Homestead Diary July 1, 2016

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We got back from a week on the East Coast visiting the Alchemist’s family late Wednesday night. The trip was busy, with a visit to the beach and boardwalk of Wildwood, NJ. Everyone but Alpha spent a little time sick during the trip but we’re home now and getting back into our normal groove. The Alchemist is still off through the 4th of July, which is a nice treat.

The garden really surprised us during that week. Over that time hundreds of Shasta daisies and Rudbeckia came into bloom. Zucchini and tomato plants seemingly doubled in size. A “bush” winter squash variety decided to send out 8 foot vines, practically into the street. Our raspberries and cherries have come in. The cherry harvest is small, but since it’s our first from this tree, it’s quite enjoyable. They are tart but have such a nice flavor they are just fine for fresh eating. The raspberries were delicious last year. This year they are producing many quite large berries, nearly the size of commercial blackberries.

The carrots are slowly sizing up and I’ve gotten to taste my first few, and they’re quite nice for summer carrots. Snap beans are on the cusp of sizeable harvest. The few I’ve sampled raw have been tasty. Zucchini is likewise poised to inundate us.

I have not yet been out to the microfarm (I’ll get there tomorrow) but here are some more pictures from our home garden.

The ripe ones are already in our stomachs. These are LARGE.

The ripe ones are already in our stomachs. These are LARGE.

Green bean and zucchini beds coming into production.

Green bean and zucchini beds coming into production.

Calendula.

Calendula.

Sunflowers jumping up in size. They won't get huge planted so densely. Initial flowers are forming on some.

Sunflowers jumping up in size. They won’t get huge planted so densely. Initial flowers are forming on some.

Some of the 40+ comfrey I transplanted today.

Some of the 40+ comfrey I transplanted today.

The "bush" winter squash variety being decidedly un-bushy.

The “bush” winter squash variety being decidedly un-bushy.

Enormous zucchini plants.

Enormous zucchini plants.

Another gooseberry producing fruits I'd missed until one of the kids noticed them.

Another gooseberry producing fruits I’d missed until one of the kids noticed them.

This Amish Paste is 5 feet tall already.

This Amish Paste is 5 feet tall already.

Like the raspberries pictured earlier, the ripe cherries are already in our stomachs ;)

Like the raspberries pictured earlier, the ripe cherries are already in our stomachs 😉

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