Grabbed the camera and went for a walk around my beautiful gardens and snapped pictures of what grabbed my eye. I just love how our place is creatively evolving ❤
This was planted from a mixed Asian greens seed packet, but i’m guessing that it’s Pak Choi… Oh joy!!! ❤
Our cold frame full of baby plants: heirloom tomatoes, green ice lettuce & black seeded simpson lettuce, green sprouting broccoli, garnet amaranth, and kentucky wonder & burgandy bush beans. Outside the coldframe you see our strawberries beginning to get ripening berries and runners!
Another greens patch- this has many kinds of Asian Greens Mix, and Lolla Rossa Red Lettuce and Green Ice Lettuce. Also returning from last year we have New Zealand Spinach (yum!) and this other leafy plant that I am not so sure of it’s identity yet. I thought Viola, but am not so sure. Also, the coldframe behind it, is being prepared to plant into for a summer harvest of maters, lettuce, basil, onions, & carrots.
Our carrot bed.
Another greens bedded in a small cold frame
Coldframe Cluster Spring 2016
After we planted a couple hierloom maters (solar flair & pink berkely tie-dye maters to be exact)
Hardy Kiwi maddness
Blueberry bush, behind it is my wormwood, and on the other side of the path you see our main strawberry bed.
Looking in the trailhead to the orchard. You see the kid’s pool and the Orchard Colony.
Wormwood maddness! Behind the wormwood you see one of our peach trees.
We call this the V-colony, nestled into the hillside in our front yard.
Horseradish madness! Behind it you see my catnip plant. The cats roll around in the catnip and chew the leaves, so cute.
My hill-billy goats enjoying their hillside full of browse.
Basil munching on the elm sapplings.
Marlee saying praises to our domestication of our wild blackberry bush! YES!
We used one of the sidewall rings left over from when we used the tire as a garden bed.
Grapevine, this is the Reliance vine
A pic from the other side of the orchard, looking at the Orchard Colony.
I ❤ our orchard 🙂
Yard Long Asian Green beans, Zuccini, and sweet corn
Our corn cluster- lined with marigolds, sweet peas and nasturtiums
The same corn bed from up the hill a lil bit
The Marshmallow I have growing just above the raspberry canes and grapevines.
The Heritage Red Raspberries
Elder, just above (North) of our tire terrace.
Shiro Plum tree with a crazy happy comfrey growing at the base.
Marlee with our new cucumber beds, planted also with bush beans and marigolds.
Marlee in front of the grapes.
Marlee behind one of my heirloom Mt Barnes Yellow tomato plant.
Armenian cucumbers, radishes, sunflower & peas
Hard Shell Tomatoes
My billygoats, doing a good job
Down the hill from the V-colony, we can see the growout pen of phase-1.
Our main strawberry patch
The catnip bush
Citrouille De Touraine Winter Squash
Growout cage, mama and her babies, getting ready to be weaned.
growout pen of phase-2
Planted our keyhole beds with tomato seedlings, pepper seedlings and direct sowed basil.
The back of the original rabbitry. We finally got Virginia Creeper to climb the wall of our rabbitry, this will help keep them cooler in the summer, and be beautiful. Just behind the wall, you see our Red Maple we planted the first year we got here. It was a tiny 2 ft long twig… now look at it!
The ducks (Dinky) testing out our little seedling protector cages.
holding up! The day after we planted the peppers and maters, some of them were squashed flat. The ducks like to walk around and eat bugs out of the beds. So instead of sticking plastic forks pokey side up in my garden beds, we made these mini-cages to protect the plants so the ducks can keep on free ranging.
Tomato seedling protector – made from scrap wire fencing.
A pepper all safe
My lettuce bed again, I love greens 🙂
Pole beans, beginning to shoot out their climbers
baby green ice lettuce plant, protected from slugs with egg shells
Got the poles up for the trellis on our keyhole beds
Now we are excited! Today we got the colony out in the yard ready for rabbits to live in, and we moved in our Mother of all breeders and two of her granddaughters into it! Today was the first time her cute little feet have touched the earth! It feels so good to finally have her out of a cage, she has sure earned it. We are calling this one ‘Colony V’, because the doe of whom I speak is named Violet, and ‘V’ is my nickname for her. Her granddaughters are Poppy, and Rowan. This is a big step for us, moving the breeders out of hanging cages into these super fun colonies where they can have happier lives.
