Since the weather has been warm here for awhile now, I've decided to get the garden going.
It was a mess from winter neglect.
I spent a couple of days weeding and then I raked the beds to get rid of the leaves that are constantly falling and old chicken coop hay that I had put down a couple of months ago.
The chickens and ducks promptly took care of disposing the weeds for me. Such good helpers!
The cabbage was planted last Fall and survived the winter.
I hope it tastes as good as it looks!
I planted some lima beans and okra last week. They are already making an appearance.
Have you ever had homegrown lima beans? We grew some last year but only got a handful of limas. Since we weren't getting enough at one time to have with a meal I had thrown them in a baggie in the freezer. When I got them out quite a while later, I cooked them in water with a little bit of salt added and nothing else. They were so rich and buttery, simply delicious. They tasted nothing like the dried, store bought lima beans that I was used to. Country Boy loved them and couldn't get over the fact that I added nothing but salt when cooking them. I'm hooked on homegrown limas now! I'm hoping to get BUNCHES of them this year.
Prior to planting the limas and okra I started some tomatoes, jalapenos and banana peppers.
They're coming up nicely and when they get bigger I will transplant them into one of the garden beds.
Yesterday, I planted some potatoes and blackeyed peas and I also transplanted some tomato plants that were growing in our hillbilly compost bin. Ya gotta love what comes out of the compost bin!
|Tomato transplants from compost bin|
Nice sized tomato plants already!
I also have lots of herbs planted in pots... basil, chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, oregano, parsley and rosemary. I'm not quite sure what to do with the lavender yet but it smells wonderful! I'm going to have to Google it, I reckon!
Here's the garden after getting cleaned up with everything planted except for the tomato and pepper seedlings.
We bought good quality seeds this year from a feed store so we're crossing our fingers that we'll have a good yield from them.
Till next time,