Monday, May 25, 2015

In My Garden

May is such a fun month in the garden. Everything is being planted and transplanted, the garden beds still look relatively tidy, and I get to use my creative energies.
Boos (on the right) has a new friend and they play in the garden together. They hide and jump out and pounce on one another. It's pretty adorable.
 Last night they were taking turns tunnelling under the plastic I put out to protect my plants from hail (which never came!).
We've been having thunderstorms everyday for over a week, except for last night, when we were on a sever thunderstorm watch. Go figure. The clouds are building up again this afternoon, though!

 The tomatoes have been planted against the house for a little while now.
We've even got a few fat little tomatoes starting! (I started the seeds back in February!)
 The raspberries are all leafed out.

 My forest garden is starting to fill out a bit. There is an apple tree and a cherry tree, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, and the essential comfrey.
 In this bed, we have beans growing and I am going to add my quinoa seedlings to it once they get a bit bigger. The sparrows ate all the quinoa that I planted early in the season and then my husband accidentally weeded out my second sowing (they look like lamb's quarters). I feel like I am doomed to never be successful with quinoa!
 This bed has a pumpkin and two butternut squashes, some dill, onions, and garlic, and some parsnips on the the far end.
 Zucchini and sugar pumpkins in this bed.
 More strawberries (hopefully they'll spread and fill up the rest of this bed).
 Broccoli and beats.
 This is my dye garden (it's so mini and cute!). I'm growing woad in here.
 Do you see the little celtic knot carved into the wood? So fancy.
 Kesten's sunflowers are growing in his garden.
 Our willow house is growing leaves now!
 And I planted some peas at the base of each willow shoot, and they are growing fast.

 You might not be able to tell, but that is my wheat. I planted it much thicker this year, by broadcast sowing, so it is not in rows.
 And here is an overview of the yard! The garden around the chicken coop has been planted and is doing well (it just looks really messy right now) and I planted a wildflower garden around the right side of the chicken coop extension.
How is your garden growing?

Friday, May 22, 2015

These May Days

And May has been flying by just like that! There's a lot to catch you up on, so fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

I made cream cheese for the first time.

I think it was even easier than queso blanco. I am going to a second cheese making course next weekend and am very excited to try making brie and feta.

We've taken our new canoe out a couple of times on the lake and it is so much fun! I'm excited for the possibilities that this opens up for us.

My parents came for a week-long visit and it was so wonderful to have them here. The week didn't last long enough and I miss them :(
My dad brought his rocket and Kesten was very excited to watch it.

But a little tentative of the loud noise it made...
Gramps also brought him a glider and Kesten dragged him out to the park several times a day to try it out.

 A mama fox is back and she has kits!
Cedar turned one! And she devoured her cake!
This picture really cracks me up.

 My dad made her a rocking moose for her birthday! The perfect gift for this little Northern baby.
And he made an easel for Kesten!
Aaaaaand he made a moveable greenhouse frame for my garden! (Busy guy, that Gramps.)
The greenhouse has four frames that are removable and interchangeable with four chicken wire frames. So it can double as a chicken run in the summer when the greenhouse isn't needed. Isn't that cool?
We threw a little party for Cedar on the weekend, dandelion themed. The cake was a dandelion cake with cream cheese icing (homemade cream cheese). It was delicious, if I do say so myself. I really want to make it again before the dandelion blooms disappear. 

 Cedar's other set of grandparents made it just in time for her party and we had a very nice, albeit too short, visit with them.

 My chicks are almost seven weeks old now and quite big! This is a Salmon Faverolle male in the front. I have to find "homes" for them soon.
 And here is one of my Salmon Faverolle females.
 Look at that beard!
 And my little olive egger pullet. I think this one is my favourite.
 This week we went to our friends' new place. There is a pond there. See that black in the water? Those are tadpoles.
 Yup, hundreds of little polliwogs.
Whew. That is most of what has been happening around here. I'll have to post soon and show you are painted lady caterpillars. Three have already formed a chrysalis, one is close and the fifth is not quite there yet. Very exciting stuff! Pictures will follow.
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