I need garden gnomes, and I don't mean the decorative kind. Because we had just moved in, we didn't do a double dig in the fall. The gardening bug bit me over winter, so I make shifted after reading up online, reading the infamous Mini Farming book, and seeing what my WAPF "milk guy" does for his garden. I laid down a ton of straw, not hay, on top, I smothered that in organic soil and compost, I faithfully transplanted with help from some friends. We dug holes in a hill in my yard and planted new squash. And then I left for Virginia with the babies. A church friend reassured me that the June rains would incubate my plants - Alaska peas, two different heirloom tomato varieties, cucumbers, corn, basil, and carrots. Mr Hockey sent me a picture of the garden a few days before I was to return home. The rains gifted mew a beautiful, healthy, lush... grass patch.
The squash, properly dug, amended and weeded, is doing well. It is time for me to thin out the plants, and I can't wait until our, hopeful, late summer and fall harvest. Zucchini, angel hair squash, Connecticut field pumpkin, and butternut. I really hope they actually grow and give us fruit. And that we can do a double dig in the fall, and try again next year. I need to try a container garden for herbs, pronto, but I'm a bit discouraged after growing a grass patch.
What does your garden grow? What backyard fresh veggies are you enjoying right now, or what are you looking forward to harvesting in the fall?
I am the mama who is over the moon in love with her family and green living.