Monday, May 29, 2006

Helping hooves...

...or how can you do anything without Chappelle?

Here's the completed barn, part 1. It's all set up as Lassie's maternity ward and for storage. Next spring, or this fall even, we'll build another half, mirror-image style, making a big square.

The baby garden is coming along. So far we've picked some greens, but everything else is way too little to even think of eating. There are beets, carrots, bush and pole beans, peas, chard, spinach, onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, zucchini, acorn squash, pumpkins, lettuce, potatoes and corn. We need to make little warm hats (cloches made from milk jugs with the bottoms cut off) for the peppers and the smaller tomoatoes. Spring started off warm, but we've had lots of rain and chill and they could use a little help warming up again.

Here's a rather grumpy household member...the kitty, not the human...enjoying the rainy weather.

Now it's finally clearing up for a bit, and we got a 2nd coat of stain on the barn & mowed some of the yard. I can't imagine mowing the entire place like our neighbors do. What a waste of good grass!

The blackberry patch looks to be setting a million flower buds. Hopefully each one will ripen into a tasty berry, and we'll pick and use them all. Jam, pie, cobbler, and wine.

The ancient apple is taking the year off from producing fruit after the big pruning last fall. But we should be able to pick some of the neighbor's apples and get some from Bellewood Acres orchard. It's funny to look at all these little plant starts and baby trees, and see into the future when they are producing wonderful things for us to eat...

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