Early Fall Gardening

We’ve been harvesting tomatoes left and right. We’ve gotten a little bit of zucchini.  It’s funny how you plan for the year and things just grow how they want, with no regard for your planning. Last year I was overrun with zucchini and yellow squash, so this year I grew one plant of each.  They have not done well, so I’ve gotten 2 zucchini and it’s already October.  With the amounts of rain we had this year (and it’s not done) the garden has been a little hit or miss for some things.  Here are some newer pics of our garden:

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Some of our many tomatoes
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Some very tiny cherry tomatoes. These are very tasty, and super prolific. I even had some sprout from last year’s lost broken tomatoes (I call them rogue tomato plants).
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Some of our purple tomatoes. I thought these were Black Krim, but as I had others ripen I think these darker ones are actually blue beauty. I remembered Black Krim having a lot of green and these don’t.
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The largest pumpkin I’ve grown, shown between my feet. These were supposed to be pie pumpkins. This is more jack-o-lantern size.
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Another view of the pumpkin.
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A nice sunny sunflower. This grew in my yard (not in the actual garden bed) , in an area that didn’t get mowed this year. The chickens didn’t eat it before it had a chance to grow either, so that was lucky.  I think the deer have stayed clear of my yard with all the dog and chicken activity.
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The ducks enjoying a nice day in the back yard.
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Here is our garden at the end of September.
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Another view of the garden, from the porch.
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Another large pumpkin. This one was hanging from our fence but I picked it so it could finish ripening on the porch. I like how the leaves look still attached here.
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Downey checking out the porch. There are other pumpkins behind him.
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A bumblebee on a sunflower.
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A view from inside the garden in early October.
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We finally are getting some cauliflower heads! I had given up, but then a few days ago I saw a white head. I tied the leaves up on the plant, like you’re supposed to. A day later I found another of my plants has a head, so I did the same thing. This is my first year growing it.
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A pretty sunflower.
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Here are the rest of the tomatoes. We are supposed to get down into the 30s tonight, so I got spooked and figured I’d rather bring the large ones in. It was a little dark when I picked them, so there may be others out there. These will ripen on the table. There are still a ton of cherry tomatoes outside.
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Another Bee on a bright red sunflower.
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A butterfly on our zinnias. There has been a lot of bee and butterfly activity on all the flowers lately – I think some are getting ready to migrate somewhere, or store up food for winter.

The garden is starting to wind down a bit.  We still have a lot of stuff to harvest, but most of it will be ok if we get frost.  Carrots and beets are still getting larger, and I have some Kale to pick.  We also have peas and beans, but I’m letting those dry on the vines. I’m hoping I get enough peas to make a little bit of pea soup.  I usually don’t let them go that long (they are so yummy picked earlier) but I want to give it a try.

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Late Summer around the farm

We’ve been up to a lot this last month – it still just keeps raining way too much, so everything tends to be sopping wet.  Some veggies are finally starting to produce/ripen. I’m hoping the rains don’t hurt the harvest – I’m worried about tomatoes splitting. Oh, and we’ve also already had frost warnings – some areas near me actually had frost a week or so ago, but we lucked out at the house and didn’t get any frost.  Here are some pics from the last few weeks:

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The garden mid-August. You can see the soaked muddy ground here.
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Another pic from mid august.
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We found a visitor in the garden. He was huge! I wish the picture had turned out less fuzzy.
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Here are the chickens coming to see if we brought them any treats.
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A bubble – my son got a bubble wand from a birthday party, and we took some photos.
potatoes
Here is about half of the potato harvest. We harvested the last 4 (out of 8 or 9) bags. We really didn’t get a lot – I will try a different method next year (and keep the plants away from the chickens) – the food bags didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. I think we planted more seed potatoes, weight-wise, than we harvested.
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A fuzzy picture of our raspberries. I put them in a couple years back, and finally got a decent crop, BUT they don’t taste like raspberries. One berry had a hint of raspberry flavor. I’ve tried letting them ripen more but those just rotted, so it’s not that they’re not ripe enough. I’ll have to research this variety more. They are good, just not what I want them to taste like.
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Our first ripened tomatoes of the season, on one of the cherry tomato plants.
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Early Girl tomatoes – these are the next to ripen – this pic is from a few days ago but I noticed one is a little pink today.
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Black Krim tomatoes. These will get red on the bottom when ripe. They keep this nice dark color on top.
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Blue beauty tomatoes. They are more of a purple tomato when ripe.
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Some beautiful Zinnias.
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Another Zinnia.
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A question mark made from potatoes – my husband set these up, using this silly shaped one we got.
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A large pumpkin waiting to ripen. It’s supposed to be an 8″ pie pumpkin variety, but this one is a bit larger than that.
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Here is a smaller pumpkin.
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We sold some hens today – our 3 year olds and a two-year old. We’re trying to bring our food bill down for the coming winter. Here the ladies are waiting for their ride this morning. We now have 22 chickens (20 hens and 2 roosters). And 3 ducks.
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I took this really nice picture tonight – The sunflowers have some really nice flame colors.

