Child labor!!! Prepping for tomatoes is hard work
In the gardens we grow a wide range of vegetables, flowers and herbs.
The largest plot is grown in a three year rotation. After one year of growing we plant the areas to cover crop the following year. We sow oats, wheat or barley or a mix of grain crops with perennial alfalfa, clovers and other beneficial plants. This is grown for two years with the chickens coming on to the area to eat down the grains and fertilize.
For plant health we use large amounts of our own compost at planting as well as fish emulsion and compost teas throughout the season.
We constructed and began growing in the high tunnel in the late summer of 2011.
It has been a real learning experience and we have really enjoyed the extended growing season it provides.
In the early spring and fall we plant all sorts of mixed greens, kale, chard, and hardier crops that don’t like the summer heat as much. In the summer our overwintered dahlias flourish.
The high tunnel allows us to grow some things we otherwise wouldn't be able to outside.
We cut an old peach down years ago and now growing from the stump are two different peaches
Tree flowers are so cool
Apples survived another cold night!
We have a younger orchard in addition to some very old trees that were planted before we came here.
The younger trees (approximately 30) began being planted in 2003 and through 2008. Then we again planted some new trees in the spring of 2013 and 2014. The trees include: apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, sweet cherry, sour cherry, plum, peachcot, apricot, pluot, and even a quince.
The fruit new tree number is over 65 now, a handful of table grapes and we have begun planting some currants, raspberries, elderberries.