S: The Little House Garden
FC: The little house Garden....
1: “Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.” —Bahá’u’lláh
2: Our first garden 2009 After lots of research, reading and conversations ( not to mention lots of shopping).We decided to plant a garden at the little house. We got some pucks and seeds gathered everyone up and "started" from scratch. | Silly Critter! | Mom
3: Pumpkins, Beans, Corn | Peas, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, berries | with this crew... multiple "HAMS!" | Kyle & Summer | Sean the king Ham
4: It looks like we just hopped into the yard and tilled, not the case! Soil prep was KEY! | This yard had no love for 10 years! It was as hard as a rock and full of goat-heads and weeds. Sean and Critter got the tiller going, but it was pure brute force to till that dirt!
5: We put in 38 bags of various conditioners and composts. The day we tilled there was a tornado, we had to stop mid-till and take cover. It took us most of the day to condition the soil, till, rake out the weeds and turn the dirt until it was as smooth as butter. For the first time since we moved in even Piper could walk in the yard without getting stickers. This was our first big step!
6: It had rained, hailed and we'd even had a tornado touch down. But we got our corn in the ground that first night. | We still have lots left to do over the next few days, but we were pretty excited to have our little corn seedlings in the ground. I can tell you that we were all pretty dang beat by the end of that day! But we had our garden!
7: In go the seedlings! | Garden Day 2
8: 4 kinds of tomatoes right next to the chili's and peppers SALSA ! | straight rows of cucumbers, broccoli, beans, peas, squashes and pumpkins
9: Garden ROWS
12: Josh gets out the hoe! | Hoe, Josh, Hoe!
13: Sean is in on the weeding action | As usual not wearing sunscreen! But at least he's keeping the rows straight.
14: Cat Naps in the garden. Piper keeping an eye on the plants. Not only are the human kids in the garden, but so are all our furry kids. Our "outdoor" kitties guard the corn.
15: A family that gardens together gets sunburned together
16: The garden has been in for about a week. These are the pictures from the first big weed. It took us about 2 days to really get the weeds all pulled or dug out. All the original weeds and goat-heads we started out with quickly took root in the conditioned soil. It seemed like every time we pulled a weed another one popped up.
17: The seedlings quickly took root and began to grow. It was amazing to watch them early in the morning open for the sun, like they were reaching for the light.
18: The little plants soon began to grow and grow and grow! The pumpkins and peppers as well as tomatoes sprouted blooms | We decided to put in a few rows of sunflowers as well. We simply put in the seeds, one of the coolest things we ever saw in the garden was the seed growing out to the dirt. It was like watching a time enhanced video. It popped out of the dirt and became a plant within just a few minutes, while we watched. We felt like we were actually watching life happen. (which we were)
19: Merlot (& Zin) loved the growing garden! They'd play in the corn & nap in the rows. The little flower blooms gave way to the tiniest of peppers & tomatoes!
20: Every morning we would water the garden & do a hand check of each row. We pulled weeds, picked dead leaves off and checked for bugs. Our tiny little vegetables were starting to get bigger and we knew pretty soon we'd have some good stuff to pick. It was hard work, but really exciting to watch the growth day by day
21: The corn was getting tall enough to actual start to rustle in the wind. Our first tomatoes were getting pretty big, but still green. | We laid down stepping stones between the areas of the garden. This allowed us to walk through without hurting the plants. Little did we know that the tiny pepper shown here was just getting started! They got so big!
23: The corn is now almost as tall as Lisa (not too hard to do). The pumpkins are all blooming and producing gourds, cucumbers almost ready to pick & tomatoes starting to change to red and the first beans are ready to pick. They are purple. | We are already harvesting herbs, the basil is amazing! | The bees are working double time in our garden | After a great fishing trip we put in heads and tails to give our corn a healthy boost.
24: Our First harvest! Zuc, Summer Squash, lots of Tomatoes, beans, hatch chili's, horn peppers, and herbs. | We give thanks for the bounty the mother earth has given us
25: Kyle picking beans | she picked an entire basket of them for dinner | The marigolds bloomed to keep out bugs | And we fed the garden as it fed us
26: The Guardians of the Garden take a little time to play Zin & Merlot about 9 months old
27: Mid season produced a lot of fresh veggies! Lisa pretty much picked fresh produce everyday. The weeding was at a minimum at this point. We had to pull out one tomato plant, it was rotting from the inside out, but pretty much it was smooth sailing!
28: Working in the garden. Pumpkins getting big
30: Season getting old, we're coming to the end! Our corn is done and ready to pick. So, Sean and Lisa harvested the ears and cut down the stalks. We set aside the stalks to dry for decorations during the fall.
31: The rest of the veggies are still going and going. We have a lot of Zuc, squash and the pumpkins are turning orange. The summer has been pretty rainy so we have lots of fat beans and peas. Plenty to put up. The tomatoes are a little sparse.
32: Harvesting and roasting Chili's. Putting these up and making a big pot of pork Green chili is the goal of the day.
33: A big harvest before the frost. These are a few of the goodies we ended up with late in the season. Pumpkins came out beautiful and the kids are excited to carve them up! | The sugar pumpkins are for pies & muffins | We put up veggies for our very first home grown garden "Thanksgiving" & we shared the bounty with family and friends.
34: Jack Frost came to visit. Our garden for 2009 is done. | We enjoyed the last of the fried green tomatoes & the vines are dry and frost-bitten. But we are already planning 2010...