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Kitchen Garden

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The Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden is the heart of a farmstead. Ours is 60ft x 60ft area surrounded by buildings and good 6 foot fence as we live in a deer and bear area. It has a south exposure with deciduous shade trees to the east  and west  for good sun in the winter and some shade in summer, also notice the most important part to the lower right.

There is a chicken vault below the solar water panels.  Somewhat noisy  and smelly but very handy. Weeds and waste from kitchen to feed the chickens and eggs for the kitchen as well as manure for compost for the garden from the chickens. As we live in a hunting area of fox, coyote and raccoon we need a varmint proof vault to keep the chickens in.

As you can see this is a late fall picture and much of the growth is dead from nearly 3 weeks of frost.  Even so there is much going on in growth and food for the winter even under the coming snows.

Winter food, carrots, turnips and cabbage

Winter crops of turnips,  carrots and peas as well as winter cabbage in the back ground will be welcome this winter even in the snow

Sawdust from the sawmill to fill the pathways and keep down the mud and help to create more soil.

Leeks and garlic need to be planted now for early spring as long as they are planted deep to protect the roots from freeze heaving

We are at 2200 feet elevation in the northern california sierra foothills so it does get cold and snow but generally not for long periods so a winter garden is possible.   😎   pg

Ants! ; see Ant killer  below in comments…pg

16 responses to “Kitchen Garden

  1. P.G. Sharrow December 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    A number of errors on creating this post , need to recreate this and improve it. 😎 pg

  2. Pascvaks December 29, 2011 at 6:28 am

    The light blue drums? Planting for selected items? At first I thought, before blowing up the pics, that they were connected to the solor panels and designed to increase the ground temp. Do you have a greenhouse or use a coldframe in your neck of the woods? How’s the topsoil layer around your area, with all those trees and hills(rocks), can’t imagine it’s probably very thick and you have to work at ‘growing’ it too?

    (More questions than a kid, well life is a circle, right?;-)

  3. p.g.sharrow December 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    @Pascvaks; Yes, at the start the top soil was thin and very poor, even weeds grew poorly! By scrapping the soil together I had about a foot wide bed per 4feet at 8 inches deep. After 15 years the beds are 12 inches deep, 24 inches wide on top and the weeds grow very well. The blue drums were to get 24 to 30 inches of soil and a gopher proof container. these also serve as an anchor for the ends of the bed and increase the planting density. They are a pain in the rear for tilling. The subsoil is an ancient volcanic mud flow, about 80 feet thick and full of rocks and ash beds that floated in the mud flow. Some is as hard as old rotten cement. As to the green house, we have a dug into the ground greenhouse that I need to do a post on. The picture of the hammock was taken from the greenhouse roof. pg

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  7. H.R. June 30, 2018 at 5:21 am

    (Still wandering around your site, p.g.)

    You didn’t mention parsnips. We always had parsnips, left in the ground and covered. Mom would send me out in the winter to dig some up when the various canned goods were wearing thin on our taste buds.

    Mom would slice them about 1/8″ thick and the fry them in butter until they were crispy and golden on the outside and tender on the inside. It’s surprising how sweet they are. The sugars along with the butter made them taste like caramel. Yum!

    You did mention turnips in your garden. I can recall only one year where we planted turnips. I like them, but I was just the farmhand so I did what I was told. My guess is that mom had had enough of them when she was young, but sometimes you just have had enough too much of something good and it doesn’t matter if you ever have it again. I think turnips were that something for mom.

    I like how your garden is surrounded. I had a transformer and wire that I ran around the perimeter of our garden (100′ x 100′). The main garden vegetable predators were raccoons, and the electric fence was effective at keeping them out.

    Oh! The American Quarter Horse Congress has an annual event that has been held forever, and continues to be held, in our city. One year, the week-long event encompassed Valentine’s day, which was on Saturday that year.

    Mom sent my brother and me down to the barns with a trailer to get a couple of loads of horse manure to spread on the garden. We were back at the house with a load, shoveling away, and just started laughing really hard about how we were spending the Romantic’s holiday aka Valentine’s Day; shoveling horse s**t! We had dates that night and even after showering, we were pretty sure there was a lingering whiff of the fruit of our labor.

  8. p.g.sharrow June 30, 2018 at 10:44 am

    @HR; planted parsnips here once, they are good for improving crap soil. Nobody seemed to want to eat them. I do plant beets and carrots for winter digging. After 20 years of building this soil it is a nice garden area. That fence near the hammock is now a boxwood hedge. Nearly a fourth of the garden is in strawberries at present. Wow! lots of strawberries this year. Way too many! After 12 years of not enough berries to fill a big bowl, this year I am picking 100 oz. a week of freezer bags full of ready to cook Strawberry.( Over a gallon of fresh berries ). And after 6 weeks they are still producing well. Too many for my needs. A Large patch of Giant Thornless Blackberries, in an outside the garden area, is ready to start harvest this weekend. It will also be way too many for our needs. maybe 30 gallons. I really need more friends 😉
    Ah yes “shoveling shit” manure as much to clean the pens as to build the soil. When I was 10 my father set me to cleaning out a cow pen, in the early spring. It was still soupy, about knee deep to me about 12 x 20 feet in size. Gave me a flat shovel and wheelbarrow and said to spread the manure on the adjoining pasture. Took me nearly a week of after school working as well as most of the weekend to complete the job. Glad he wasn’t mad at me, 😉 this was just a chore assignment. Surprise! found a railroad tie deck under all that crap. The cleaning out of that pen made prepping the cows for milking a whole lot nicer chore and there was an improvement in the pasture growth that summer. Growing up and living on a farm with livestock means there is lots of shit to shovel. I am told that that ordure is the smell of success. Mostly it just sucks…pg.

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