The Grovestead

Farm, Family, Fun.

Month: July 2014 (page 1 of 2)

They’re here!

The chickens arrive

Got a call at 6:00AM this morning from the local post office telling me they have a cheeping box for me to pick up. I wasn’t expecting them to arrive until tomorrow at the earliest, so I had to scramble to get a temporary home set up for them. Happy to report that all the chicks made the journey safely to the Grovestead.

Garden bounty

Cucumber harvest

Harvest has begun at the Grovestead. The early season crops are prime for picking. Past prime, actually. Our cucumbers were actually too big so we had to cut out the middle before pickling. This is our first year pickling anything, and so far I’d say its going great. Becca has taken the lead, looking up recipes on the Internet and stocking up on supplies. I’m so proud of her willingness to try new things.

Becca making pickles

We went out to the garden after dinner one night this week and collected 2 gallons of sweet peas in about 20 minutes. This after  weeks of eating them fresh off the vine, and there are still plenty more to be picked. Some were pickled, some were shelled and frozen, plenty were kept for fresh eating. Fresh-picked peas are incredibly sweet.

Ivar and Elsie picking sweet peas

Shelling sweet peas

Ivar eating fresh sweet peas

For garden salads we find it easier to just uproot a whole head of lettuce rather than clipping off leaves. If we had been succession planting every two weeks, we’d have fresh lettuce like this all summer. As it stands, we’ve got about 12 or so heads left. The kale was hot pink, red, orange and neon yellow.

Kale, cucumber, and lettuce harvested for salad greens

Cabbage and broccoli growing in our raised beds

The wild blackberries have also started ripening. We have pockets of these throughout our property, and its a labor-intensive task to gather them, but there’s nothing better in the middle of January than wild blackberry jam.

It’s shaping up to be a busy month, with lots more veggies ripening soon. But it’s also a fun one (and tasty).

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