Thanks for checking out our late summer pictures. Hopefully this rain will let up a bit and we’ll have a nice fall harvest.

Zinnias and Garlic!

I harvested some wonderful garlic tonight.  Here are some pics of the harvest, and of the plethora of flowers in my garden.

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Here is the garlic – it’s a little dirty still but it looks wonderful. I harvested 24 really nice bulbs.
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This is the second time I’ve grown garlic – last time I just bought organic garlic at the grocery store. This time I ordered actual garlic bulbs. It made a big difference.
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Some Calendula and nasturtiums. The flowers I planted in the garden really look nice this year.
melons
I’ve de-purslaned the melon area – there is still some growing in between the tomatoes, and I’m sure I haven’t seen the last of it here, but it looks a lot better.
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Here is a sunflower head. This was just under my head level, so I’m sure it will get a lot taller before this flower finishes forming.
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Some herbs and cauliflower.
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Marigolds! I love these, but I’m really starting to enjoy my zinnias…
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More zinnias. I planted a big mix and they are really delivering this year. They are all different.
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Here is a close up of one.
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Another zinnia.
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A really nice yellow one.
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Here is a nice shot of some of the greens and flowers on one side of the garden. I’m really happy with the flowers this year.
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Another shot showing more flowers.

A walk around the farm …

I took a walk around the property yesterday to see what flowers are blooming.  I took some pictures of what I found, and of some other features on our property.  I also put in some new trees today! I hope you enjoy the photos:

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These are in our yard – My mom planted them years ago, and has told me before what they are. I can’t remember the name though. These are some of my favorite flowers that come out each year. They’re like little purple fireworks.
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Here is a daisy. These grow all over the place.
Lupines
Here are some lupines. We brought a couple over to our yard from another yard years and years ago, and it must have been that a lot of other people did too. These grow everywhere now between our house and town (about 15 miles away).
Thimble Berry Flower
Here is a Thimble Berry flower. I have seen a lot (and large) flowers this year, so I’m wondering if we’re going to have a good crop. The plants are wild and grow across the street. I’ve tried to transplant them to our yard but they have not taken. Thimble Berries are delicious.
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Here is the back view of our Across-The-street part of our property. When I was a child, my parents had goats fenced in here, but now I call it the “fern Jungle” – I’d like to reclaim it at some point, and put some more gardens and beehives in.
The hall
Here is a better view of the “hall” – our old building. It’s just an old storage building that is starting to fall in. We are planning on someday taking it down.
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A view of our house from across the street. Our property is on both sides of the road.
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And here are our new trees! We pulled them from across the street today. Some were growing behind the hall in the woods, and a few were growing right next to the hall.  They look a little sparse but I think with more room they may grow better.
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There are 6 trees – a few are spruce, and there are two that I think are Eastern Hemlock.

