Monday on the Mountain

It’s been a long day on the mountain, Mondays usually are. I started the day around 4am, the dogs began to stir around 4:10am and we all hit the bottom of the steps and were in front of the coffee maker by 4:15am. As the coffee brews, I dish out dog treats to the my pack: Marley, Gunner and Boomer. I’m at my desk by 4:20am and writing in my journal. This goes on every Monday and every day. Around 5am, I head outside with the dogs to feed the chickens and let them outside to their run.

We’ve been getting a consistent four egg day for the last week now. Miss Lucy finally figured things out and stopped dropping her eggs from the roost.

The strawberries are losing their blooms as the fruit develops. I’m so excited the plants look really good this season. I’ll have plenty of fresh strawberries, enough to make our own preserves this year.

The irises have bloomed over by the what I refer to as the ledge garden. Our house and land is on the side of a mountain and there is plenty of ledge around here.The sun was setting the other night and shining on them making them look even more delicate.

After spending the morning dictating and editing my book I’m writing, I drove to Agway in Plymouth, NH to get more bags of soil. I need to cover the potatoes I have growing in the grow bags. I also stopped of at Flowersmiths and picked up some flowers for the planter boxes out front. Tuesday will be planting day and I have plenty to plant since I haven’t planted the peppers that arrived the other day. This is how you lose plants, by waiting too long to get them into their containers or beds. I also should mow the lawn which has grown ridiculously long in the last two weeks.

Oh good the sun went down, I can go out and close the hens in their hen house for the night. The dogs and I take our last walk outside, but we have to wait until after sunset; the chickens like to be out at sunset but go inside on their own shortly afterwards. So once they are put to bed and the dogs have been walked, then I can go to bed, so that I can do it all over again tomorrow.

Homegrown Harvest Photo Share – Show US Your Gardens!

This week’s Homegrown Harvest Photo Share is Show Us Your Gardens! Gardening season is kicking in as the temperatures warm up. This week’s theme is gardens and we’d love to see photos of your hard work and beautiful gardens!

If you want to join in and share your garden photos, simply make your own Show Us Your Garden post and use the tags: Homegrown Harvest Photo Share, garden photography, gardens… Be sure to include a pingback to this page, here’s the link to use https://yourhomegrownharvest.com/2020/06/11/homegrown-harvest-photo-share—show-us-your-gardens/

Our Three Sisters Bed with Corn and squash – I have to seed the beans

Theses are some photos of our garden from the other day. Things are coming along nicely and we just had a nice soaking rain last night which the plants always love. I still have much to clean up and have been filling the potato sacks as needed. I should be done in a few days and then I can seed some zinnias on top perhaps.

Potato sacks around my firepit of strawberries and marigolds
The eggplant looks happy
Perennial bed with strawberries and asparagus
looking towards the chicken run
Tower Gardens

Happy Gardening!

Homegrown Harvest Photo Share – Carrots

carrots with marigolds

Welcome to this week’s Homegrown Harvest Photo Share where the focus is on carrots! We love carrots and love seeding the garden with a variety of carrots. Since we’ve been growing in raised garden beds are carrot have been much easier to grow and couple them with marigolds since they emit an enzyme that protects plants from root eating nemotodes.

There are so many tasty varieties to choose from when seeding your own carrots. Some of our favorites include Purple Haze, Giants of Colmar, Little Fingers, Romance, Merida, Mokum, Sugarsnax and Yayas. But we are always trying and adding new varieties every year.

Purple Haze + a Little Finger

Carrots are high in carotenoids which is antioxidant compound making them a healthy snacking option and since they are so tasty, especially homegrown ones they are easy to get children to eat. Back in my day, Bugs Bunny was the big advocate encouraging kids to eat their carrots by nibbling on them ver and over again while asking “What’s up , Doc?” Raw or cooked, both ways carrot are very healthy for you. Cooking carrots makes some of the nutrients more easily absorbed into your system. Three medium carrots contain 60mg of calcium, 586 mg of potassium, a little magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin C. As well as, 30,000 IUs of vitamin A, 15,000 units of beta-carotene and 6,000 units of alpha-carotene and 5g of fiber.

One of the fun things about growing carrots, besides pulling out a successfully grown carrot, is finding perhaps some funny or strange shaped carrots. But no matter the shape or size, a homegrown carrot tastes like carrot contrate versus the carrots avaible in the supermarket.

Now that’s a carrot Bugs Bunny would enjoy!

We hope you will join in our Homegrown Harvest Photo Share this week or in the future. We love to see other people’s gardens and harvests. Happy gardening!

Homegrown Harvest Photo Share – Marigolds

We are obsessed with marigolds for all the good they do in the garden above and below ground. This week’s Homegrown Harvest Photo Share theme is marigolds!

Marigolds are important in the vegetable garden. They are flowers that work on a duel level – emitting an enzyme in the soil which deters root eating nematodes and above the soil their fragrance attracts beneficial pollinators including hoverflies, lady bugs and parasitic wasps. Some of the varieties which work best in the garden include French marigolds, Tagetes patula which comes in a wide variety of colors. The African marigold, Tagetes erecta is taller than the French marigold and has larger flowers. Gem marigolds, Tagetes tenuifolia are small compact mounding variety which has more leaves than flowers. Then there is Mexican mint marigold Tagetes lucida which when cooked mimics the flavor of tarragon. All in all, there are upwards of fifty varieties of marigolds.

Many people however, confuse or mix up Calendula Calendula officinalis also known as pot marigolds for marigolds. Calendula does not help the soil in the way that marigolds do but have delicious edible petals. Marigolds are edible as well but they don’t al taste the same or good for that matter. Mexican mint marigolds (Tagetes lucida), French marigold (Tagetes patula) and Gem marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia)are tasty additions to your culinary choices of edible garden flowers.

So show us your marigolds by creating your own own Homegrown Harvest Photo Share post and create a pingback which links back to this page and share your post link in the comments section. Check out the link for future Homegrown Harvest Photo Share Themes

Happy Gardening!

Monday on the Mountain

It was very eggciting around here. Earlier this morning, two of our four hens started laying their eggs! We are first timers so this is so eggciting. Sorry, I can’t help myself — I’m eggstatic though! I am thrilled to walk outside and see my plants growing and ripening to produce which I can eat, particularly when I pull out carrots that would make Bugs Bunny’s eyes bulge. But this was on a whole new level of excitement, wonder and awe for me, a born and raised city kid. Finding those first eggs in the nest this morning was incredible! Wait, that sounds for familiar — it’s the incredible, edible egg. Now I get it!

Our first two eggs