City garden is doing GREAT :) :) we are so thankful. Got lots of beet, spinach and kale seeds. Also lettuce seeds. LOTS. We might try to sale some at the farmers market. We'll see. We ripped up what needed to be ripped up and planted some green beans, more kale, and cabbage.
Country garden is doing TERRIBLE! :) :) One of the boys left a gate open and the cows came in and helped themselves to the corn :) They had a little fun rolling a bale of hay around in the green beans too. What they didn't ruin, the grasshoppers did. :) We dug the potatoes early but got a pretty good harvest anyway. The green beans ... nothing much at all ... so many rows ... no beans. Oh well. That's why we planted some more at the city garden. Maybe we'll have a few yet?! We did get some NoLo grasshopper biological bait. The instructions were for "about 8 grasshoppers per square yard." Uhhuh. We all got a great laugh out of that. David said this is the worst he's seen it in a while. Why? probably because we did not have a hard frost last winter. There are THOUSANDS of hoppers per square yard at the country garden!!! We learned a lot though. The tomatoes out there are hanging in there but the hoppers are now on them. Had to pick the squash early too. Live and learn.
Chickens: our girls laid their first egg over night :) They are all doing well and noone has died even though it's been terribly hot and miserable. They seem happy and they still like us. They are good at jumping/flying over the fences, so the boys are making a chicken tractor for them.
Farmers Market: something new we started last month. We've been selling mostly bread and jams but a few veggies too. Everyone else has a LOT of nice veggies and no bread or jams, so we thought to just stick with things noone else is offering. It seems to be going well so far.
Brianna got a new camera (well, my dad and a brother helped pay for her new camera) to replace the old one that had a mind of its own. She is so thankful! Here are a few shots from that:
|jam for the market|
|cinnamon raisin bread for market|
|thought this was pretty|
|hens & chick at Christine's|
One last thing to share. I asked a brother to please build me pantry shelves for my jars & buckets whenever he had time ... a few days later I had shelves!! I am SO THANKFUL!!!!! I really felt spoiled.