What’s a Farm Without a Garden?

You’ve heard me go on and on about the chickens, chicks, eggs and everything feathered and cheeping.  This is a ‘chicken blog’ after all.  But I’ve spent very little time talking about the experimental garden we planted this year.

I think I made one post earlier here… or it might have been on Instagram.

Anyway… my DH built me two garden plots out of old railroad ties and filled in with top soil.  I wanted something a little taller, so I wouldn’t have to bend as much to weed and stuff but the whole concept of a raised garden is lost on him in someways.  This was close to what I wanted, though.

We planted green bean bushes and carrots in one plot and then an experimental plot with things my children like to eat – Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, celery, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

The summer has been so-so.  Not enough rain and too many hot days.  The celery is iffy and only one broccoli is doing anything worth talking about.  The cabbage and Brussels sprouts are flourishing, though, as are the green beans.


The carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes are all on a wait-and-see basis.  I’ll let you know how they turn out – if they turn out – when the time comes.

8 thoughts on “What’s a Farm Without a Garden?

  1. Not everything came up in my garden this year either. And there are some “volunteer” plants that came up again that I’m letting grow since what I planted didn’t all “do its thing”. Mine can mostly be blamed on a late start due to very cool spring and very cool early summer, followed by a temperature roller coaster that left my plants confused. Your plants look good and the green beans look yummy! Mine are just now starting to go from blooms to beans so maybe early next week I will get the first picking?

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    1. It’s hard to plant a garden in early spring when you’re still getting snow and rain. That really did us in, too. I’m just glad we’re getting something to show for it, if not what I hoped for.

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  2. Looks good! Our Green beans are going crazy too. We still have many frozen from last year left over. Any food you can grow on your own is a prideful experience. 🙂

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  3. I’m having a great bean year too. What variety did you plant? Not single carrot seed I planted sprouted. I seeded some more today along with some lettuce and a radishes and some bush peas. We’ll see if any sprout and mature by the time frost rolls around!

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    1. I am not sure what variety of beans but try bush type, not vines. The broccoli is starting to do better. I noticed 3 more plants getting heads on them. I got 4 more bags of beans to freeze today so I am happy.

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