Thursday, June 9, 2011

What a Beautiful Thursday

I have been studying, studying, studying for my CTEL (California Teachers of English Learners) test which I will be taking this Saturday.  My head is starting to hurt from all the information I am stuffing inside of it.  Luckily, Taylor knew exactly what kind of study break I needed, belated birthday present shopping.  So, we hopped into town and he bought me a new digital camera...yay for me.  So what did I do when I got home?  I gave into shutter-bug fever and captured everything that is going on here on our property.
I was so excited when I casually looked into the tomato plant and saw the first fruit of the season.

Tomato, Tomato, Tomato, really, can you too many?

Container Tomato Forest

Isabeau and Big Spoon

Juniper walking around in the early stages of the pumpkin patch.  The two varieties we started are the Squash Connecticut Field and the Rouge Vif  D'Etampes 

The chickens love having the chard and beets right next to their run.  They peck at the tender greens through the chicken wire.  I'll probably always leave some type of green for them there, but I will be planting another row for myself as well.

There is something to be said for a cooler Spring, and my lettuce heads are the proof.  This season has produced the most delicious and beautiful lettuce crop I have ever grown.

Happy Carrots

Uh, what's up with my crazy, funky carrots?

Pole beans climbing their poles diligently.  The two heirloom varieties we planted were the Rattlesnake and Purple Pole Beans. 

Taylor is convinced he will make a crop of corn work in our garden.  I think the local gopher may have other plans.


  1. Hi, did you start your tomatoes or buy them? Also, did you use a greenhouse and start them super early or? Ours look like dwarfs compared to your thriving plants!

  2. I started all of my tomatoes from seed. They were in their starts for about a month or so in the makeshift greenhouse we have (our shed with a window), and then I moved them into their big pots back in April. I actually had to cover them up a couple nights with sheets because the temperatures were down in the thirties. Taylor has been very diligent about fertilizing them every few weeks with the compost tea we've been making and then last night with seaweed extract. That seems to be making them very happy.

  3. Ah, thanks for the tips! We are in CA too. I'll try the seaweed extract! We're working our first compost tumbler now.