It’s amazing how quickly a year passes. The older my kids get, the quicker time flies by. I must work on finding ways to slow it down before I blink and realize I’m ninety! The past year was full of unexpected changes and challenges, and though I haven’t been writing here, I have been working hard on a new project that I hope to talk about soon.
I’m happy to report that most of our fruit trees survived the year and we might even get to eat some white peaches soon. A few of the trees died and I’m thinking it was due to not enough water. Oh, how I wish my grandparents were here to ask! I truly have no idea what I’m doing in the garden. It’s a learning experience every year.
The corn grew well and we harvested a lot of ears, but they tasted awful. I think I waited too long to harvest them. I replanted this year (with saved seeds! Yay!) and hopefully I will pick them at the right time.
In March we put up a green house where I grew all of my starts for this year’s garden. The tomato plants ended up much hardier than last year’s window starts, and I have a good feeling for this year’s crop. I tested the soil and found out there are extremely low levels of nitrogen in the soil. We added blood meal to the soil and are putting our coffee grounds around the plants to remedy it. I plan on growing a cover crop to improve the soil this fall. We purchased a lime tree that we put into a pot so that it can spend it’s winters inside the greenhouse, since it’s technically too cold to grow citrus here. We also planted a kumquat tree in the orchard that we bought by mistake. It probably won’t make it through the winter, but we’ll see.
Last year’s guinea hens did well until we let them out of the chicken house. After that, a bobcat (I think) picked them off one by one until they were gone. We decided we won’t try to raise them again. I think that unless we get a dog, we are going to keep having trouble with the bobcats and coyotes, so we won’t be able to have any critters roaming free.
This year we are raising our first turkeys! The turkey pen borders the chicken run, and every time I let the chickens out into the orchard the turkeys will call to the chickens until they come back. There have been more flies this year than last. I always thought chickens would eat the flies, but they don’t! I’ve heard that geese eat flies and make good guard birds, so maybe we will get some next spring.
I will write again soon! Hope you are enjoying the summer weather 🙂