Four Years at Johnny’s Garden

Another year has rolled by and its time again for what is now the traditional annual slideshow.  I hope you enjoy watching half as much as I enjoyed making it.

Four Year Anniversary Slideshow

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Goings On

Things have been pretty laid back on the farm recently.   We put a good day in on the garden over Mothers Day weekend and everything is planted with the exception of corn.  Aside from greens and chard there isn’t much to harvest and not a whole lot to do but wait – and weed.

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Probably the Only Flood of 2013

Or, irrigation gone slightly awry.

Most excellent! Say ducks and geese, great for the front yard, ok for the garden and merely a temporary inconvenience for the chickens.  But poor Atsili hates to have his toes wet.  It’s been a hard week for him.



Sorry ‘Sili, life’s tough all over.

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After the Long Winter

So, lets just say this is a seasonal blog.   I’ll admit that I’m not interested in doing much of anything in the winter and then I can quit feeling guilty and procrastinating and just get on with whats happening now.  Thanks for understanding. 🙂

Life at Johnny’s Garden was pretty quiet and mostly uneventful over the winter and if life isn’t perfect the green of spring certainly helps make things better.  It feels good to feel the sun again.

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Summer Insanity

It’s been awhile since I’ve brought you any news from our little farm, mostly because we’ve had an avalanche of apricots  and  it takes every second from sunup to sundown to keep up,  leaving very little time or energy for blogging.   I can generally be found buried beneath a pile of apricots slowly digging my way out.  It’s turned out to be a good season and as usual we are scrambling to make hay while the sun shines.  I’ve put up a pretty good stock so far and am still at it (these pictures were taken last week.  I’ve doubled this now) I think all total I have 30 quarts of halved apricots processed, approx. 40 jars of jam plus one last batch in the crock pots, 6 gallon bags of puree waiting for me to turn it into leather and still a freezer full of cherries and apricots waiting their turn.   The good part about the upcoming pear and plum harvest is that it will be nothing compared to the apricots.


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Summer: Proceeding as Anticipated

Wow, have we got a lot going on!  Which is exactly what I was expecting right about now.  Things are good.  The garden is good, the animals are all good, the humans are good if a bit crazy, it’s all good.  Just busy.

I don’t have any pictures to show you of the garden right now, but I’ll try to remedy that, maybe even this evening if I can get out of the kitchen long enough.   We have green beans about ready to pick and we’re picking our first squash.   Yes we’ve got squash bugs but we’re managing to stay on top of them, so far.  Our accidental cucumber plant is producing nicely.  The first planting of corn is up and off to the races, ditto with quinoa and potatoes;  we’re eating chard regularly, tomatoes are flowering and melons are looking like they are thinking about it.   Only 5 or so of those 50 okra seeds I sowed germinated and that may be a good thing.  So.  You know, things are coming along right on schedule.

Way back in May I canned 200 jars + 3 gallons of mulberry syrup.  That was a lot.  A few weeks ago we picked the cherries and I pitted and froze them.  I’ll make them into something.  Eventually.  Right now its raining apricots and it will be several weeks before that flood recedes enough that I can feel like I’m not drowning in them. All of that is also perfectly predictable and right on schedule.

That’s it from for now from our little corner of the world, how about yours?

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Getting a Handle on This Life

This weekend I said to Don “it feels like we’re finally getting a handle on this farming thing, its starting to work for us”.  And it is.  Suddenly the work we’ve done over the past three years seems to be bearing fruit.  It feels like we’ve turned a corner.  The potential has always been easy to see, we just had to find a way to harness and nurture it.  And we have!  We are! Loving  this land is feeding us as we feed it.  The work isn’t over by any means- there is still more to do than I want to thinking about – but there is  harmony now and the work is easier for it.

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