The little plot behind the house is ready, now called the Farmhouse Garden and the large berm garden is almost ready. There is grass growing thickly in everything. I guess with the grass fields surrounding the houses, it does make sense that the seeds would come on the wind and root everywhere. Now, if only the planted seeds do as well.
One dilemma is how to keep the dogs out. The Farmhouse garden is fenced, though the chickens go through the fence and the bantams just fly over, so netting needs to be established. First I will get some bamboo poles and attach them to the fence posts then put the 7 foot high netting up and attach it with zip ties. For the Old Garden, I will stick the bamboo poles in the ground and attach the netting. No one around here sells bamboo poles. If I was more patient, I would go collect willow poles and I may still do that, but a quick drive to the Wal Mart at Cold Lake should help and I will also pick up some baskets there, since they are the least expensive. I did get two baskets with black petunias, my favourite this year, at Sobeys, which is an IGA store.
Once the netting fence is in place, hopefully tomorrow, the planting can begin. The seeds were ordered from an Alaskan seed grower and are no more than 90 day crops, most being heirloom varieties. I got some Medalta crocks the other day and the plan for them is fermented pickles: carrots, cauliflower, cucumber and radish. The carrot crop was terrible in the hard soil last year. Some amends have been made, so it hopefully will improve the crop. I love gardening. It is just finding the time to do so along with all the other projects on the farm, like painting the out buildings and lawn furniture, to name just one. But that is what a busy life looks like, the life I so chose and enjoy very much. Won't you join me?