Monday, May 30, 2011

the garden

This weekend is on its last leg, and the four days off from work have soared past me in a heat of road trips, television celebrities, workshops, bass fishing (biggun's in the farm pond!), chickens and campfires. Today is my last day of freedom. I'm planting as many seed potatoes as my little body can handle planting. Also, some sweet corn and pumpkin seeds to join into the started pumpkin vines I already set. I'm not showering until at least one or two grocery bags of spud seeds are in the ground. I know it seems late, but we wait here until early June to pass the life cycle of local potato beetles. Something I heard second-hand from Othniel who heard it from an old-timer. I suppose we'll see. My one row in a raised bed isn't going to do it for a meat farm. I am a hardy gal. I like mine mashed, fried, baked, and hashed and there is nothing more comforting going into winter than that primal smile that comes from a backyard full of livestock you can roast, a few stacks of cord wood, and bins of potatoes in the root cellar.

I've added a young hive to the arsenal, and hopefully it will help the garden and all the flowering trees and buds around the farm. They seem to be settling in, and working hard to get their new home furnished with comb as fast as possible. They are directly next to a giant honeysuckle bush so the drive for take out isn't too far. They don't seem to both anyone else: not the sheep, me, or Jasper. I am hoping to order him a proper harness soon so we can move from lead line training around the pasture to actual harness work, light and simple. But our time together is proving good and I'm comfortable with the pony faster than I expected to be.

Okay, off to plant those taters. Anyone want to guess how many I'll actually get in the ground? Whoever gets the closet will get a giveaway prize: a signed copy of Made From Scratch with a chicken feather bookmark. So let's hear those chance guesses!

P.S. I have laying hen chicks for sale if anyone local wants some. Five dollars each: Ameraucanas, Buff Orps, and Rhode Island Reds.

66 Comments:

Blogger karental said...

How big are your bags? Hmm...I guess 50 spuds. Should I go higher? Feel free to give me a hint!

Karen from Florida

May 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I think you'll persevere and plant all of your seed potatoes because you are now a thrifty Yankee and don't waste things. Since you don't have Pig to eat them what else would you do but compost?

May 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I have like, 200 potatoes I could plant!

jen, I keep meaning to email you, but could you just call? So much easier and I always have my phone with me....And Gotcha and the other doe are doing AMAZING! I think his first kits will be here tonght!

May 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Kevin and Beth said...

I think you would like to plant them all but if time gets in the way... hmm... maybe... one hundred and twenty!

May 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

check out Meader Supply in NH for a harness.

May 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

83 taters. Have fun.

May 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

I am both intimidated (not in a bad way) and amazed by you, your efforts, and what you have achieved. Bravo!

May 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

64

May 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm going to guess 102! Because, if you're like me, something else always comes up!

May 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Your garden looks awesome! I did't plant one this year because we spend so much time away at the camper, and now I'm so envious of your healthy food. Jasper looks great, too. Good luck with the tater planting! I already have your book, so I'm not bothering with the contest.

May 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Junque said...

I will be ambitious and say 200 spuds. :)

Jenn, do you cut your potatoes, or leave them whole? We planted 4lbs of potatoes yesterday, but I had cut them up and let them scab over the day before. Ours were red potatoes, what kind are you planting?

May 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger georgie said...

175 becuase you will get into the rhythm of planting and not want to stop until exhaustion hits.

May 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Lacy said...

99!! I love homegrown potatoes...I actually forgot to dig some up last year and they are replanting themselves! Don't know if they will reproduce potatoes but every year you learn something new.

May 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger booksNyarn said...

Oh potatoes! My raised beds don't allow for too many either, and I am a meat and potatoes gal myself!

I am going to throw out a guess of 90 potatoes. Good luck!

May 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

I say 63!

May 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

My guess is 135 planted by weekend’s end. We painted the kitchen and are redoing its floor for the holiday weekend. Happy Summer, Jenna

May 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Miss Music said...

My guess is 163. I like odd numbers. I was hoping to get some planting done today, but there is a lake in my garden. Maybe it's time to consider raised beds!

May 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm thinking 146, and then one of the animals is going to stir up some shinanagins and distrupt the process :)

May 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

At least 300 I would say. I love taters too. Fried with onions in them.

May 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

I'm guessing 100! We have potatoes in our raised beds also. I'm as excited about those as the herbs! ;-)

Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com (my blog)

May 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Your garden looks really great, Jenna! Thanks for the video tour.

May 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I think you'll plant 163. Good luck!

May 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

hmm someone already guessed 163. I'll increase that to 167. Yeah, I'm feeling 167. :-)

May 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger ChickenCrazy said...

I think you could plant 96 potatoes (:

May 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

34 as of 1PM EST!!

May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger ibluelotus said...

