Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Around the Homestead"

After tending to the inside of the Homestead, I ventured out into the heart and soul of it: The Garden. I looked around to see what needed to be done and did a few things here and there. First, I checked on the progress of the produce:

The cantaloupe before:

The cantaloupe now:

If you look closely, you can see various tendrils hanging from the vine. How exciting. Also, small buds are appearing as well.

The watermelon plant also seems to be faring well: To the right is a close-up of a little bud that is breaking through.

Here is one of the surviving Sweet Potato and Collard plants:

The tomatoes continue to grow:

My peppers are growing tall like crazy: You can see the buds that will soon open to flowers and then peppers.

If you use your imagination and look real close, you can see the one bud that is coming up where I planted the zinnias and marigolds.

All in all, things are looking good in the "Garden-Stead".

Some other observations I made in my yard is the need to save to get someone to cut down some trees. After the last storm, this branch broke off.

We have had a huge tree fall down during a bad storm before. I don't know if it is clear in the picture but it lying down and rotting. When the men were clearing the property directly behind my house for a tract of 236 homes they cut it into several pieces.

From this spot to the darker trunked tree in the background is also a part of our property line. If I could afford to have some of the trees cut and the land cleared, I could extend my garden back here. Or if I was zoned, I would have 1 cow, 1 rooster, 6 chickens and 2 goats. I know, wishful thinking. Hey, a girl can dream can't she?

I forgot to add this picture to the entry of the day before. This is how the tent looks with the window open and the protective cover taken off: Quite the makeshift greenhouse.

And last but not least, here is a photo my one farm animal: Pumpkin in her "Pup Tent"

 Get it? Pup Tent...she's a pup, that's her ten.... Ahhhh, Shaddup!!!!






lifes2odd said...

Wow! Everything is looking really great! I'm so glad to hear some of your flowers are coming up. A bunch of my zinnias just popped up today too, the marigolds have been sprouted for a while now. I think the tent will make a great greenhouse!
I love the photo of Pumpkin too, so cute! FM :-)

dbaumgartner said...

Your plants are doing very well and I know you have to be so excited each time you go out to tend to them.  Good stuff!

Pumpkin is just adorable