Sunday, June 5, 2011

The garden tour; I love "Country living"

I LOVE the relaxed "no-schedule" days of summer. I have been waking anywhere between 5:00 am and 5:30 am for the past month; today was a bit of the same. The DIFFERENCE.....I got UP today at that time instead of tossing and turning in bed until the alarm goes off at 6:00 HOPING that I would get some final ZZZ's before needing to start my day. It's a-MAZING what all can be accomplished in a day when the day starts that early instead of waiting until 10:00 am. HOW did I ever sleep that late as a teenager???

So, after reading blogs and enjoying a cup of coffee, I was downstairs by 6:30 sewing away. And by 10:00, when DH headed outside to work on the gardening/planting some more.....I JOINED him :0) Afterall, the blocks are nearly finished....I SHOULD be able to get this finished and delivered on Thursday (**crossing fingers Jody!!!**)

Gardening: 10:00 - 2:30;
snack & "rest-out-of-the-sun" break: 2:30-4:00
Dinner: 4:00-5:00
More gardening: 5:00-7:00 {{Paul is still outside as I type}}

The final results......Here's the tour of our "gardens"....

Apple trees in the distance taking up the corner spot of our land. In the foreground is the new pig-pen (left) and a new patch of raspberry bushes (right).

The left side of the "lower garden"; housing the spreading plants of pumpkins, watermelon, squash, gourdes.

The right side of the "lower garden"; housing 143 potato plants, some carrots & onions, and three "mini-gardens" that the girls will be taking care of this summer. The space between the left and right (pictured here) will be 8-10 rows of sweet corn that yet has to be planted. SOON!

Here is Paul cultivating and mulching the new blueberry patch. In the background is another plot of sweet corn. Yum.

Our four pear trees in front of Paul's truck here were just planted last spring. Two cherry trees in the foreground, but sadly the one of the left is mostly dead. Not too sure how these will fair now.

And here is the upper "main" garden that I will be spending my time with this summer. Just ignore that patch of weeds in front of the fence. Sadly, it's not just a patch of weeds---there are strawberry plants in full bloom buried in there, trying to breathe.

Our house with a nice deck for entertaining.....NOT that we ever really have anyone over enjoying the view, though. I was standing on the deck taking pictures of all the lower plots.

Since I had my camera, as I headed back in I got a shot of the lilacs that are just reaching full bloom right now.

So....there's the "Skattebo Ranch". ......ummmmm....."Skattebo Farm"?


Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Aren't you worried the the pumpkins, squash and gourds will cross, planted near each other like that?

Amanda said...

You seem to have a huge amount of space. I think that in the UK we'd call it a small holding. Are you largely self-sufficient?

Ellen said...

Wow - what a fabulous piece of property. How in the world will you find time to quilt??!!

Me and My Stitches said...

It all looks wonderful. You will all keep busy with that big garden this summer. Fun family times!

scraphappy said...

Nice tour of the family farm. It is easy to forget how very different things are from place to place. Quilt is looking great it should be done liety split. Ahhhh love the "lazy" days of summer.

Dee said...

That's a LARGE garden to take care of! My parents had a large garden when we were kids and I remember having to go out there in the summer to weed it. Of course in my recollection it was always like 110 degrees. I don't know if that's actually true though.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Amy

I am in awe of your gardens. I was going to say lucky you are but I know it's not just luck it's a whole lot of hard work to get where you are.
After reading your blog for some time I have finally gotten round to creating my own. Love you to pop over and visit somr time.
Taupo NZ

Alycia said...

I defineatly think that counts as a farm!!! I will be over soon so you can entertain me on the deck!! Can you set up a sewing machine out there? What a beautiful place!