Welcome to the Schell Urban Homestead’s end of July virtual garden tour! I was really excited when Erica at Northwest Edible Life invited me to participate in letting all you Nosy Neighbors peek over our garden fence!
Here’s how the Lazy Homesteader does the Nosy Neighbor Virtual Homestead & Garden Tour:
The first part of this tour that makes me really excited is that I’m actually documenting what the whole garden is doing at a given point in the summer. I never remember when we get the first tomato (this week! A Silver Fir Tree Russian heirloom). The kohlrabi is a giant variety that Rick’s grandpa brought us from Slovakia. It will get to be over 8 pounds and will not be woody. It also keeps great all winter, and it’s starting to bulb up to about baseball size in the last few days of July. Rick’s parents shared cucumbers with us last week and the week before, but ours have only just begun to flower.
The unexpected thing that I am loving about this tour is the truth of it. In the pictures of the onions and watermelons, you can see both the weeds I’ve neglected to pull, and the light-colored, hard clay that we grow in here in Colorado. Normally, I’d make an effort to hide both the weeds and the soil, because the shiny-happy blogger in me wants you to think that my garden is perfectly groomed and full of rich, dark, beautiful loamy soil. In fact, some people do think that. Rick’s grandparents even commented this week on how they couldn’t grow something that we could because their soil (about 25 miles from us) is hard clay. Rick and I burst out laughing. So here’s the proof. We don’t have perfect soil. This is how it looks after eight years of work amending it. And I’m glad I let it show.
Some of my other favorite highlights from the slideshow (the shiny-happy stuff):
Corn from our neighbor’s garden, actually. His corn is peeking over our front yard fence. Well, not peeking, so much as towering. We are actually sharing our harvests this year, so that is how I’m justifying including crops that belong to someone else in my garden tour. 😉
The hundreds of tiny cherry tomatoes on H’s plants make me giddy. And I can’t believe how big those two plants are. Over six feet high!
The garlic I harvested in the week before C was born is drying in the garage, and the beets I pulled a few days ago are beautiful, although we might have pulled them about a week earlier if we weren’t in new baby mode.
We’re still waiting on the first eggs from the pullets, but we are getting two or three a day still from the older hens.
I was really hoping to include a picture of our raspberries this year, but they suddenly quit producing just last week. Luckily I found something in the strawberry bed to show you instead!
Be sure to check out the other homesteads and gardens in Erica’s Nosy Neighbor Tour. Thanks for stopping by!
That’s one big ripe strawberry! We have similar soil, but the compost really helps here (as well as chicken manure) and ours looks like normal soil now after about 3 years.