 

 

July Flowers

A lot of things in our yard are in bloom right now – we have many different wildflowers, and I planted some flowers in the garden that are currently in bloom.   Here is a tour of the flowers in our yard this month:

Here are some Snapdragons and Pansies I have growing in a barrel on our porch.  I've never grown snapdragons before. They are very colorful.
Here are some Snapdragons and Pansies I have growing in a barrel on our porch. I’ve never grown snapdragons before. I like them, they are very colorful.
Here is some yarrow that is growing next to my not-yet-bloomed lilies in a barrel.  We have some wild (like this one) and some that I believe my mom said she planted that comes in different colors.
Here is some yarrow that is growing next to my not-yet-bloomed lilies in a barrel. We have some wild (like this one) and some that I believe my mom said she planted that comes in different colors.
I am not sure what these are, but they grow on the side of our house and they are pretty.
I am not sure what these are, but they grow on the side of our house and they are pretty.
I'm not sure what this is, it's a wild daisy-type flower that grows in my yard.  The plant is about 3-4 ft. tall, and these flowers are about the size of a quarter.
I’m not sure what this is, it’s a wild daisy-type flower that grows in my yard. The plant is about 3-4 ft. tall, and these flowers are about the size of a quarter.
Here is one of my marigolds.  I have a few of these scattered in the garden, and in some flower barrels on the porch.
Here is one of my marigolds. I have a few of these scattered in the garden, and in some flower barrels on the porch.
One of my Calendulas, now in bloom.  This is the first year I've grown this, I really like the flowers.  They are very bright.
One of my Calendulas, now in bloom. This is the first year I’ve grown this, I really like the flowers. They are very bright.
One of our many hollyhocks.  We have a tiny hollyhock "forest" near our side door - my mom planted some years ago and they keep coming back each year.  There are probably 10-12 plants, and this is one of the first to bloom this year.
One of our many hollyhocks. We have a tiny hollyhock “forest” near our side door – my mom planted some years ago and they keep coming back each year. There are probably 10-12 plants, and this is one of the first to bloom this year.
A large Mullein growing in our asparagus patch.  This is a medicinal plant, and it's probably about time to harvest it - I need to do some research on the proper method of doing that.
A large Mullein growing in our asparagus patch. This is a medicinal plant, and it’s probably about time to harvest it – I need to do some research on the proper method of doing that.
These clematis grow near our rose bush. Our first spring here, I stole their support fence for a different spot, because I didn't know they were growing there.  They are in an area where the grass gets really tall, so that is what is supporting it at the moment. I plan on giving it better support here soon.
These clematis grow near our rose bush. Last year was our first spring here, and I stole their support fence for a different spot, because I didn’t know they were growing there. They are in an area where the grass gets really tall, so that is what is supporting it at the moment. I plan on giving it better support here soon.
Here is my Black Eyed Susan Thunbergia, growing up my fene.
Here is my Black Eyed Susan Thunbergia, growing up my fence.

Thanks for checking out some of my flowers.

The garden is growing…

What a difference two weeks makes! I love watching my plants grow – it’s nice to look back at pictures of what it looked like a few weeks ago.

The left shows my garden on June 24th, and the right is my garden today, 7/12/15.
The left shows my garden on June 24th, and the right is my garden today, 7/12/15.

My plants are doing really well in the garden.

Here is my corn. The older batch, shown here, is just over a foot tall now.  I have some on the other side of the garden that I planted 2 weeks later, when I noticed that the original seeds I tried to plant didn't take.  Those are about 6 inches or so now.
Here is my corn. The older batch, shown here, is just over a foot tall now. I have some on the other side of the garden that I planted 2 weeks later, when I noticed that the original seeds I tried to plant didn’t take. Those are about 6 inches or so now.
Here are my brandywine and beefsteak tomatoes.
Here are my brandywine and beefsteak tomatoes.
Here are my black krim tomatoes.  I have not tried these, they are supposed to be an almost black / purple tomato that tastes really good.
Here are my black krim tomatoes. I have not tried these, they are supposed to be an almost black / purple tomato that tastes really good.
A sunflower that somehow ended up in the corn rows.  I don't care, I love sunflowers. I must have dropped a seed while walking in the garden.
A sunflower that somehow ended up in the corn rows. I don’t care, I love sunflowers. I must have dropped a seed while walking in the garden.
A mystery squash.  Could be a zucchini, yellow squash, or acorn. I'm not sure yet. I lost track of where they were planted with my efforts of re-seeding in empty spots when seedlings died.
A mystery squash. Could be a zucchini, yellow squash, or acorn. I’m not sure yet. I lost track of where they were planted with my efforts of re-seeding in empty spots when seedlings died.
A calendula plant - it's forming a flower. I'm excited, I haven't grown these before.
A calendula plant – it’s forming a flower. I’m excited, I haven’t grown these before.
More sunflowers. These ones were planted on purpose.
More sunflowers. These ones were planted on purpose. The taller plants on the lower left of this picture are Amaranth.
My beans are doing really well, and are starting to climb the strings I put in to support them.
My beans are doing really well, and are starting to climb the strings I put in to support them.
The artichokes are doing well also.
The artichokes are doing well also.
Here is one of the pansies I put in amongst the vegetables.  This one has really pretty coloring.
Here is one of the pansies I put in amongst the vegetables. This one has really pretty coloring.

