Sunday, June 06, 2010

Early June photos

The black raspberries. Yes they are still red--mostly. I admit to have eaten a few.

Our Peach tree needed crutches.

Our strawberry season is over.

We ran a third hot-wire to maintain the dog boundary in the field where the broiler chickens are lurching around.

They are incredibly healthy seven weeks old.

I'd move them more than twice per day if it weren't so bloody hot.

They mostly lounge around except just after a lurch forward move. That is when they scurry about looking for that illusive insect.

This is a view from where the chickens are toward the house.

Each of the kids have their own raised bed. They love it and are very proud to show them off to any visitors.

They each chose what they want planted there.

The greenhouse is mostly empty of seedlings now.

I like the soil block maker, I admit it.

The tomatillos have battled and seem to be winning.

There be salsa verde in my mouth very soon.

The new soaker hoses get my full endorsement.

They are better than the old ones in every way. We have the 75 foot version.

Here we are trying winter wheat in between our tomatoes.

This is the season where our garden looks the best--right before everything starts dying.

Toly has become fixated on the hose connectors. We use the quick connect style.

Jack is a great dog. We have such high hope for both him

and Ianto

These pigs are our favorites of any we have raised.

Ginger is so cute.


Astrid is a show dog.

She'll never compare to Henry but in some ways she is better. She definitely is more protective of Tabitha and the kids already. She is about half grown now.

Yes, she will be a big dog.

This will be garden soil next year.

Jocelyn is looking great these days. She gets a few mower bags full of grass clippings each weather permitting day.

She loves it more than anything. It is like pre-chewed-food.

This is my barn ladder-stairs. They pull up out of the way on a hinge mechanism.


Ron said...

Looking good! The chickens look terrific. Raspberries do too. Thank goodness for the river on these hot days!

Garden drama... yeah, lots and lots of squash bug eggs today. Ahh, well. I did get to pinch a few heads off, which made me feel better. :)


Ang. said...

Things are looking good! You are, as usual, a couple of weeks ahead of us. Its amazing what a few hundred miles does to the climate. Our garden drama pertains to rain. We have an overabundance this spring! Another 2-3 inches forecast for today. We still have all of our vines to plant. I may have to just play in the mud and hope for the best to get them in.

I am curious about your broilers and how you sell them. We have sold about half of the ones we raised this spring. Do you require a deposit? Do people allow folks to request certain size birds? And how much do you sell them for? This is the first year we have really taken orders for birds and, as always, I have a lot of questions rolling around my head.

karl said...

Ron, Tabitha claims to be still ahead of the squash bugs. We have got some of these huge patty-pan plants that seem to have tele-ported in from some other planet. I hope we get fruit soon.

Ed, Ahh tomatillos, we love them. they are a slightly pale substitute for tomatoes in fresh pico-de-gallo salsa. Surely you'd enjoy them fresh especially since they fruit a few weeks sooner than tomatoes.

Ang, I commented on your blog with specifics on our chicken sales. Also most of that information is available at

hey thanks for commenting!

Sissy said...

Fantastic pictures. Quite lovely gardens - everyone's! You as a family are such an inspiration for those you touch. Thank you for sharing. I just this morning read Tabitha's accounts of the births and it was very hard to read through blurred eyes. So beautiful. An inspiration for women you are, Tabitha.

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