Planting, Growing, and Maintaining

We have planted several things in the kitchen garden this year and finally we had rain after 6 weeks. We have been watering the garden since we started planting in late April. There is corn, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, radishes, eggplant, onions, jalapeno peppers, okra, garlic and sweet peppers. Everything in the garden is doing quite well thanks to irrigation. We are so blessed to be able to have a creek running through our property and be able to pump the water up to our holding pond and use the water for irrigation.

We have fruit trees that are 3 years old and they are starting to have fruit on them even if it is small. The peach trees have the most fruit on them but last year even the apple and pear trees had some fruit. The cherry trees have beautiful blooms but we have not had fruit on them yet but we can’t wait for the orchard to mature and start producing a bountiful harvest.

Blueberries are our biggest crop and the bushes are loaded with berries this year. The bushes will be 6 year old this year since we bought 3 year old bushes to start with. We have several different varieties so that they are ripe at different times. The first berries come in the first of July and we can usually pick berries until the end of August.

Everything on the farm requires some attention from time to time but it is a labor of love. Even after plants and bushes are in the ground they require care in the form of fertilization and watering. The four of us are always so excited every year when it is harvest time. It is so wonderful to have fresh fruits and vegetables to put on our table and to share with the rest of our family. We have truly been blessed to be able to live this life and to share the experience with children, grandchildren and anyone else who wants to talk about it.

Hope you can spend the summer with the family at the farm and I hope you enjoy reading about our experiences as much as we enjoy living them.

Juanita and Carolyn with lavender
Juanita and Carolyn with lavender
green beans
green beans
grape vines
grape vines
tomatoes
tomatoes
peach trees
peach trees

baby squash

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