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A Walk Around The Garden: ‘The Mega List’

chives

Our garden never sleeps, not even through the winter. With our cold frames protecting crops through the cold season, we get the satisfaction of harvesting produce like leeks in the spring. If we didn’t have something happening in the garden year-round, I don’t know what we would do with ourselves.

fresh-picked-leeks

It’s true we are starting to see the fruits of our winter labor, but now is the time when we bust our tails. This lets us enjoy bountiful harvests throughout the spring, summer, and into fall. The organic seeds we started on our DIY seed rack have grown into towering seedlings and are slowly being moved into their designated dirt homes in the garden. While the cucumbers are just now hardening off, others like tomatoes and cabbage have already been planted.

planting-spring-seedlings

Tomatoes are going strong in the front garden beds. Unfortunately, the cabbage planted in our fenced-in backyard has slowly been devoured by an unknown creature. But what nature has taken, nature has given; we have volunteer squash growing like crazy beside where the cabbage was planted. They have been growing so strong and fruiting like we’ve never had before. Thus, the decision was made to plant around them instead of pulling them up. Now, we just eagerly await the fruit to grow to full size. While we wait, there are squash blossoms to enjoy.

volunteer-squash

Speaking of edible delectable flowers, our chives had a beautiful purple bloom we wanted to cook with but the majority died off before we took advantage. Next time around, we’ll jump on that opportunity before it slips away… At least now we already have recipes picked out.

chive-blossoms

We aren’t letting everything slip by us. We have been taking full advantage of wild blackberries growing around the garden in the front of the house. Ryan spoiled this pregnant lady with the best crumble made with the berries and rhubarb (finally old enough to harvest a little bit) fresh from the garden. None of us, Ellie included, can keep out of the alpine strawberry patch. It’s the ideal place to grab a treat in-between garden checks and long hours spent on current projects like wattle fencing and structure building.

garden-picked-rhubarb-and-blackberries

We are in a place where we want to do more in the garden than we’ll be living here for, i.e. we want to move soon. This hasn’t stopped us from buying more plants. It has just kept us from building more garden beds and planting in the ground.

prapagation

As enjoyable as it is to take you around our garden, there’s always more going on than anyone would want to read in one post. (One day we just need to do a video.) The best way to keep up with everyday ins and outs of our homestead (and personal tidbits) is on Facebook and Instagram. So without any drawn-out details, here is the latest list of most of what is growing around here:

  • 10+ Yellow Squash
  • 24 Tomatoes
  • 6 Tomatillos
  • 20+ Garlic
  • 4 Elephant Garlic
  • 5 Sweet Onions
  • 20+ Kale
  • Patch of Swiss Chard
  • 55 Comfrey
  • Mounds of  Spearmint, Peppermint, and Chocolate mint
  • Patch of Bee Balm
  • Multiple mounds of Thyme and Oregano
  • 3 Catnip
  • 8 Lavender
  • 2 Lemon Balm
  • 2 Chives
  • 2 Rosemary
  • Sage
  • 11 Calendula
  • 19 Figs (4 varieties)
  • 20 Alpine Strawberries (2 varieties)
  • 6 Strawberries (2 varieties)
  • 2 Avocado Trees
  • 2 Lemon Trees (2 varieties)
  • 5 Elderberry
  • 2 Southern Highbush Blueberries
  • 2 Blackberries (2 varieties)
  • Ginger
  • 2 Goji Berry
  • 3 Hardy Kiwi (3 varieties)
  • Black Currant
  • Black Raspberry
  • 2 Muscadine (2 varieties)
  • Concord Seedless Grapes
  • 6 Rhubarb
  • 5 Raspberry (3 varieties)
  • Patch of sunchokes
  • 25+ Asparagus
  • 25+ Artichokes
  • Shiitake Mushroom Log

You all, we are busting at the seams here. I can’t say that we’d have it any other way. Our dreams are big, and one day the land we call our homestead will be as well. At least we now have a truck to transport these little babies when we are ready for that move. And just to be clear, this list does not include produce yet to be planted, such as our 20 sweet potato slips and cucumbers, or our ever growing Knoxville bed full of all kinds of berries.

I should get back out to the garden now (wild blackberries are calling my name), but I hope you are feeling a little more filled in as to what all we have turning around these parts after this somewhat lengthy walk around the garden.

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