And WHAT--you may ask--do teenaged chicks have to do with gardens ??? Well, I'm glad you asked. (Here they are--you go first, no YOU go first--coming out of the coop in the morning...) Aren't they precious??
Chicken manure and straw from the coop are an important part of our composting routine. IF we didn't have so many dogs, cats and coyotes around here, they'd be free ranging and eating up bus from the garden. Maybe. My last experience with that was that I had to fence my garden, because they LOVE tomatoes, all green plants and especially green beans and peas, as well as bugs and weeds. LOL As it is, we exploit their waste product, which is very high in nitrogen and ammonia. So, after it's been good and composted, we use it on the gardens...but not before, because chicken poo is very HOT and can burn anything you plant in it. (And yes, this IS the voice of experience talking. lol)
The gardens are off to a good start, it looks like. All the flowers that should just be blooming are almost finished (irises and such) the Clematis is in full bloom already, and this morning the first Stella D'Oro day lily bloomed !!
I have quite a few of these planted around the place. They're great and they bloom almost all summer long.
For some reason I'm not seeing the picture I took of the clematis...hmmm...
Anyway, here are some shots of the vegetable gardens in their infancy (mostly):
Assorted and Sundry Bell Peppers...
Sugar edible pea pods
French Breakfast Radish babies (the rest of this bed is planted in 2 lettuces, spinach, chard and onions and the 2 bottoms of celery experiment!)
Christmas Pole Limas--not sprouted yet..a lovely maroon and white speckled bean. 2 trellises,7 poles, 3 beans per = 42 plants (Our first time to do this--we'll see.)
'Maters--4 Big Boy, $ Better Boy and 4 Beefsteaks
Taters--Red Pontiacs, Kennebecs and Irish Cobblers
Edamame bed--no sign yet, and can't pull weeds, just in case. lol
And GOOSEBERRIES!! In the backyard by a big old dead tree and I didn't even know they were there until Ellyn pointed them out on our stroll yesterday!
The peaches are going to be great this year!!
The apples too!
And this is the quinoa bed-an experiment- and it was just planted 2 days ago.
Ahhh...here's the clematis--came through when I downloaded a second time.
And the evening primrose at the front porch.
And finally---the king of everything, Sir Jinga
So, there you have it...the gardens at Honeysuckle Hill in the middle of May. Hope you enjoyed the tour!!!!