Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cool Weather Crops

I finally got my cool weather crops planted today. I tilled up two more garden squares and bordered them with rocks. The soil was pretty good, but I didn't see many earthworms. Maybe in time these new blocks of earth will be as fertile as the others.

I planted a lot of cauliflower, some broccoli, beets, peas, cabbage, romaine lettuce, and buttercrunch lettuce. I haven't ever had success with the broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage, so wish me luck. The others, excluding beets which I haven't ever grown before, should grow well and be yummy in a few weeks.

The rest of the garden is doing well, too, so I took a few shots to share with you:

Look at this pretty white blossom! It is the blossom from the swan gourds that I was telling you about a few days ago:

A green pumpkin peeps out from under the leaves:

This honeydew melon is coming along nicely, and there are many other smaller ones growing too:

I just love how the cucumbers are steadily producing:

I saw a lot of honeybees on my Crenshaw melons, so I had to capture their gracefulness on camera (this pic enlarges):

And I took another picture of the full garden. I can't tell you how proud I am of this garden! The soil is richer and better than ever, which is evident with all of the crops thriving so well (this pic enlarges too):

As I was leaving the garden I noticed my Silver Laced Wyandotte Hen perched up on top of the 7' chicken coop fencing:

Don't tell the other hens, but she is probably my favorite chicken. She has a great calm temperment. Perhaps I'll get a few more Wyandottes next spring.

I think I'll take the rest of the day off and have some fun with the family. I wish you a wonderful weekend!


  1. I've never had luck with brocolli or cauliflower either. Something always eats it.