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Friday Favorite: The Truck

July 15th, 2016

We have this old red truck that we got with this property, in the winter it keeps the snow off the driveway. In the summer it is pressed into service hauling water for the back garden.
trusty truck
We fill a 100 gallon tank in the bed and I use it to fill waterings cans, which I haul to the garden to water things. I should think about buying a few more hoses so I can reach the garden from the spigots on the house, but until then we’ll use the trusty old truck. It’s actually a good way to run it weekly in the summer.

Do you have any garden areas out of reach of your hoses? How do you water them?

Texture and Color

July 13th, 2016

I grow a wide variety of vegetables in the garden, while I focus on good producers, some of the varieties I choose for the beauty as well. ‘Redina’ lettuce is one of these plants. It’s lovely while it’s growing, the deep red leaves are amazingly vibrant. When it starts to bolt it’s almost more lovely. Lettuces can be extremely eye catching when they start to rise up towards the sky to bloom and set seed.
bolting redina lettuce
I’ve been growing this variety for years and I always start a few extras so I can let them go to seed.

Do you grow any specific vegetables for their ornamental value?

Early July Blooms

July 12th, 2016

When we start getting consistently warm weather in late June & early July the garden seems to explode overnight. Every day there are new things blooming, new vegetables to harvest, and new birds and insects flitting around. Here’s what was blooming in my garden last week. July is really the most floriferous time in my garden, other season have blooms but not nearly as many.
the garden in early july 1
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the garden in early july 2
the garden in early july 3
the garden in early july 5
the garden in early july 6
the garden in early july 7
the garden in early july 8
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the garden in early july 10
the garden in early july 11
the garden in early july 12
the garden in early july 13
the garden in early july 15
the garden in early july 16
the garden in early july 14
Some of these are in my cutting garden, some are growing wild in various areas of the garden, I enjoy each one of them, even if I didn’t plant them. I’m always amazed that each year as I plant a wider variety of plants a wider variety of insects and birds appear.

What’s blooming in your garden this week?

Friday Favorite: Little Nuggets

July 8th, 2016

It is that season for baby birds. I have turkey cutlets and chicken nuggets running around the garden and mama duck is sitting on a nest of 10 eggs. I’m always trying to figure out just who will be allowed to sit and how many eggs I’ll allow. If you’re not careful you can end up with an army of new birds that need feed and watered.
baby birds 2
baby birds 1
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baby birds 4
Around here, birds hatch their clutches in the coops with the rest of the birds and the little ones are running around outside and among the bird birds from day one. It works out very well, it saves me a ton of time and the mama birds get to do what they want to do. I love that I never have to brood chicks and that I don’t have to worry about integrating new birds. It all just falls into place naturally.

Any little birds, wild or domesticated, in your garden?

Delicious Volunteers

July 7th, 2016

I always have a few volunteer potatoes, it’s hard to get every single little tuber out of the ground when you harvest them. They’re always welcome, I harvest them all as new potatoes since they grow up in areas of the garden where I have other things planted.
new potato harvest
We enjoyed these little lovelies for breakfast the other morning, browned in bacon great with a few onions. You just can’t beat the delicious flavor of new potatoes!

What are you harvesting from you garden this week?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.