In the Country (photo heavy)


Chanta-lot was a lonely rooster


we got the chicken pen done


and got some honeys for him




& nutty… the cukoo marans


dulce….the mixed game


& henny…. the auracona>

she’s already giving us BLUE eggs!


Chanta-lot was Soooo happy


the garden is growing

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maters for sammiches


maters for canning


pimentos & green peppers


yellow squash


acorn squash

acorn squash

butternut squash

butternut squash

red plum jam made today!

redplum jam


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    • RiaD on June 29, 2008 at 6:13 am

    since these were taken we(mostly mrD) have installed a drip irrigation system… we hope to oneday catch rainwater from all the roofs (sheds, barn. house)& use it for irrigation & for household use also….

    • Robyn on June 29, 2008 at 6:21 am

  1. Oh…yeah…where did it all go!?

    • Alma on June 29, 2008 at 7:13 am

    You must have a green thumb.  Your peppers look a little ahead of mine.

    I didn’t know domestic hens laid blue eggs.  How strange.  I bet Chanta-lot really has a lot more to crow about now. 😉

  2. Thank you for taking the time to share the pics (which are

    great!!).  How in hell do you find enough hours in the day

    to get it all done???  You’re simply amazing  😀

  3. You HAVE been busy.  That’s a nice healthy garden.  Soon you will enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.  

    Chant-alot is a charming fellow.  Looks like he’s going to be busy too.  😉

  4. Fresh eggs…yum…I didn’t see the blue one, though.  Thanks for the great pics.

    • Mu on June 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Well, not me, well… yes, me, but I don’t have a spread like yours in my immediate life at present*.  No, I wanted to share a friend’s diary from last week, “Country Cat’s“, whom I first e-met over at orange and who’s now a mainstay over at “Left in Alabama”.  When I saw and read your’s, I immediately thought of CC’s.

    And, by the way, CC, and I, and a couple of others will be at the DNC live-blogging for Left in Alabama.  While “Mooncat” and Mr. Mooncat (aka “Herding Old Cats” … I have no idea what’s up with all the cat thing) will be at Netroots Nation.  Mooncat is the founder and WebDecidernator of Left in Alabama.

    Come visit sometime.

    Mu . . .


    *I’m a neighborhood-in-a-city-dweller for the present, but the family has a “spread” down in the Deep Southeast.  Did do some farming on it back in the day (as a teen my bushel of bell peppers won First Prize at this festival, back in ’80), but for now it’s just many dogs and cats.  My first summer job (from age 13-16) was picking tomatoes.

  5. That is one beautiful, very labor intensive, very well weeded garden.  It is not like the one I have: chaos.  In mine many of the inedible weeds are petitioning for asylum and we’re carefully evaluating their applications.

    You are way, way, way ahead of us.  I’m in the hills SW of Lenox, MA.  We have peas and swiss chard and kale and flowers on the tomatoes and cukes and squashes.  That watermelon is about 4 weeks ahead of where we are.

    We used to have chickens, but we also had foxes.  Now we have only foxes.  If we had a pen like yours maybe, just maybe, we’d still have barred rock chickens.

  6. I can always count on you to be just wonderful. Sorry if that is a burden to you.

    Thanks for showing us your little garden of eden.

  7. I’m impressed and inspired. Thanks for sharing your piece of country. Although I live in the city on a standard for Portland 100 by 50′ lot I have embarked on turning my yard into a food producing little dynamo. We’ve also unhooked all our down spouts as in this rainy place all the rain water goes into the sewer system and causes the Willamette River to flood with sewerage. It’s already a super fund, and everyone is incouraged to disconnect and route the water into the yard.

    Were installing a French drain in the back that empties into a dry well which will become rain garden. In the front we unhooked and installed rain chains.  They are beautiful and you can put a barrel at the base for water retention. Have you ever considered this method of collecting and using the water.


    Were really doing a lot of work but no food garden in site yet. So I am vicariously harvesting yours. I like the chair in the garden picture. Your throne? it’s the best part watching the plants grow after your through providing them with what they need. I had to come inside yesterday as we hit 100 degrees and I’m working in a west facing yard. Nice to transit back to the net with your great pictures.


  8. This is thoroughly delightful!  Thanks for letting us come into your garden — it’s wonderful!

    It’s all a lotta’ work (I know, used to have gardens myself), but it is so fulfilling in so many ways.

    Wonderful pictures — layout!

    • kj on June 29, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    awesomeness.   (and i too loved the chair)   thank you.

  9. Guessin’ your essay reply time is pretty full today but sometime, perhaps you’ll tell me about blue eggs, with (I hope) yellow yolks 😉

    You stirred up some fond memories with this, mom used to do alot of canning. I think she called it ‘putting up’. Something my wife still does with me but without the Ball jars.

    Beautiful garden, btw!

    • geomoo on June 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    It seems that, like my wife, you pour your inner beauty out into your garden.

    Chanta-lot is a great name for a rooster.

  10. I have a big garden too this year – and grow a lot of the same stuff you do.   Squashes, pumpkins, melons (I grow sugar baby too) and (of course) zuchini seem to do particularly well for me. You should try the french heirloom pumpkin, Rouge D’Etamphes – it’s dark red-orange and shaped like Cindarella’s carriage.  Lot’s of fun for the grandkids.

    I hope I’m not having a second bed year of tomato wilt.  I moved all but one to a different part of the garden and found the one (I always plant one there) by the garden gate in full wilt yesterday after our first big rain in weeks.

    I’ve been sorry to read that you’re taking the recent dust-up here so hard and hope to see you’re still around.

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