Thursday, June 30, 2016

Garden Update: Summer 2016

What you see above is the beginnings of our new garden here at Sage Alley.  When we're finished, it's going to be massive.  This was taken about two weeks ago.  At this time, we've added tomato cages to the 2nd beds in each row.  The two beds off the the left by themselves are peppers, as are the first beds on the right.  Besides tomatoes and peppers, we currently have beets, kale, collards, and okra planted.  We're planning carrots, green beans, melon, and eventually corn.

The corn will have to wait until next year.  As you can see, we have a lot more tilling to do yet, and we're too late for planting this year.  I need to do research and learn about growing corn, anyway.  The corn is my idea.  I've wanted to grow corn for a long time. 

We have even entertained the idea of planting a mini orchard, because there are many fruits we'd like to grow, but I don't think that will happen.  We're not sure how long we're going to stay here.  I'm thinking 3-5 years, but we just have to see how things go. (I DO love it here!)

We are also growing several herbs, but as of now, they are in pots on our porch. We were going to plant them up against the house, but unfortunately, we can't.  We've had issues with snakes recently, and spiders are a problem, so the beds around the house are being treated with we-don't-know-what.  We refuse to compromise on our no chemicals rule, so we'll figure out another place for the herbs.  They will probably get their own beds in the main garden plot.

Only one of the sage bushes survived, and it's planted out front.  As of now, there's sparse greenery on it.  We don't know if it will make it at this point.  The other two will go into our burn/mulch pile and continue to give of their energy in other ways.  We have several new sage plants started on the porch.  My partner has identified a few spots in which he'd like to plant the new ones, and I have some ideas, as well.

We will very likely end up with excess produce. Some, we will preserve, but the rest will need to go somewhere,and I'd rather it not be into the compost heap.  There's a little organic market in a nearby town.  I've thought about maybe contacting them when we have said excess and seeing if they will buy it from us.  We don't want to go through the rigmarole of becoming a full-blown farm, so we will tread carefully.  There are always friends and family who are happy to have produce from our garden, so there is that.

Normally, we have scads of raspberries growing in the woods around our property.  Unfortunately, this year has been very scant in that regard.  Our neighbors, who had our permission, said there are no berries in the woods back near their property.  None. We have noticed that there are very few growing along our driveway, as well.  I think it's due to the unusually cool Spring we had. What a shame!  The neighbor was going to make us jam!

We'll see how the rest of the year goes.  We've been incredibly busy, or the garden would be much further along, but I believe that everything happens in its time.

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