Farmer’s Garden

My gardens are growing well or at least most of them. My bulbs are not coming up and never will as the squirrels dug them all up and ate them. Also my peas are most gone, there are only two plants left, the squirrels pulled up all the others and ate the seeds. The other one that isn’t doing well and I bet it never will and that is the black berries. I found what I thought was a sale one a nice looking black berry bush and it came today. OH MY it was a tiny packet of seeds. I guess I didn’t read that page very good. I will plant the seeds but I don’t have much hope for them so I’ll put some carrot seeds in the box too. I will show you what I have got growing.

these are the two sides of my tower. I don’t know if you can make out what is growing but there are chives, basil, parsley, thyme, strawberries, radishes, spinach, cucumbers, summer squash, even a Lillie or two. I put every thing that I had left over and will see which things will grow in the tower. Each thing has it’s own little piece of dirt but if it will be enough we will have to wait and see if they grow.

These are my strawberries and all of the ones I planted here took well and you can see a few are even in bloom now so unless the squirrels decided they like the looks of them I will have a few strawberries.
These are the tomatoes. They are growing well but are not awfully big but all four of the plants have blossoms and three of the four have small tomatoes on them. The one standard size plant I have had to tie up to the fence to give it support. So I know I will have some tomatoes. there are three regular size and one cherry tomato. These are the summer squash. I don’t know if they are yellow squash or zucchini I had six little ones of each and five are here and the others are in the tower and I won’t know which is which until I see the fruit. So far there are bud but I can’t tell yet if they are male or female flowers so I don’t know for sure if I will have squash. I just have to wait a while. This is one of the two egg plants. They are in the corners of the squash box. At first they had a hard time because the sun was so hot and they nearly died with the heat but as the squash has grown and gives the egg plants some shade the egg plants have really taken off and are now blooming. I don’t see any fruit set yet but there are lots of flowers. Here is my fun experiment, the corn. So far it is going great and getting taller every day but we will have to wait and see if they can get big enough to have ears of corm on them. Each stock can have two ears of they have enough dirt under them, again it is wait and see. this is one of the two boxes of beans. One is yellow and one is green but which is which I don’t know, they look the same. This box the beans have little buds on them the other does not yet. It will be quite a while before the beans start to grow and not until then will I know which are green and which are the yellow wax beans. These are the peppers There are three of the four I put in. The biggest one did not survive the transplant but two of the three here have buds on them now so I should get some peppers. In the front corner where the dead pepper was I have a Lillie growing and it doesn’t seem to mind the peppers at all. Plants can be very picky about who they have to grow beside. On the farm I could never plant the peppers next to the tomatoes, when I tried it the peppers would not bear fruit until the tomatoes were done and out of there. This is where the peas were. There are only two tiny plants left so I planted the flower that Bob brought for me last week. I have had to put the dirt back around it’s roots twice as the squirrel seem to think there are peas under the flower as well. The last day they have left it alone and it seems to. be quite happy there. I am hoping it will attract the bees to my garden then I will get a better yield from the plants. And the flowers are so pretty they dress up my garden. This is the tent/car port that Patty got and built for the patio so we could have some shade. It is much too hot to sit outside without some kind of shade. It is very nice now and we can sit right there and watch the birds as they come for the bird bath and feeding station. I don’t use the fountain in the bird bath any longer. The bird love to drink and bath in the bird bath and they splash so much water out the fountain could not keep shooting. Now I just have to add water once a day so they have enough water. This is my little red oak tree. It has quite a sun burn but it is still alive and growing. I put the chair there beside it to give it some shade for part of the day. There is also a sun flower planted beside it and since I feed the blue jays sunflower seeds in that same space I bet I have lots more sunflowers growing there soon. Oh, yes in the red buckets that the car port is anchored in has cement in the bottom and then filled with dirt and we planted some wild flowers in them and some sun flower seeds so we may get the birds up close and fun to watch. This is the view of the bird bath and feeding station that we get from the patio and those are busy most of the day.
I guess that updates you on the gardens. So far so good. Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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