Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

and it begins

It is official.  After fertilizing liming and tilling the garden it had finally been planted.  The yard is starting to look in order.  The mowing and weed eating is caught up for now.  All of the trees have been trimmed except for the apple trees.  I need to rearrange and move some of my perennial bulb beds, and determine where the new blueberry bushes are going to go and we are about set.  For now any how. 

So far this year we have planted onions, cabbage, horticulture beans, banana peppers, green peppers, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers lettuce squash and rhubarb.  We still need to get some sweet potatoes and beets in the ground.  This years garden is going to contain a greater variety of plants then what we normally plant.  We welcomed our daughter into the world in April and have to plan for her eating in the fall.  So we need to grow vegetables to make her food as well. 

I have been debating moving part of the strawberry patch up here on our land.  Our 16 year old grows them as part of his 4-H project and keeps his garden at his grandmas house since there was more room for his garden there. I also need to start the herb garden.  This means I need to till up two additional sections of the yard to accommodate these additions.  Hopefully if I get this done it will also allow room for some sunflowers and a vining fruit like watermelon or cantaloupe. 

The lemon tree took a pretty hard hit from the late freeze we had but it is coming back strong and full of new growth.  Some of the house plants didn't fair that well.  The ones that did make it have found their summer home on the porch or patio.  We have started a few pots of annuals and even started a container of lettuce on the back patio.  The blackberries and raspberries look to be in full bloom and if all goes well we should have a great harvest in a few months.  Lots of jelly and maybe even some wine, if we can pick enough.  Hopefully the elderberries do good as well.