Summer Garden

Our summer garden is now in full force! We’ve got so much planted and growing around the house. We aren’t quite done planting yet, but we are getting close! We are all getting very excited to watch our plants grow and of course for when it’s time to harvest.

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Above is my tiny little sprouts garden! I got to plant a little handful of the seeds for free at the Earth Day festival in Norman. It’s been so fun watch them sprout up from seed and poke up through the dirt a little more each day.

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Here is our tomato plants! Dad has a special affinity for the tomato plants, so usually we refer to them as Dad’s tomato plants. Pictured here is: one cherry tomato plant, two Cherokee Purple tomato plants, two Black Krim tomato plants.

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Above are pictures of our big main garden! Naturally our property does not have fertile dirt. At all. It is clay. So, this year, after an unsuccessful garden last year, we finally decided to replace the clay dirt in the garden, with 5 loads of fertile soil. It is part compost, part sandy loam, part manure. It is doing tremendously better than the clay. Of course.

Here we have planted: yellow and purple onions, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, beets, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, a cantaloupe, yellow summer squash, banana peppers, and yellow and orange bell peppers.

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Above is our compost pile turned into a garden! Planted here are 5 more tomato plants, and 6 strawberry plants. The strawberries are doing tremendously well. They are supposed to be June bearing, but we have already gotten a good little harvest from them. Last year we planted our strawberries in an actual strawberry planter. They were not too successful and the ants devoured them. We decided to go ahead and turn our compost pile into a garden this year because we are planning on moving the location for our compost pile and extending our main garden over.

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Above is one of our 6 strawberry plants. We’ve got several strawberries on their way to becoming ripe! So exciting!

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Here is one of our 2 peach trees! Every day they are growing more and more! We’ve got several little peaches growing on each tree!

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See! LITTLE FUZZY PEACHES! They’re so precious!

Below is my baby. It looks a little gnarly, but I am growing to accept it. Here I’ve got: mint, parsley, oregano, chives, and lavender. All of these survived the harsh winter. The mint and oregano especially. They are taking over a little bit, but they are extremely healthy and fragrant. Our plan is to start pruning and drying the excess that we aren’t going to use right away. We’ve also got two basil plants, dill, and celery growing next to this garden.

Our apple tree has a lot of new growth. Our blueberry bush has lots of buds, we just need to buy it a partner bush so the blooms will actually produce fruit. Our two lemon trees are doing great as well. We’ve also planted a lot more flowers and trees around the house. The roses and irises are in full bloom as well.

Our next plants that we will be planting will be: another blueberry bush, a plum tree, ginger, garlic, asparagus, more celery, and possible potatoes.

We are all getting super exited that our home is becoming more sustainable and self sufficient each day.

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