We had rain this week, and lots of it. After a very dry spring, I can’t tell you how happy I have been the last few days to see the rain drops falling from the sky. So very sweet!
Before all the rain began to fall Sunday evening, I managed to get a ton of gravel moved. I know, I said it would be a summer long project, but once I got started, well, I got a little excited about how great it looked, and I couldn’t stop. Honestly. I completed the area where our bee hives will go in the spring, it just needs to be edged off with larger rocks or tree branches, we haven’t decided which to use yet. To the right of the gravel area is where our hugelkultur bed is going, and that will be filled with bee and butterfly loving plants. The garden area in front of the chicken coop has also been completed, and I really can’t tell you how pleased I am with it. It makes me happy every time I walk out there. That garden also got mulched, the raspberries with straw, and the blueberries with pine needles. I left a little room for three more blueberry bushes, which will go in next spring, and I also created another small garden, I will plant more strawberries there next spring. The other good news in this garden, the asparagus is up...finally! I was beginning to get a little worried, but towards the end of last week it started to pop up from the ground. We all got a little excited about that.
I started moving gravel into the garden behind the garage later Saturday afternoon, and managed to get about a quarter of it done, before I was done. With the rain, I haven’t moved any gravel this week, but with sunshine ahead for the next few days, you can bet I will be back at it.
Everything is growing well in the garden. The first strawberries are appearing, a few tomato flowers are blooming, the carrots are up, the pole beans and peas are reaching for the sky, the squashes, pumpkins and cucumbers are putting out leaves, and the leafy greens are producing really well. We are eating kale, Swiss chard, chives, basil, parsley, salad greens, mustard greens, and baby beet greens. I enjoyed the last of the spinach on the weekend, and it has now bolted.
Reece is pretty pleased with his garden, and with the rain this week, he hasn’t had to water. He has a few strawberries starting to appear, and the marigold seeds he planted are coming up, which makes him pretty happy. He can’t wait for the pole beans to start growing up, and thinks it will only be a few weeks before he is picking some. It will definitely be a lesson in patience for him.
The perennial beds are blooming, and the bees and butterflies are daily visitors. We have had a few swallowtails fluttering around the yard, and I managed to capture one with the camera while it was on my calendula. I could sit and watch butterflies all day, they are so beautiful.
We moved the chicks into their new coop. The old coop, and the new coop are side by side, but as of right now, are separate. Once the two flocks are use to each other we will remove the tempory wall between the coops and make one big one. We have also created a small run for the chicks inside the large chicken run, for two reasons. The first, so they begin to know where home is, and where they are suppose to go once the sun starts to go down. The second, so the older hens can get use to the chicks being in their space. Hopefully in the next week or two we will do a full integration, and fingers crossed, they will all be living as one big happy flock.
So far this gardening season is off to a great start, and that makes me one happy homesteader.
How are things around your garden this week?