Jen & I thank you very much for a great "chickens 101". You really are a joy. We learned so much, enjoyed it all and ate some outstanding quiche and pulled pork!
Ilene

May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

130 taters!

Your garden is amazing! I always love seeing your farm, it makes my heart sigh. We just turned down a chance at a 5 acre farm, because it would have over extended us, even with the USDA loan. :( It nearly broke my heart. But, we still have our our little suburban half acre, with an 8x8 garden and three beautiful chickens(a fiesty Easter Egger and 2 beautiful Black Australorps). Next year I plan on expanding the garden, adding a rain water system, fruit trees, and if I'm brave, maybe a bee hive. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

May 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger ibluelotus said...

Didn't mean to leave out the fact that we met nice bunch of people at "Chickens 101". :-)
Ilene

May 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

84 spuds

May 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Caitlin-Cats Critters said...

I'm guessing 91 potatoes.

May 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

156! You can do it!

May 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

105

May 30, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

im guessing 57 good luck

May 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Jeanna said...

I will have to guess 107. But it is ok if you get more. Just good luck.

May 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

77 potatoes....you've had a long week-end. :)
Garden looks great.

May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger juliewondergem said...

I am gonna say 93. Good Luck and your garden looks wonderful...wish I was as far along as you.....

May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I think you'll do 111. :)

May 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i got to 65 and took a fishing break, caught a little panfish, lost track of time! off to plant more and then grill some leftover hotdogs...

May 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

137 spuds!

May 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger amberwolfagain said...

First timer here. I spent some time with my sister this past winter she got me interested in your farm. She is an avid reader. I have been enjoying your posts. I live in the city and have no yard, just sidewalks and roads. I am going to try planting some tomatoes in a hanging thing though. I have a loving cat and the computer. So keep the post coming. My guess is 125 taters. Thank you

May 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

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May 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Make that 116 spuds.

May 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger oukay said...

Maybe the sack holds more. I guess 204!

May 30, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Your garden looks great. I am curious to see how far your pumpkins end up spreading out from their bed. I'm going to guess 100 potatoes or 1 bag. I already have your book, but I just wanted to take a guess. Good luck getting that planting finished!

May 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Brenda Hage said...

jenna,
I just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing about the Fabulous Beekman Boys and the Bucolic Plague in your recent post. I was unfamiliar with their show and have been catching up on their video clips all weekend and having a great laugh :) Hope you get all of your potatoes planted. My guess is given your motivation and work ethic you'll get 75 planted.
Cheers,
Brenda

May 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
OpenID lifeofalittlewoman said...

I'm guessing 115. Enjoy!

May 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

187

May 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I think you're going to get your groove on and plant like crazy! I'll say 118.

May 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger KellyS said...

I like the sound of you'll get interrupted before you get all 200+ in the ground. But if you're stubborn like me, you'll get as close as you can. LOL

160

Love your blog. I'll be back.

May 30, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger sloejennfizz said...

173. For sure.

May 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Jonsey said...

I'm guessing 158. Love your blog!

May 30, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger jim said...

87 is the magic number- picked 4 collanders of string beans today and a bunch of beets for supper-life is good.

May 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Hi, Jenna,
I'll take two Buff Orps and an Ameraucana. I'll pick them up next Saturday when I come to your Meat Birds workshop.
Diane

May 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Burk said...

I'll say 86.

May 30, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love your raised beds. You have lots packed into them!
Jasper gets cuter every time I see him. Good luck with his training. I think he will be a willing partner.

May 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

People really count how many potatoes they plant? LOL. I just toss 'em in. :-)

May 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

I'd guess 111 potatoes...thou I have a feeling that might be a low guess!? Have fun!

May 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Fantastic! It's so exciting to see how far you've come since you moved to your own home and have created a real homestead. Dreams do come true (even with the challenges).

May 31, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Calidore said...

Never mind the potatoes...I watched your video with a smile on my face the whole time. I'm so impressed with all you have done in such a short time. The vegie garden looks amazing and Jasper is a real cutie. Please more videos of CAF - I found it fascinating.

May 31, 2011 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Jenna, do you start your broccoli from seed? When do you put it outside in the garden?

May 31, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I guess 143

May 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Was that Winthrop crowing in the background on your video? Also did Saro's eggs ever hatch? I can't remember if you told us in a past blog.

May 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger steak and eggs said...

I was going to guess a 100, but some one beat me to it. Don't think that' high enough so I will guess 155.

May 31, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I'll take an Ameracauna next Saturday when I'm at your meat bird class. :)
P.S. I hope you like chocolate. ;-)
-Bridget

May 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Who was the closest to 85? can you email me so you get your prize?

May 31, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Daisy, you win!

You just got to email me your address: jenna@itsafarwalk.com

June 1, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

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