I went out and made some pictures of how things are now. Mulching of all this area will be done later today.
View of the Backyard Farm
Green onions with weedy blackberries in the background. I've got to clean that out.
Little lettuce plants on the haybale bed.
The last of the Sweet Olive tomatoes. They just keep making. I can't pull them up.
Mick, the rooster, and Miss Flopsy watching over it all.
We don’t have that big of a yard. But we manage to produce quite a bit of food. I’ve always had tomato plants and such as that. But this year we have really concentrated on bringing more of the yard into food production. I will continue to spread farther into the flower beds and turn them into vegetable beds. At least I know what has gone into this. Next time I’ll take a picture of all the orange bags of leaves that I scarfed up from the cemetery near us. That’s another story.
I’ve missed a few days but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on this thing. Local supplies of milk are changing. The guy here in Newton County, Johnston Family Farms, is apparently beginning to supply Whole Foods in Atlanta and therefore not supplying the local outlets that he had been. Now I am having to rearrange my thinking on that and unfortunately travel farther to get milk. I hope as the demand increases, more dairies will open and there will be more choices for locally produced food. It is sad that those of us closest to the source cannot buy the goods here. Green Livin’ Farms produce stand has cut its hours, mostly because of the time of year I think. I need to go there next weekend and see what they have as far as fall stuff.
Thank goodness for Mary and the Denton Flower Farm CSA. She brings it right to me. Last week was wonderful. Lots of greens already coming in. I’ve got them in my garden also. I hope they will continue through the winter. I fertilized them today with fish emulsion. My lettuces are looking really good. They are still pretty small but really pretty colors. I hope they will all thrive.
The above picture is where my lettuce is growing now. This was taken right before I planted it. The haybales have been not so good. The summer crop was a complete loss. I did not keep it watered enough. I’m hoping the lettuce will do better. For one thing, we are getting more rain now. And it is easier for me to get out there when it is not so hot. I’ll post another picture soon of how it looks now. You can see the chicken pen in the far background and compost bins nearer to the haybale bed. I’m hoping that as the hay decomposes and I incorporate more compost into them, they will turn into a really lovely raised bed.