Thursday, May 3, 2012

Update for May

This may turn out a bit long since I took so many pictures this morning but here goes anyway.  We'll start with something pretty this time. This rose bush is in the back yard and usually only blooms a few blooms but this year it is putting on a show.
Here are the asparagus ferns climbing all out of their fence again. I need a taller fence and I need to plant a few roots in the middle as those did not seem to make it. I hope to have some asparagus to eat next year.
Phil was kind enough to cut back some of the lemon balm. He only cut the stuff that was growing out on the pathway (or where the pathway should be in front of it but as you can see it is reaching out to spread some more.
I actually made it down to the garden today and the one large squash plant caught my eye. I haven't gotten down to the garden this week and in just 4 days it had grown so much! It has baby squash and I took a picture but then had too many pictures and that one didn't make the cut. If they actually go on to become big squash you'll get a picture then.
My beans also came up. Now if the bugs and deer will just leave them alone maybe we can have a few fresh beans this year.
Here are some of the tomatoes and a picture of the blossoms.
 Here are the tomatoes in the baskets on the porch. There are several little tomatoes now.
Here are some of the lemons on the meyer lemon tree. The lemon tree is rather strange because it has these little lemons all over it but it is still producing blooms as well. I am trying very hard to remember to water it and the tomatoes in pots. Watering things in pots is usually where I failing every year but this tree costs too much to let die.
Here is a picture of one of the fig trees. It had figs on it but either dropped them or the birds or squirrels got them. I never seem to get any. Same thing with the one in the back yard. I believe these have only been planted 3 years now but it could be 4 years.
Here are the meat birds, growing nicely and looking nasty like always. This was early this morning. I'll get some more hay in there when I feed them and I need to take that light out as they don't need it anymore.
Here is the duckling and the bantam chicks (and one quail-I want to give them a few more weeks before I add them to the others). The duckling is growing so quickly. I will likely get a pen set up for them this weekend and get them moved out of the greenhouse. 
So I guess I will stop there. Pictures take so long to load on photobucket and I have to get everyone fed. I did get the garden watered this morning again. The rain barrel is only about a third full now which is still good for another watering. There is also water in the bucket in the greenhouse that is a rainwater catchment from the greenhouse roof.

Farmgirl Friday

21 comments:

  1. Your place looks great, Becky. Well done.

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  2. Everything looks great. It is amazing how far ahead of us you are. We don't even have things like tomatoes and squash planted yet, much less blooming and starting to grow fruit.

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    1. Well we'll see how it goes. It is always promising at first,then things start to go wrong. Hopefully not this year.

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  3. Wow, Becky - great job. You have lots going on there...

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  4. You are sooooo far ahead of us: My tomatoes are in my bedroom and my beans are in their seed packets! I get to garden vicariously through you :)
    The birds are looking great, too.
    Carolyn

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    1. Later on though mine will be done and your will be setting fruit.

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  5. So much going on and so far ahead! It looks great!

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    1. We are a little ahead even for here.

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  6. My tomato plants would look pitiful next to yours-really envious that you will soon be tucking in to your own tomatoes soon!

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    1. My tomatoes don't usually look this good. We'll see if I can keep them looking this good.

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  7. What a cute duckling!

    Very exciting to see the first tomatoes setting!

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    1. Hoping to hatch a few more. I have 5 in the incubator right now and it is keeping temperature decent for this hatch.

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  8. I don't call that a long post! Anyway, I like long posts. Yours gives a very good impression of the huge variety of things you have coming along. I especially like those wire frames for supporting the tomato plants.

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    1. You are the second person who has mentioned the tomato cages to me. I am pretty surprised because we have had tomato cages in stores here every gardening season for a very long time. Years. They are just now making them a decent size though so that they really do support the tomatoes well as long you get determinate varieties which all mine are this year.

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  9. I think most lemons produce more blooms even while they have fruit developing (mine seem to) - glad they do as it extends the lemon season considerably.

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    1. Well good. I don't mind more lemons or more of the wonderful smelling blooms.

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  10. See! I hate the stats! 183 page views for today--an all time low! I never should have looked. It is stupid to worry about these things. Yet my mind won't leave it alone "What can I do that is exciting and self sufficient this weekend?"
    And I absolutely HATE blogs like that--those that do things just for the attention (I follow a few in case they do anything interesting).
    Well, I don't know what I am going to do tomorrow but it won't have anything to do with the blog stats!

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    1. Two seconds later I have 279 posts, that was quick! Still bad, lol.

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  11. I have to ask, do you use the Ducks for meat or for eggs? I ask because the family that lives at the other end of the property just acquired two duckings and they are thinking of raising them for egg production (they have hens now). We were wondering if duck eggs taste different from chicken eggs, etc. I have to admit, those ducklings are pretty adorable, ha.

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