I really enjoy seeing my plants get bigger.  Thanks for taking a look.

What’s happening in our yard – June photo tour

Lupines - we have these growing near our mailbox, and they are growing across the street as well. When I was a kid, there were some at only one tiny spot in the area I live in. Now they are in ditches along the road all over the place.
Lupines – we have these growing near our mailbox, and they are growing across the street as well. When I was a kid, there were some at only one tiny spot in the area I live in. Now they are in ditches along the road all over the place.
Here's a new flower - I don't remember these from last year.  I don't know what it is but it's pretty.
Here’s a new flower – I don’t remember these from last year. I don’t know what it is but it’s pretty.
A purple flower. It reminds me of a balloon flower (maybe that is what this is.)
A purple flower. It reminds me of a balloon flower (maybe that is what this is.)
Our pink peonies. My parents planted these years ago and they are still going strong.
Our pink peonies. My parents planted these years ago and they are still going strong.
These barrels are on our porch. Last year I tried to grow beets and carrots here, and nasturtiums. The Nasturtiums did ok, but my son found out they were edible and kept eating them. I planted a bunch of different flowers in them this year, along with some herbs.
These barrels are on our porch. Last year I tried to grow beets and carrots here, and nasturtiums. The Nasturtiums did ok, but my son found out they were edible and kept eating them. I planted a bunch of different flowers in them this year, along with some herbs.
Here are some more barrels, just off our porch. My mom planted lilies in them, and they've slowly stopped producing. We got one nice lily last year. I divided them and put them in only one barrel (the right one here) and the left barrel has other flowers.  Echinacea and black eyed susan and others.
Here are some more barrels, just off our porch. My mom planted lilies in them, and they’ve slowly stopped producing. We got one nice lily last year. I divided them and put the big bulbs in only one barrel (the right one here) – there is also a yarrow growing in it;  the left barrel has other flowers: Echinacea and black eyed susan and others.
Here is some lemon balm growing in one of the barrels on the porch. It smells so good.
Here is some lemon balm growing in one of the barrels on the porch. It smells so good.
Here is our back yard. The leaves have filled out on the trees.
Here is our back yard. The leaves have filled out on the trees.
Our side yard with the rose bush. The roses are blooming now.  At the nearest post, I have a wisteria planted. It's about 5 inches tall, and doing well.
Our side yard with the rose bush. The roses are blooming now. At the nearest post, I have a wisteria planted. It’s about 5 inches tall, and doing well. It’s inside the little round cage you can see at the base of the post. I don’t know if deer eat wisteria, and don’t want to chance it.
Some pretty flowers along our house. Wild Daisies and some kind of yellow flower - not sure if that was planted or if it's wild.
Some pretty flowers along our house. Wild Daisies and some kind of yellow flower – not sure if that was planted or if it’s wild. The white/green variegated leaf plants are “snow on the mountain” – they have taken over a lot of the flower beds and we are trying to eradicate it.  It’s even growing at the edge of the woods now in spots.
Here is my son's tiny garden.  He wanted his own space, so I gave him some seedlings to plant.
Here is my son’s tiny garden. He wanted his own space, so I gave him some seedlings to plant. He’s got tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and flowers. And Mint.  He’s excited about the mint because he can eat it right from the garden.
Here are my chickens in their muddy nasty run. I'm going to have to fix that, possibly sooner than I was planning. It's driving me bananas.
Here are my chickens in their muddy nasty run. I’m going to have to fix that, possibly sooner than I was planning. It’s driving me bananas.
Hello! Here is one of my Brahma chicks.
Hello! Here is one of my Brahma chicks.
This is my tiny rooster. As he is growing, his comb is getting wonkier. The back portion is attached to his head off-center, which adds even more to the floppiness of it.  He's been really mean to the other chicks lately.  Maybe they make fun of his goofy comb.
This is my tiny rooster. As he is growing, his comb is getting wonkier. The back portion is attached to his head off-center, which adds even more to the floppiness of it. He’s been really mean to the other chicks lately. Maybe they make fun of his goofy comb.
Here is my white brahma, which I actually think is a "Splash Brahma" - I love his/her coloring.
Here is my white brahma, which I actually think is a “Splash Brahma” – I love his/her coloring.
Here's one of the blue spruce I planted this spring. It's about 5 inches tall. It's going to take a really, really, really long time to get as big as I want it - I have it in the front yard as a screen to give us privacy.  It's not doing its job very well. Someday...
Here’s one of the blue spruce I planted this spring. It’s about 5 inches tall. It’s going to take a really, really, really long time to get as big as I want it – I have it in the front yard as a screen to give us privacy. It’s not doing its job very well. Someday…
Here is one of my elderberry trees. I have two (you need two to get fruit so they can cross pollinate).  I have put this near my blue spruce so that I actually get the screen I want in a more timely fashion.
Here is one of my elderberry trees. I have two (you need two to get fruit so they can cross pollinate). I have put this near my blue spruce so that I actually get the screen I want in a more timely fashion. These are fast-growing.
Here are some of the remaining forget-me-nots.  We had tons of these earlier in the year, as splashes of blue all around the woods and the edges of the yard. When I was a child, these only were growing at a camp two houses behind our house. (We have two camps behind us, it was at the back one.)  I moved back and discovered they grow all over our yard now. I love them.
Here are some of the remaining forget-me-nots. We had tons of these earlier in the year, as splashes of blue all around the woods and the edges of the yard. When I was a child, these only were growing at a camp two houses behind our house.  I moved back and discovered they grow all over our yard now.
Here is a giant mullein plant growing in our supposed-to-be asparagus patch.  Mullein is a great medicinal plant so I'm letting it stay. This thing is about 3 feet tall right now. The big leaves are 1 ft long.
Here is a giant mullein plant growing in our supposed-to-be asparagus patch. Mullein is a great medicinal plant so I’m letting it stay. This thing is about 3 feet tall right now. The big leaves are 1 ft long.