Exploring their new digs
Such my cute girls
We built a platform on the end where the steep slope makes lots of room between the ground and the top of the run. This increases their floor space, and gives the girls a chance to “get away from each other” if they need to.
The beginning of Gram’s Garden. What can I say, I love circles, and repurposing old “throw away” stuff. A friend of ours had a whole bunch of old tractor tires and said we could have them. I thought they would be perfect for the Memorial Garden for my beloved Grandmother, Dorothy Lake.
Tim used a drill to poke a hole near the edge of the tire, where we wanted to cut out the wall, for more space for growing flowers. Then he took his trusty little jig-saw and made it happen.
This took a while, these tires are huge, and thick, but he managed.
As a side note I decided to put together some cold hardy seedlings in our cold frame/hot beds just to see what happens.
Almost done, when the saw blade broke and we had to search to find more.
Luckily Tim had a couple extras and was able to finish.
Now to place the tire. Time to dig, since living on a slope makes everything tilt, we had to make a level spot.
Yay, rocks, and roots and clay, oh my!
Cute little Milkyway being curious as ever
Finally got it level, now the next step, cut the other wall out.
Done! Lookit all that space we must now fill… oy
To show how big these tires are, my cute little super-sheros, Rynae & Marlee
Using what we’ve learned from our experience with hugelkultur we rounded up some well rotted logs and sticks and lined the bottom.
Threw the dirt back in
Marlee being cute
Here is our progress on Gram’s Garden so far. We have some time yet to finish filling the bed with our constant flow of rabbit manure, goat manure and compost before the weather is ripe for planting.
How super exciting for us! We just moved 2 bucks into their new homes today, both of them seem to like the change.
Such a beautiful day to spend in the orchard building rabbit colonies with my hubby, and kids. The girls enjoyed painting together while we worked on this project.
The girls enjoying today’s wonderful weather to paint with their water colors.
Being friends and sharing colors
Where we started this morning on this colony. These smaller areas are for the breeder bucks. We keep them in their own mini-colony box & run, so we can still control breeding within the colonies.
Sancho in his new home. This was the first time he has literally touched the earth since we’ve had him… quite possibly his first time ever and he’s over 3 years old. He had so much fun digging and rolling in the dirt 🙂 It’s nice to see him get to express his bunny habits
Both the boys in their hidee-holes. On the left you see the broken black buck, his name is Pedro. Then there is our starbuck, Sancho.
Their cages as the sun sets
They seem to like their new digs.
Magik beans, given to me by a friend, I’m excited to get them going, and collect seeds 😀
So last fall I told Timmy that I wanted a cold frame, at the time we didn’t have the materials to do so… lately the materials seem to be magnetized to us so he built me 4 😀
Here is Timmy rounding the edges of the bordering logs… I just love how my man wields his chainsaw while shmokin his pipe 🙂
Our neighbors let us have some old sliding door windows a few weeks ago, which motivated Tim into building the cold frames. The log border is just beautiful.
Tim has outdone himself, this bed has evolved into such an amazing garden bed! I can’t wait to see these working this next winter giving us abundant greens during the coldest months of the year 🙂
This Spring we plan to use them as hotbeds to grow some seedlings.
The bed is pretty much finished now, we have it all ready to go. Now we just need to get some horse manure to put in the cold frames to use them as hotbeds this Spring for seedlings, and plant a whole bunch of strawberry plants around the cold frames. Yay!
It’s that time of year, when it’s finally cool enough weather to get out on the hillside and clean it up. Tim made an “A-frame” contour tool and started laying out the contours to build our hugelkultur terrace swales on our newly cleared south facing slope. It’s funny, we’ve been dreading actually getting this hillside cleaned up. When you walk out there and look around it just looks like an insurmountable mess… but now that we have the first arch getting pretty tidy, the contouring is getting rather addictive…