Semi-urban HomesteadingSubmitted by izbnso on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 09:02
I’ve been too busy for several months than to do anything but the occasional lurk here. I’m sure nobody missed me because I was a newb to begin with.
Chaos and upheaval here, through the grace of God we made it through the last 9 months. Near fatal car accident for the teenager, forced retirement for the husband a 200 mile move and one emergency appendicitis just for fun.
Meanwhile this year’s garden is what I can with what I got. I started my seeds in trays before we were all the way out of boxes back in March.
April 10th it was a expansive St Augustine lawn in our new house. I took this picture this morning:
I know, I know I need to hoe and get the reemerging grass out of the way.
It is roughly 1800 sq ft. My Dad came for a visit and he and my dear husband roto-tilled it and then we hoed and planted, and by we I mean me.
I know, I know the grass.
several varieties of tomato
Dragon’s tongue beans
Golden midget watermelon
I have an assortment of other things in containers:
My pomegranates are going into their second year
Grapes that will go into the ground later this year
Raspberries also due to go into the ground
Strawberries waiting on the raised bed to be finished.
We also inherited 7 mature pecan trees and I made friends with the new neighbor just in time to get the last of the mulberries off her tree to make one batch of jam.
Everything is heirloom, if all goes well I should have some seed to share this year. I’ve already spread plants throughout the community to any one who is interested. (The water guy came to read the meter and left with pepper and tomato plants.)
The lemon squash, true to billing, has yet to show a single sign of the borer bugs and I should be picking the first ones later this week. I got my first cuke this morning and I intend to eat it all by myself with some fresh dill and feta.
I’m already planning the fall/winter garden and my husband is giving me the evil eye every time I go into the yard because he knows I’m planning to rip up more sod.
Keep you posted.
Edit to reflect the fact that I couldn't make the pictures appear, I linked instead.