Summer seems to be in full-gear around the farm!
This is what I’m talking about!
Finally, my clothesline is up and in business! Four lines about 25 feet apart! All the rain kept us from installing this for far too long now, but it felt great yesterday to hang laundry and again this morning. Sometimes people wonder why anyone would bother to hang clothes out to dry anymore. I can understand the question, but it’s the wrong question.
Why not hang out your clothes?
It’s great exercise, it clears your head to get outside during your day, the laundry smells wonderful afterwards and saves energy. I’ll do it every chance I get.
With the rain finally behind us, for now, it’s been a full-court press to get the garden in and chores finished. I’ve enlisted the help of my dad, who is one unbelievable gardener. I’m quite certain that he could grow a tomato right out of a rock….seriously.
For the last two days, we’ve been outside in the hot sun, working to get the gardens weeded and seeds finished. I can’t remember a year when it was June and I was still planting, all of the crazy weather around the nation has kept many of us gardeners cooped up far too long.
I noticed that our mulberries are already coming in (above), we have about 10 trees on our property. I’m totally excited about making jam and freezing them again this year! Mulberries are the ultimate in foraging for me right now, because they are so readily available. As I learn to identify other native plants on our property, I look forward to using them as another food source and medically when applicable.
This bird bath was left with the property and it’s been nothing but a source of irritation for me, quite frankly. Regardless of how I position it or balance it, it would fall down. Yet, it occurred to me that my garden could benefit from the presence of a bird bath! Birds aren’t a threat to what I’m growing in my garden, on the contrary, they can be my plants’ advocate.
Birds eat bugs, lots of them. Keeping the bath about 2/3 full with fresh water will keep the birds coming. Dumping the ‘dirty’ water directly into my garden soil is fertilizer. Win/win!
I really believe that the way to a high-producing garden is consistent fertilization. It is possible to over-fertilize with commercial products. Using natural and organic fertilizers like bird poo, animal manure, human urine and compost, which are all free and at your disposal and discretion. Building your top soil over the long-term will reap many happy harvests of the years to come.
A couple of snapping turtle mamas have come to our creek to lay eggs, as they do every year. One of my favorite parts of Spring is watching all of our little animal “families” making homes and creating their next generation.
However, instead of laying her eggs in the creek as expected, one of the snapping turtle mamas decided to lay her eggs right in the center of my “big crop” garden out back. Rats! Now what?!
After a quick google search, I learned that snapping turtle eggs gestation can take 3-4 months. What I haven’t determined yet is how long “mama” will hang around. I don’t mind the eggs, I just don’t want to have a chunk of my ankles taken out! Growing up in Florida, I am well-acquainted with how aggressive these turtles can be.
What a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors and the cycles of animal life. What kind of critters are invading your yards? I would love to hear about it!