This is a different view then I usually share. This picture was taken by my son from the top of the goat pen hill. I climbed this hill. Once. Once was enough. I really have no clue how the goats can run straight down this hill. The first building at the bottom of the hill is the goat barn. The next building by the big tree is our shed. And that’s our van in the driveway. You can’t see it in this picture, but the creek goes in between the two buildings, from left to right. When I say we live in the hills of Kentucky, I mean it. The top of the goat pen isn’t even at the top of the hill. Our house is in a little valley, before the hill goes up on the other side. Which means the sun doesn’t shine on our house until about 10 in the morning. But we also miss the pretty sunsets because of the hills.
Our dog Shadow will greet you at the bottom of the hill where he lives by the goat barn. He’s an Australian Shepard.
We have a ton of tomatoes in the garden. Here’s a sample. No red ones yet, but we’re really looking forward to them. I’m really surprised my husband hasn’t picked any for fried green tomatoes. For a northener, he really likes his fried green tomatoes. lol
The cucumber vines decided to travel to visit the tomatoes. It’s nice how our veggies are friends. 🙂
The green beans are coming in heavy now. We’ve eaten some and they are delicious. My husband helped my prepare some for canning tonight. We canned 7 quarts. That was just from today’s picking. We actually had enough for another jar or two, also.
The yellow squash is doing well.
The zucchini are still growing. We’ve gotten a lot of them. I have the dehydrator filled again tonight with diced zucchini. We did lose one plant in a recent storm, but nothing else was damaged.
I ventured out to the garden for a little weeding on Thursday night. There are a few small areas we didn’t cover with cardboard or newspaper. The beets being one of them. It’s been so hot, I haven’t been able to be outside working. So the weeds were a little tall. *ahem* While pulling the weeds, I accidentally pulled a beet. They haven’t gotten very big. I would love to get enough to can a few pints. We shall see.
We built a new compost bin Thursday night, also. By we, I mean them. lol My son, with a little help from my husband, built it out of old pallets.
And then our son started filling it with gold from the goat barn. lol Looking forward to using some of that gold in the garden. 🙂
I really like this planter that my husband assembled in the front yard. The only thing is, he put it too far under the butterfly bush. It doesn’t get enough sun. He planted it with the kids and they didn’t read the packages to check the height of the plants. lol But we still like it and have gotten a few flowers on the plants. The two bottom tiers on the left have blooms right now.
Here’s a close-up of the pretty little pansy in the bottom pot. Love it!
Now that you’ve seen my gardens, what’s in your gardens?
Here are a few websites I found interesting and helpful this week:
The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs
How to Preserve Basil
How to Grow Pot Mint Basil Indoors
Herbs for Healthy Chickens
Solar Food Deydrator from old refridgerator video
Edible Plants: Nettle
Wooden Chicken Feeder
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