In the Garden

The garden.  It was the next task on our homesteading list, after the well.  Oh, the well.  It took so much longer than we planned and so the garden was put off much longer than we had hoped.  In fact, we're still waiting for the hand pump, but decided to go ahead with the garden in the mean time.  

Yesterday, Mike and I conceded and rented a sod cutter after spending a previous afternoon with a manual sod cutter.  {Oy, what were we thinking!} We realized that if we wanted any kind of a garden at all this year, we were going to have to rely on heavy machinery.  It took a few hours to get the hang of it, but then the job went quickly for him.  I tried to follow behind, rolling the sod.  As you can see from the photo, his task went much faster than mine.  Lets just say that today, I'm grateful for  ibuprofen, a large glass of iced tea, and my spot on the sofa.  Later this week, we're hoping to have a young man or two around to help.

While we were mowing out the garden areas, we found a patch of Ajuga.  The  bumblebees were dancing all over the flowers, so we decided to incorporate it into one of the beds.  They are known to be rabbit and deer resistant and can also be used to treat wounds.  With a bit of management, they'll be a welcome addition to our medicinal garden.

What's growing in your garden?

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