|Staked cherry tomato plant and one of the pepper plants in|
the herb garden.
|We have a pepper!|
That's the pepper plant on the other side of that unruly tomato plant. Do you see it? It's the first week of June and I'm already seeing peppers! I think I can say thank you to the meatie chicken pooh fertilizer for these little blessings.
Now we can go look at the chicken food garden...
|Table Queen Acorn Squash in the Chicken Food Garden|
Table Queen Acorn Squash. How beautiful is that plant? There's nine of these and they are all getting their male blooms. The chickens are going to have such a wonderful treat with these! By the end of winter they will be like "Acorn squash AGAIN?!?" From the looks of these plants, this is going to be an excellent harvest.
|Table Queen Acorn Squash, Black Oil Sunflowers and Tomatoes|
Here we have some of the black oil sunflower seeds in the front. I got about a 35% to 40% germination rate out of the seeds that I planted for those. Thing is, they were packaged as bird seed. My mother gave me a hand full (or two) of them to try out. I'm VERY pleased with the result because there are over a dozen of these sunflowers growing in the chicken food garden.
This garden is trimmed with six tomato plants. The Lemon Boy is already sporting yellow blooms and the Charlie Chaplin plant has fully recovered from the meatie onslaught that it suffered on their last day of free ranging.
Now we have to take a walk through the white clover in the grass to get to the coop garden and the ground garden.
|Beautiful White Clover|
|Hello Honey Bee!|
If you look inside that red circle, you'll see it. A honey bee. Honey bees are necessary for proper pollination in the garden. I encourage the honey bee to visit my yard as much as possible. The problems with the honey bee population is another reason why I don't use pesticides. Pesticides kill honey bees even if that's not the intended target. I'm so happy that the bees like to visit my yard!
|The Ground Garden|
|Onions and Yellow Squash|
|The bush beans are doing well too!|
These are the same type of beans that my mother and grandmother planted in their gardens. There are two rows of these beans and they are taking off nicely. There will be enough beans for canning as well as feeding us all summer long.
|Last change for Watermelon!|
This is one of nine of the Orangeglo watermelons left. These were replants after the tree rats destroyed the ones I had started indoors. I'm hoping that three of the plants make it but I'm not holding my breath here.
|I <3 Mammoth Sunflowers!|
Last but not least in the ground garden we have mammoth sunflowers. These will be great for human snacking or chicken snacking. They get about 12' tall and will be beautiful once they bloom!
Now for a quick look at the coop garden!
|Yep, there's a garden on the roof of the chicken coop!|
There was one failure on the eco roof. The wild strawberry plants that I transplanted pooed out and died. I expected them to make it. The one thing that I didn't expect to make it were the three sugar pumpkin plants that I put up there but as you can see, they are doing quite well. This experiment with sugar pumpkins has taught me that they don't like good soil. In fact, I think the crappier the dirt is, the more they like it.
There are 2 more pumpkin plants that I've kept in old plastic Halloween pumpkin buckets that are doing very well too. I'm hoping for a decent pumpkin harvest for the chickens to have something awesome to eat and we can have a few nice pumpkin dishes this fall and winter. Yay for sugar pumpkins!
Of course since I was back there clicking photos, the girls were curious about what I was doing and came up to say hello and see if I had any food. Well... they were probably just wanting to see if I had any food. The white one in the front left is actually Curry. Curry and Piccata have finally caught up with the rest of the group size wise.
I hope you enjoyed our little walk through my gardens! Hopefully next month I'll be showing you photos of beautiful tomatoes, sunflowers that are taller than I am and other beauties from my back yard.
Happy Friday my friends!