25 April 2013

A Stroll Around the Garden

I have been a bit under the weather. I normally don't suffer much with spring allergies any more, but we had some very strong winds blowing recently and the amount of the pollen in the air is enough to choke a horse, so my head is aching and my throat is sore. I have been doctoring the sore throat with a souped up version of my Beat the Blues Detox Drink. I took the basic tonic ingredients and I added double the cayenne, double the honey, and double the lemons, I also added 2 large cloves of garlic. I put it in the blender and gave it a good whirl with a couple of cubes of ice. I will nurse this all day. This will knock out any bacteria that is lurking around in the aggravated throat tissues, and give me a good detox to boot! I am also taking the "Four Thieves" combination of essential oils, clove, lemon, cinnamon,  eucalyptus radiata, and  rosemary, to fight bacterial infection, and my echinacea tincture to boost my immune response. I was feeling crummy all day yesterday, and woke up rocky this morning, but I think my body is getting a head of steam with all the "help" it has had in the last 24 hours, so I know I will be feel like myself soon!

Since I am still feeling sub par, today will not be as busy a day as I had planned, but I will take you on a tour around and show you what is going on in the garden.

Tomato seedlings are out for the day to harden off . The other flats are just getting started, but the weather is finally warm enough to start them outside.

 Romaine lettuce is ready for cutting. Since the weather is beginning to get warm, most of the early lettuce has gone bitter and started to bolt, but some of the lettuce, like the romaine is a little more heat resistant.

Oak Leaf lettuce is sending up flower stalks. I will be pulling them up in the next few days to make room for beets and turnips.

 A honey bee is pollinating the Giant Red Mustard flowers.

 Turnip seed pods are beginning to ripen. I am hoping that they are going to be ready to be pulled up by the time I need the bed for warm weather crops.

 The mature Bright Lights Swiss Chard is going to bolt soon, and the succession crop of chard is planted between the rows. For now I am cutting the flower stalks off  to encourage new growth in order to stretch out the harvest and shorten the "hungry gap" between spring and summer crops.

 The trellised blackberries are covered with blossoms and bees.  Unfortunately, a good portion of our blueberries were burned in an deep chill late in the season, but it looks like the blackberries will make up for the losses!

It has been many years since we had any quantity of honeybees visiting our garden. For the most part we see bumble bees, little tiny bees and wasps, so it is sure nice to see the honeybees again!

I have been harvesting the onions a few at a time and using them to season our salads, and putting slices of the onions with cucumbers in the vinegar left from one of the empty jars of pickled daikon . They make flavorful compliments to simple meals.

The strawberries we replanted last year look like they are going to be fruitful this year...I can't wait!

This is a busy time of year for us, starting seeds, preparing beds, managing the winter crops trying to eek out a couple more week of food, and putting plans in place for more beds to expand our growing area. I also have been spending time enjoying the warmth of the sun, the birds, bees and butterflies and soaking up as much of the pretty spring weather as I can, before it gets too hot. Our spring here is short but sweet and then we have unrelenting heat and no rain to speak of for the whole summer. We have designed our gardens to weather the heat and the drought, by heavy composting and deep mulches to keep the moisture in. I just wish that there was something that I could do that would make me more heat tolerant!

I hope you enjoyed the stroll around the garden with me and that you will come back for a visit soon!
Blog Hops that this post is linked to:
Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #69
Clever Chicks Blog Hop#33


  1. How beautiful! You're a true green farmer. :) I dream of such a place and make do with what I have. I enjoy visiting blogs like yours. You're great inspiration!

    Thanks for the tour. :))

  2. How you ever been to the Urban Homestead blog? They live in a tract house is Anaheim California, a stones throw from a major highway. They have dedicated their entire yard, front and back into food growing. It is really quite impressive. I guess they don't live in an area where there are problems with zoning or HOA's telling them they couldn't do what they wanted with their yard! Anyway, if you are looking for ideas on how you could work with a yard in the suburbs, you might find some inspiration there. We actually garden very intensively to grow as much as we do. We live in the country, but we are on less than an acre. When we had animals it was kind of like Noah's Ark with animals tucked away in every nook and cranny! It is much easier on us now that we don't have livestock or chickens anymore. Now we can turn the space where we had our goats and chickens into areas to grow more plant based food! That is on the list of to-do's for this year. Thanks for letting me show you around!


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