Monday, July 8, 2013

Garden Monday

 It's been way too long!  I hope everyone is well and good.  Life is so sweet and we couldn't miss a minute of it here at Casa de Guerra. We've been doing a lot around our house.  Adding some new trees and shrubs to the side of the house that is the most open.  This is also the side our bedroom is on and the side where the neighbor with the early crowing rooster lives.  So hopefully our new additions will help block some of the sounds 2-3 years from now.

As for the garden....The squash plants are actually pumpkin.  I love my memory and being a procrastinator who didn't actually put markers on them like I was going "to do later".  So it turned into a nice surprise when the first pumpkin starting growing.

  The upper deck got a new shade cloth cause the leaves were getting burned from so much heat and all day sun.  It's been about a week since I installed the piece of shade cloth and the plants are starting to look happy.  Finally.

The gourd plants are finally gaining height and flowering.

The cucumber are starting to grow and their fruit is no longer so grape size...they should be golf ball to baseball size.  I'm growing the lemon cucumbers that are yellow and round.  Looking forward to tasting them. 

The one broccoli plant I have is growing well.

The watermelon is gaining size finally.

 The actual squash plants are growing well also.

Tomatoes & Peppers are actively gaining size and starting to produce fruit.  The plants aren't quite as big as I'd like to wait for before letting it flower into fruit.  But, I want to eat some tomatoes so I'm not going to wait.

Our berries bushes and vines are all pretty much growing well save for some slightly scorched blueberry bushes (2 of 5 that we have).  The blackberries have been so big and juicy.  Raspberry bush is taking it's sweet time and might not produce this year as it's kind of late in the season already.  But we shall keep waiting and praying for some of my favorite fruit.

The hens are laying well and are looking forward to the move down to the smaller coupe soon.  We built it last year and put my two new hens there, with the other three original hens in the older larger coupe.  One of the two turned rooster and so he was returned to the breeder.  I have credit with them but I'm going to wait till I've got the girls moved before getting more.  The one of that group that was a hen went to live with the other two now, since one of those drowned in the rain, stupid chicken.  Then a couple weeks ago one dropped dead without any explanation visible.  So I only have two hens.  They get along well and are happy bug hunters.  They are both sensitive girls, so I'll move them to the smaller coupe, upgrade the larger and add any new hens to that.  I'm hoping soon we'll be able to afford adding a good 4-6 girls.  We shall see though.