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Thursday, July 8

Gardening Pictures

I have been busy outdoors this spring and summer trying to get the ole' garden in growing order. 

We've had some real success with the veggies this year!  So far we have enjoyed some amazing yellow squash, delicious zucchini (I never knew there were so many yummy zucc recipes), dang good collards and a couple mini strawberries. I also discovered that I do not care for swiss chard-- no matter which way I cook it-- it's just bitter-- the chickens seem to love it though! =)

We are still awaiting our tomatoes, eggplant, corn, and pumpkins. The pumpkin is a "big max" variety-- that is supposed to be 50 to 75 lbs on average! It's a nice sunny yellow right now. It's amazing the daily size progress it makes.

I also have two very good garden keepers-- Woodrow and Sydney. Woodrow is a bit of a basil eater though. 

Soon to come-- goats! I have the pen/corral all set up-- now all I need are the goats!


lindsey on July 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

It looks great!!

Grace on July 8, 2010 at 6:05 PM said...

Everything looks fabulous!! Can't wait to see the giant pumpkins. We got a late start with our pumpkins and just planted them last weekend. What kind of goats are you guys planning to get? We're looking to get a pair but are trying to figure out the logistics of giving them plenty of space to roam while keeping them out of all the gardens.

Maryann on July 8, 2010 at 7:22 PM said...

Thanks so much!!

Grace-- We are thinking milking goats rather than meat goats. I would love to purchase two in milk, but it seems they go for more. I would love these two that I found-- Alpines. They look like little cows with black and white markings. Really cute! We built a pen that attaches to a shed. Half of the shed will be the milking parlor, while the other half will be where they sleep. I would say the pen is about 15 by 15 maybe more. Then when I have the dogs away in their run, I will let them out to graze/weed. We will see though-- I hope to get them soon-- and I will post about it for sure! =)


Grace on July 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM said...

We'd like milking goats too. Imagine the possibilities!! Sounds like you guys have it all figured out. I'll be tracking your progress to see how it's going. I think we're still at least 6-12 months from our goat adventure.

PS - we got our first egg today!!

Maryann on July 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM said...

GRACE!! Congrats on the egg!!! no eggs here yet! How old are your ladies now? Any specific changes in them you noticed before laying the eggs? I hear they turn a bit redder in the face and do some sort of squatting.