A few weeks ago we discovered a very large mulberry tree in our tree grove right behind the garden. I was excited about having some kind of berry this year to be able to make some fresh jam. Although so far I haven’t had experience with mulberries, both my hubby and dad grew up around these crazy berry trees and have both been persistent that I make some jam this summer!
This week we headed out in the grove (which is not an easy thing to do since the grass is over 3 feet tall!) and when we were looking at the mulberries we noticed another mulberry tree, and another, and another. We found a total of 8 so far and some that receive a more direct sunlight have berries that are ready! Next week should be fun as we are planning on using the “shakedown” method of picking. I can’t wait to share.
Yes! Finally a picture of some broccoli! Each of my broccoli plants finally produced heads in the last week and they are growing quickly. The one above is currently about the size of a softball. With how massive the plants have gotten I can’t wait to see how big these get!
My “bush” plants are covered in little zucchinis! For a long time now I’ve had no idea which plants were what in the garden because I didn’t put up any markers. All I knew is that the first 3 rows were bush plants and the next 6 were viney. All the bush plants now have tiny little veggies on them so we can identify each of them (zucchini, yellow squash, and a bush butternut). The vineys are covered in blossoms so I’m not sure on those yet but we will know soon! These little zucchinis have been teasing me all week. They are growing quickly but not quickly enough for my wanting-zucchini-brownies-right-now appetite!
I’ve been picking peas all week, they are producing like crazy! Each time I can get a nice big bowl full I simply blanch them whole and stick in the freezer for future stir fry. My snap peas didn’t do as well as my snow peas for some reason but that’s ok. I’d rather have these anyways!
Speaking of which you should take a look at this craziness…..
This is ONE week’s worth of growth on the peas! My garden is really growing like crazy right now. I have a feeling it’s going to start to get hard to keep up when it really starts producing.
Here are the tomatoes. As much as we’ve tried to keep them growing up they’ve decided to grow out into huge hedges of tomato plants. We picked up the large heavy duty tomato cages to try and keep them semi-contained but they seem to have a mind of their own. Many are loaded with tomatoes and the rest and covered in blossoms. They are going to get interesting to pick!
This little guy was a surprise to me this week. I didn’t even know that any of our pepper plants survived the rainy snap we had, let another were producing already! But sure enough, we found little sweet peppers on a few of the plants this week.
My poor corn. It’s really taken a beating with all the rain and storms we’ve gotten this summer already. So far we’ve been able to prop it back up but the taller it gets the harder it is to keep it growing straight when the winds knock it down. We may have to put in a few fences like we did with the peas and beans for a little while.
We’ve been having so much fun with the goats we got earlier this month (Mabel and Abel), we decided to pick up a few more! In the picture above you can see Nelly and Daisy and there is also Betty but she was too shy to get in the picture. They are fully grown dwarf goats and have been bred so we are expecting some kid goats this fall! We can’t wait for this new little fun adventure.
Now since it is the 4th of July I thought I would end this post with a picture of some lovely “Amber Waves of Grain”. We are lucky enough to get to look out over this field each day and watching the waves roll over the field when the wind blows.
I’ve got a little challenge for you….I want to see your garden too! For the next edition of Fun on the Farmstead Friday I would love to see lots of pictures of Little House Living’s reader’s gardens. There is a gift certificate involved! Send a picture of your garden and the name of your state to [email protected] If your picture is featured in net Friday’s post you will be entered in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, my very favorite place to get all my garden seeds! Make sure to send in your pictures by Wednesday, July 9th so I have time to get them added to the post!
There isn’t a Friday deals post today because we are out of town and celebrating the 4th of July in my hometown but don’t forget to enter our Friday Giveaway! This week I’m giving away my summer must have, Redmond First Aid Clay.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!