|A cluster of raspberry buds. Oh they will be good.|
|A new greenhouse cucumber that matures at about 4-5 inches.|
|Life long friend Ellen shows my great nephew how to unload |
aged horse barn compost for the new raised beds. He is working the controls.
|My great niece is showing Grams what goes where while |
Ellen and the little girl's brother unload the trailer.
|Ellen, Florencio, Angie and her son help unload the compost.|
|Beets growing in the greenhouse.|
|The first tomatoes growing in the greenhouse.|
|My great nephew who is 6 wrote these tags for us!|
|The newly pruned orchard.|
|The bees are working hard.|
|Pear trees on the left, white barked fig trees on the right.|
|The new raised beds for perennials that aren't happy in the wet soil in the winter.|
|Beets have grown!|
|Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower starts from seed.|
|The first basil is up and smelling delicious.|
|Zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and patty pan squash to |
grow very early in the greenhouse.
|Indigo Rose tomatoes in the front, Swiss chard starts |
to the right with colorful stems.
|Bright lights Swiss Chard.|
|6 different kinds of lettuce.|
|Tomatoes, sweet peas and onions.|
|Some seeds are tiny.|
|My friends Jane and Vickie came out and helped plant seeds. |
Jane is planting nasturtiums.
|Tiny seeds grow tiny plants. |
15-20 seeds in each cell are coming up. This is trailing Lobelia.
|My great niece is checking out the greenhouse tomatoes. |
They have grown. (So has she!)
|Scott starts rototilling, then the poor tiller has a mechanical issue. |
Another nephew, Andrew, ordered the parts and fixed it this last week.
Our family has skills.
|My great nephew, the 6 year old, took this picture of the apple tree. |
Also the one of Scott tilling. Nice work!
|Some onion seeds are blue.|
|The little cherubs found worms in the compost |
and then took a picture of it. Nice.
|Old straw from the barn is lining the bottom of |
the beds. The kiddos help Scott.
|We have a new addition to the farm family! |
She is soooo adorable!
|Little fingers help plant, too. She is planting peas. |
Some critter ate off the little plants that were growing in the garden. We thought if we planted bigger plants there the critters might leave them alone.
|The new raised beds await the two trucks of |
other compost that is on order.
|Unloading the compost.|
|Compost has been dumped here and is still steaming, it is still breaking down.|
|Scott on the tractor moving large amounts, Florencio smoothing it out.|
|Kidlets put on the finishing touches.|
|Bugs are searched out and examined. :)|
|She shares with her brother. |
They then look for more critters.
|Compost has been spread out. |
Many muscles are tired.
|More helpers planting peas.|
|Eating peas are being planted here. |
Brea helps out on Tuesdays after school.
|Greenhouse tomatoes have shot up. Florencio does a good job with them. |
Mary is checking them out. She found some blooms. We are excited :)
|The greenhouse is brimming, waiting for warmth outside.|
|Even little ones can plant seeds with mom's help.|
|She is almost two and can also harvest chives.|
|Artichokes are enjoying the nice day.|
|Lady bugs are good guys in the garden. |
encourage them to stay around. Here she is on parsley.
|The first greenhouse cucumber.|
|Pepper plants are doing well.|
|Basil in the raised bed inside the greenhouse. |
Boy does it smell nice.
|The lettuce has grown enough to also be planted |
in the greenhouse raised beds.
|Four kinds of eating peas are coming up strong. |
No critters are eating them while they get a head start in the greenhouse.
|Nasturtiums, which are edible, have come up well. |
They will be planted out well after the last frost has passed.
|New little things coming up. We are doing more succession planting. The idea is to plant some things early, what a while, plant some more then repeat. Then there will be things to harvest throughout the summer.|
|Onions in the foreground, |
staked up cucumbers to the side.
|Yellow crookneck squash almost ready to eat.|
We are trying to grow them in the greenhouse.
|Another wave of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower.|
|More lettuce started on 4-2.|
|Patty pan squash in the greenhouse.|
|Speckled leaves on a new kind of zucchini. |
These are producing in the greenhouse, too.
|Many cucumbers have set on this plant. |
Each blossom will be another cuc.
|We expanded the space for growing large potted veggies in the greenhouse. |
The wire counters in the middle have cucumbers growing up between them. The vines will grow outward and probably try to hang down. Another experiment this year.
|Blueberries are flowering like crazy.|
|Raspberries have many small buds.|
|Pears are forming. Flower petals have blown away.|
|Another apple blossom with the |
bee protective roof showing in the background.
|One of the hives is "humming" with activity. |
The other 3 aren't quite so busy today.
|Triple Crown blackberries in the front, then Marionberries, |
then blueberries in the background.
|The orchard is leafing out. |
The early bloomers are indeed blooming.
|The pink dogwoods Dad planted for Mom many |
years ago are blooming like crazy. They both would have loved this image.