Baking is serious business. The more I watch Stacia develop skills, the more I think she really may open a Christian cafe as a community hub. I can see it happening.
Michael had mentioned needing to get a big, dead spruce out of the yard before CyRi's wedding. We have about 11 more dead spruce trees to get down. We took 5 down last year. Josiah commented, "Let me know when you want to take that tree down and I'll help you...."
I hadn't been in the garden for 10 days...what with crazy prep week and then being gone last week. I decided it was time to get into the garden and see what I needed to get done. The animals love gardening.
|Dash LOVES kale|
|Our little flock|
We have been debating adding some more reds to the mix. They are great layers. These gals aren't producing much - but enough to keep our little family in eggs. The girls don't eat eggs, the boys aren't home for breakfast...Michael and I rarely eat eggs...Grandpa loves eggs for breakfast...and we bake a lot. We aren't sure that we need to increase the number - the flock was twice this size a couple of years ago. The thing is we know that some of these will begin to die in the upcoming year....and it would be nice to have mature layers when that begins to happen.
ANYWAY - I was about to give a garden update. I was AMAZED how quickly the garden had grown. We got a late start - Mid June....but we've got a few good sized cucumbers.
This was my first lasagna bed. I have 4 other lasagna beds planted. It is clear that things are growing BEST in them....
For instance these beans.....
...were planted the same day as these beans....in one of the beds begun the traditional way...with garden soil. I see the same with the Kale in the two beds. They both get the same amount of sunlight.
And teeny, tiny asparagus.
The cheddar cauliflower didn't work. The old standbys are forming up nicely.
I only planted 3 squash plants this year...as opposed to 12 - 15 last year. I have 5 little zucchinis. The yellow squash doesn't' have blossoms yet.