A Garden Grows: Time-lapse Vegetable Garden

Freshly tilled earth in the garden
How it all began this spring: freshly tilled garden (I am moving towards no-till but that is another topic)
the garden shortly after planting: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chard, marigolds, bush beans, corn, cucumbers, and pumpkins this year (plus a few watermelons I snuck in).
This is the garden a couple of weeks after planting, around mid-June: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chard, marigolds, bush beans, sunflowers, corn, cucumbers, and pumpkins this year (plus a few watermelons I snuck in).
the garden a few weeks after planting
Two weeks later. Spoiler: that wood pile disappears in a few more photos…

the garden ten days later
Ten days later… also, an aside, that is not our tractor, it is a borrowed tractor.
and the garden a week later
And the garden a week later
And the woodpile, now barely visible behind the garden (sunflowers are the tallest garden thing in this photo)
And then a spurt of growth, the woodpile, now barely visible behind the garden
The garden at the end of July. The blank spot at left is where some potatoes were dug out, and there are some tall weeds in the potatoes, that I hesitate to pull out, not wanting to also yank potatoes.
The garden at the end of July
The Pumpkins are making a break for it
The Pumpkins are making a break for it

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Wheel barrow load of weeds
The veggie garden produces wheel barrow loads of weeds, which go from the garden to the chicken pen. The chickens pick through and eat most of them while they are penned during the day, the rest are composted in their pen. The chickens free-range outside the pen late afternoons and evenings, and pick their own greenery at that time.  The chicken count is at 29 (we are at capacity).
Barred Plymouth Rock rooster, weed lover
Barred Plymouth Rock rooster
Gawky Mottled Java roosters (not yet fully grown, these are silly giant juvenile roosters).
Gawky Mottled Java roosters (not yet fully grown, these are silly giant juvenile roosters).  These chickens are excellent foragers.  Not only bugs and ticks, one of these gentleman was out free ranging and seen tossing a full-grown mole into the air and catching it in his beak.
A new addition, Bawk Bawk the Barnevelder, an old Dutch breed with nicely laced feathers.
A new addition, Bawk Bawk the Barnevelder, an old Dutch breed with nicely laced feathers.  I don’t think I could ever be mistaken for a patient person, and the wait for eggs was too much for me.  Bawk Bawk is of laying age, and produces a beautiful brown egg.
And, a Cream Legbar, best pal of Bawk Bawk
And, a Cream Legbar, best pal of Bawk Bawk and layer of beautiful palest blue eggs.  The apples are a late drop, too many on our trees and they come off, like a June drop.  We should have some excellent apples this year, and will make applesauce to can.

How our garden grows, and feeds our chickens as well as ourselves, in a series of time-lapse photos.

We now have beans, swiss chard, and cucumbers ready to eat, as well as early potatoes.  I skipped lettuce and peas this year, but will have next year.  The corn is tasselling.  Tomatoes are still green, the tomato plants are the biggest I have ever seen, perhaps too much compost and nitrogen this year.  I added some late kale that is beginning to take off.  The pumpkins are the size of softballs, and basketballs.

How is your garden growing?

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10 thoughts on “A Garden Grows: Time-lapse Vegetable Garden

  1. I am so jealous of your garden. Wish I had the room to do that. You rock!! And your chickens are so fabulous. The bawk bawk is one beautiful bird. Never seen anything like em. r

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  2. Daphne, it looks great. I hope they taste great. We are in drought conditions here again, for the third time in about eight years. The corn stalks are very short right now. I hope we can get some more rain, but we are in alternating day watering restrictions. Please enjoy. BTG

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  3. Margit Van Schaick

    So happy for you! Garden’s beautiful and bountiful, and the chickens look so healthy and thriving. Love your photos.

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