So, what is in our straw bale garden?
- 15 tomato plants (all but 3 are paste tomotos to be made into sauces, catsup and chopped.)
- 4 Cayenne Pepper plants. I will dry the peppers for use throughout the year.
- 6 green cabbages
- 6 purple cabbages
- 6 broccoli plants (there are six more not yet ready to be planted out)
- 6 cauliflower plants
- 6 celery (with 6 more in the wings for round 2)
- a 4 foot row of butter beans (Ken's favorite)
- a 4 foot row of bush green beans
- a 6 row of sugar snap peas
- a 6 row of flat peas. These are actually planted one on each side of a support net.
- a 6 foot row of butter crunch lettuce
- 12 collard plants
- 12 kale plants
- a 4 foot row of sorrel
- a 4 foot row of winter crunch lettuce
I hope to also have a fall garden with some root veggies and things like cabbages surviving under row covers well into December.
As things are harvested, if we can't eat them, I will blanch and freeze or, in the case of kale, sorrel, and collards, dry and add to soups and stews all winter.
Oh, and the purple hands? Our Spring has not exactly been dry. Soggy would be a better descriptor. As a result, my poor sheep have been standing on damp ground since December and their hooves (really just toenails) have grown and become very soft due to the moisture. As a result, there seems to be a touch of foot fungus when I looked at their feet last weekend. Ken helped me upend them today so I could clip their overgrown toenails and while they actually looked pretty good and free of fungus today; I took the precautionary step of spraying their newly trimmed feet with Blue Cote (it's a fungicide and also a treatment for wounds). As usual, I managed to get more on myself than the sheep so now both of my hands are dark purple and no matter how hard I scrub, the stuff just doesn't want to come off. I"m hoping it will have at least faded by Monday when I go back to work.