I hope you enjoyed my photo tour. I like my yard, and watching the changes it goes through during the warm months.

A hot day in May

It got to 89 degrees on Thursday here – I wandered around the yard taking pictures.  Here’s a nice photo tour of our yard – Spring is in full swing.  It was 89, and next week they are saying we are supposed to get some snow showers – I think (hope!) it will just be mixed with rain and not actually stick to the ground.  We’ll see; it’s the U.P. after all.  Sigh…

Our yard is greening up nicely.
Our yard is greening up nicely. We need to get the mower out soon.
Daffodils in the woods.
Daffodils in the woods.
More daffodils in the woods behind our house.
More daffodils in the woods behind our house.
This is the mystery plant from my Leeks post last week - they are now getting yellow flowers.  I still don't know what these are - if you know, please leave me a comment.
This is the mystery plant from my Leeks post last week – they are now getting yellow flowers. I still don’t know what these are – if you know, please leave me a comment.
Another one of the mystery flowers - they grow in the woods.
Another one of the mystery flowers – they grow in the woods.
Our willow tree in the front yard.  The trees are all getting buds now.
Our willow tree in the front yard. The trees are all getting buds now.
My garlic is doing well - I planted this last fall.  This is my first time growing garlic.
My garlic is doing well – I planted this last fall. This is my first time growing garlic.
This is supposed to be an asparagus patch.  My mom kept it as one for a long time, but it stopped producing. It's surrounded by narcissus, which are not blooming yet, and need to be divided.  So far my asparagus that I started last year has not appeared again, although we have a rhubarb (on the right) and a large mullein growing here (on the left).
This is supposed to be an asparagus patch. My mom kept it as one for a long time, but it stopped producing. I replanted it last year.  It’s surrounded by narcissus, which are not blooming yet, and need to be divided. So far my asparagus has not appeared again, although we have a rhubarb (on the right) and a large mullein growing here (on the left).