Summer Garden Behind the Scenes with Chickens, Bugs, and Constructing Wooden Tomato Stakes

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The summer of 2020 has proven to be our best garden year ever. We are having a blast trying new things and learning to improve some things we've done in the past.

Garden with Straw

This is a section of our garden with straw laid down to be used as mulch. Pictured above are tomatoes, peppers, basil, radishes, spring onions, and cucumbers.

Garden with Straw - Cucumber Plant Full Grown

The cucumber plants got huge! The mulch helped to protect the fruits as they grew, so that they did not rot on the ground or get overgrown by weeds.

Summer Garden Tomatoes

Pictured above are our pepper and tomato plants, and we started to grow some oregano in between the beds.

Summer Garden Basil

This is some beautiful healthy basil! MMMM! It smells so good!

Zucchini Plant On Vine

We've got zucchini coming in!

Summer Harvest Farm to Table

A nice little harvest. From backyard farm to table! 

Tomatoes Fresh Farm to Table

Looks like the beginning of lots of fresh salsa!

Squash Zucchini Fresh Summer Garden Meal

This was a delicious medley of buttery, sauteed, zucchini and summer squash, with a heavy dose of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. 

Radishes Summer Fresh Farm to Table

Radishes, pulled up straight from the ground and rinsed off. 

Chickens Backyard Garden - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

Here's one of our rooster guys!

Backyard Chickens Foot With Tags - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

He was getting a tag put on his foot for easy identification. 

 

Wooden Stakes in Garden - JM Construction

Josh at JM Construction made some phenomenal wooden stakes for our tall growing tomato plants! 

Garden Stakes Summer Garden - JM Construction

 Look how tall they are! And, yes the tomato plants will get that big!

Wooden Garden Stakes - JM Construction

 Thanks for your hard work Josh!

Indoor Plants - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

Inside, the house plants are getting some good sunshine!

Winged Bug with Long Body and Tail - Maryland

We find these interesting creatures all over the yard at certain times of the year. Does anyone know what they are?

Winged Bug with Long Tail and Long Body - Maryland

This is another one that looks slightly different, as if they are a type of molting bug, or one that transforms into something different. Drop us a resource in the comments if you know what this insect may be.

Feathers from Chickens - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

Chicken feathers can be a valuable resource for art projects. We collect them regularly and are saving them up to make a large dream catcher. 

Feathers from Chickens - Backyard Garden - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

Once collected, we wash them with castile soap and rinse well, then dry.

 

Feathers from chickens - Backyard Garden - Maverick's Attic Vintage Co.

Collecting feathers is a simple, sustainable, and spiritual aspect of our practice that we find very rewarding.

Thanks for Viewing!

We are having a great year at our homestead. Thank you for joining us!

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Cheers - Hallie 💗

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