Last year was not the best year for my garden. I battled hauling in water to the homestead and an onslaught of moles. This year I expect a 180-degree transformation. The well is pumping out crisp clean water and I finally finished putting raised beds in my garden. As all the sprouts begin to fill the area I am struck by aw as I watch my labor of sowing display just a portion of what I will reap in the coming harvests.
These raised beds have a hardware cloth bottom that will keep the moles from digging under my plants and eating them from the roots up. They are filled with a 50/50 mix of rabbit manure and organic garden soil and the plants are loving it! The honey bees are also enjoying the garden area as it makes water highly accessible for them to cool the hive down as we approach daily highs in the mid-eighties.
I placed a small raised bed with a variety of herbs at the lower part of the garden so that they would have a moderately cool and shady area. I added some blueberry bushes in pots on each end. And in one of the larger beds, I placed my sun-loving tomatoes and peppers.
This space on my homestead has become one of many of my favorite places to sit back and relax with a cold beer or fresh cup of coffee. I have put a lot of time and effort into the garden space and it brings me so much joy to see it coming to life. There is something to be said about working hard with your hands. I hope one day this hard work becomes the only job I need.
One of my aspirations for my garden has been to get a fig tree. The reason behind this is that our local “Meat Shop” sells this amazing goat cheese with fig, slivered almonds and honey drizzled over it that I am completely addicted to, I could eat an entire tub of it for lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next morning and still want it the next day. If you have been following this blog for any amount of time you will know that I have dairy goats and plan to make my own cheese, yogurts, and butter from their milk next year. Add the handful of beehives we have and you are almost to this cheese magic! So now that I have a fig tree all I need to make this delightful cheese is an almond tree or two. *Doing a happy goat cheese and fig dance*
So what are you growing this year? What zone are you in and what have you had the best luck with in the past? Do you consider yourself a brown or a green thumb?