato stems to stakes, as well as pulling the few weeds I’ve got. The heat has dropped by 20 degrees since yesterday, so it was a perfect way to spend some time before today’s FIFA championship game (go #USWNT!!!). I’m stoked to see so many tomatoes, and so far I haven’t seen any signs of blossom end rot, which was a HUGE issue for me last year. I made sure to fertilize with a well balanced fertilizer from the moment they went in the ground (along with some ground up egg shells), fertilized again when they started fruiting, and have sprayed with a diluted calcium spray.. all of which appears to be working.
While I was out in the garden this morning harvesting several Kale leaves for my breakfast smoothie, I could not help from stopping at this Garden Salsa Pepper plant (and each one of my tomato plants... removing suckers is a daily chore at this point). This pepper plant is only one of three (of the 30 peppers I have in the ground) that has always looked healthy this year. The growth doesn’t appear stunted like many of my Jalapeños, and it hasn’t had many issues with pests or fungus. It just goes to show, that even in a bad year you’re going to have some winners somewhere, if you look for them.
I’m not going to try and cover it up, gloss over it, or pretend everything has been great... this has been a *tough* year in the garden. It was a cold start, super rainy, and now super hot. But, I really am thrilled with how everything seems to be bouncing back. There may not be any bumper crops this year, but I haven’t had to pull much either. Even a bad year is a good learning experience. I can’t help but feel awful for what real farmers are going through, I can’t even imagine.