~ The Garden

What we're up to in the garden...  
It's nothing fancy but I will try to update this every other week or so, so stay tuned!




8-14-13:  We haven't been around very much recently, but here are a few updated photos of the garden.  The harvest is plenty!


Just a little harvesting in one day


Sun peeking through a wall of sunflowers surrounding the garden


 Some of the harvest prepped for dinner


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6-29-13:  Okay, so I've done a terrible job with updating garden pics.  Life gets in the way, what can I say.

The greenhouse, currently in hibernation


The harvest is plenty... and at times, the laborers are few!


Dreaming of coleslaw and sauerkraut...


 Lots of weeding to be done by yours truly!


Staking up and twining 100 tomato plants


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4-28-13:  Lots of sprouting going on in the soil!  We planted potatoes and carrots and more tilling was done.   Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow.  Rain away!


Can't wait for those blueberries to start bearing fruit!


Pouring sand to plant the carrots.


Two brothers tilling and tilling and tilling...


Ladies planting potatoes
(Photo courtesy of Martha Yoder)


Those are some fine looking onions!



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4-7-13:  We completed transferring everything into the greenhouse, plowed and tilled the garden, even making it larger!  There were some drainage issues, so we dug a ditch to take care of the problem.


Everything in its place... for now.



Plowing the fields



Digging a ditch to help with drainage


 Broccoli doing just fine


Robbie takes the reigns and plows for the first time.  Big moment!


April showers... in the greenhouse


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3-10-13:  Greenhouse transplanting begins!  Broccoli, cabbage and green peppers were transplanted.  We removed the seeds from last year's dried onions, lettuce, spinach and green beans for future planting.



Greenhouse:  2013




First thing's first:  The greenhouse is cleaned out & organized



Cabbage waiting their turn to be transplanted


Bathed Broccoli


 Removing the seeds from last year's green beans


Great expectations... come on, broccoli!


The canvas...


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2-28-13:  The seeds are sprouting to life!  So simple... yet so rewarding!

Photo courtesy of Robbie Jenkins



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2-17-13:  And so it begins... again.  The 2013 garden is underway.  Here is the rundown of what was sown today:


  • 30 Cayenne pepper plants 
  • 90 Broccoli plants 
  • 60 Cauliflower plants 
  • 42 Cabbage plants 
  • 54 Brussels sprouts plants 
  • 30 Collard green plants 
  • 60 Rutgers tomato plants 
  • 60 Big boy tomato plants 
  • 45 Roma tomato plants 
  • 30 Beefsteak tomato plants 
  • 40 Endless summer tomato plants 
  • 72 Green bell pepper plants 
  • 42 Jalapeno plants 


Getting prepped with seed starting mix


It all begins with an itty bitty seed


Organic heirlooms, to be exact!


Accompanied by a glass of my brother-in-law's homemade Merlot.


 660 plants sown and ready to grow.


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2012 GARDEN


10-27-12:  So much for updating this every other week!  While activities of daily living have kept my husband and I from the garden for a several weeks, there have been many hands of family and friends who have been working hard in it!  

Harvested the rest of the peppers

Pretty pumpkins!
(Photo courtesy of Martha Yoder)

Potatoes popping out of the ground

The last of four rows of potatoes

Some of the freshly harvested potatoes
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8-7-12:  Tonight, we enjoyed some delicious sweet and juicy corn on the cob from the first of three plantings.

Freshly picked corn on the cob

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7-28-12:  Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!  About 50 tomatoes were harvested for delicious homemade salsa for canning.  There is plenty of broccoli, green beans and cauliflower, too.  

Tomatoes being prepped for canned homemade salsa

Freshly blanched veggies ready to be frozen


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7-19-12:  Still harvesting, harvesting, harvesting!  We harvested some tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers, beets, squash, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and blueberries.  The first planting of corn should be ready for harvesting in about one or two weeks!  


Some freshly picked veggies and fruit gathered in a corner


Look at all of those beautiful beans just waiting to be picked!


Beautiful beets!

Love that broccoli!


The corn is nearly ready!


One of the many beautiful keepers of the garden


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7-12-12:  The garden is looking handsome!  Lots of harvesting on this beautiful summer evening.  

New rototiller!

Sweet, ripe blueberries

Such a pretty garden

First corn planting getting so big

Green Peppers

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Zucchini

Some of the harvested vegetables

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6-15-12:  The tomatoes are completely staked up and the garden is looking handsome!  The plants seemed to have doubled in size in one weeks' time.  


Wood fresh from the sawmill cut into stakes for the tomatoes



Field of sticks for the 100 tomato plants


Rows of hilled potatoes.

They're growing up so fast!



The greenhouse near dusk



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6-9-12:  The vegetables are growing!  Here are some photos from Saturday.  Last week (no pictures), a good portion of the tomatoes were staked and the second planting of corn was sown.  The rest of the tomatoe plants will most likely be staked this coming week.  A good amount of weeding will also be done, especially to the carrots.   

Peas a climbing

Tomatoes coming along well

Lots of lettuce!

Perfect patch of onions


Hello, little blueberries


Raspberries coming along nicely


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5-12-12:  This year, we have a special section in the garden for heirlooms, separate from the hybrids.

I have experienced my first set of hand blisters after hoeing for the tomato plants.  We transplanted the tomatoes and have a total of 96 plants!  There are more tomato plants in the greenhouse intended for family and friends; however, we may keep 4 more to make it an even 100 tomato plants in the garden.  We also sowed several rows of green beans, beets, pumpkins, cantaloupe and honey dew.  10 rows of corn were also sown, which will be the first of three sowing stages that we will do.  

There is still much to be done.  We still have to plant squash, and zucchini, and stake the tomatoes (we need about 300 stakes).  


A partial view of the heirloom section of the garden

Sowing the corn

Freshly watered, organic vegetables

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5-6-12:  We have had lots of rain, so we're holding off on transplanting the tomatoes until next weekend.  We planted plenty of white, blue and red potatoes.  We also transplanted cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.  The peas were strung up, too.  Four large posts were put in for four new grape vines.

Beautiful day for transplanting!


Plenty of asparagus ready to be harvested



My mother-in-law and father-in-law helping to cut potatoes



Prepping the potatoes for planting


My husband, daughter, brother-in-law and Mrs. Yoder transplanting broccoli


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4-15-12:  Sowing beats, carrots, lettuce and spinach seeds.

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4-1-12:  Working in the greenhouse, completing the transplanting of the broccoli, cauliflower collard greens, assorted bell peppers, cayenne peppers, assorted tomatoes, beets, cabbage, brussels sprouts, coleus and a bunch of flowers.  Also did some more seeding.  


Two brothers and their daughters...


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3-15-12:  Pig manure and lime have been laid this week and the rototilling was completed today, just in time for two days' worth of rain!  

What we planted in the ground:
  • Peas
  • Red onions
  • White onions 
No pesticides here!  How do we keep the pests away?  As Mr. Yoder says, "Just plant enough for everyone to share."  He's so funny!


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3-14-2012: Sowing 500 plants.

Some of the seeds that were sown:
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Assorted bell peppers
  • Cayenne peppers
  • Tomatoes 
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Coleus
  • Marigolds 
... accompanied by a glass of my brother-in-law's homemade blush wine. Yum!



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