Saturday, July 26, 2014

the bounties of July

July has a way of embarrassing one with its generosity. There's almost too much to take in.
This month we've been focusing our energies on bringing the driveway garden out of its jungle state (despite the ridiculous insects that plague every living thing here this year.)

Making use of much of the felled pine by renting an industrial strength chipper shredder to make wood mulch,

Jerome honing his chain saw skills, Phil standing by with encouragement

Jerome walking miles and miles with the walk behind mower to collect grass clippings we would normally mulch with the riding mower, and rearranging several beautiful perennials as we go, it is about 75% complete. What was once just a vision in my imagination is becoming a reality, with everyone's help. There was absolutely no way I could have tackled this on my own.
Photos of the finished bed to be shared in time.
Our fruits and vegetables are coming on strong and our broody hens are finally getting back to the outdoors after a long "vacation." Our menus include much that is as local as it can be and we're loving it.
As July moves closer to slipping off the calendar I try to take mental snapshots of her bounty since I'm too disorganized to take many actual photos.

The meadow and roadsides are exuberant and never fail to take my breath away. All we have to do is stand back and let Nature do her thing, always trying to do no harm. This is how she thanks us.
And so together, our family and Mother Nature, we are making this little bit of the Earth our home.


  1. I wish I was with you Sharon enjoying your place on earth. I have been a bit discouraged this July as many of the things I have grown have been eaten by slugs, snails and caterpillars. I don't have a big plot of land so I don't have the space for many crops but at least my tomato plants are doing splendidly this year. I look forward to seeing more photos of your lovely farm. You are now eventually reaping what you have sown. :)

  2. What is it with the snails this year? It sounds they are plaguing everyone, wherever we live!
    Thank you, as always, Sharon, for sharing your gratitude with us.

  3. I am so happy to see that your dream is becoming a reality, Sharon! Your photos are beautiful, and your words paint pictures in my imagination that are full of abundance and fruitfulness! It looks like there is a lot of hard work involved, but so worth it, it seems! Good to see your post today!