Swapping Gardens

Posted by F&S

There are some big changes going on at the farm concerning the vegetable garden and the cutting garden.  The plan is to swap locations.  The cutting garden has never really done well where it's located next to the chicken yard and the vegetable garden has its own issues with mole crickets and too much moss.  Ryan and Martha want to see if production in both gardens will increase with this change.  We'll keep you posted.

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What do you suppose is going on in the vegetable garden?

1 What do you suppose is going on in the vegetable garden?

There's Wilmer using the roto-tiller, turning the soil.

2 There's Wilmer using the roto-tiller, turning the soil.

Francesca, doesn't the newly turned soil have a good earthy smell?

3 Francesca, doesn't the newly turned soil have a good earthy smell?

There certainly are a lot of tools in the garden.  Ryan must be planning something big.

4 There certainly are a lot of tools in the garden. Ryan must be planning something big.

Say, Ryan - What are you and Wilmer discussing?

5 Say, Ryan - What are you and Wilmer discussing?

Sharkey, this will no longer be the vegetable garden, but it will be the cutting garden, instead.  The cutting garden will now be turned into the new vegetable garden.

6 Sharkey, this will no longer be the vegetable garden, but it will be the cutting garden, instead. The cutting garden will now be turned into the new vegetable garden.

However, certain things will remain here like rhubarb, asparagus, and horseradish.  Those plants are well-established and are not easy to move.

7 However, certain things will remain here like rhubarb, asparagus, and horseradish. Those plants are well-established and are not easy to move.

The rhubarb is just emerging.  Technically, rhubarb is a vegetable, but we mostly treat it like a fruit and it makes delicious pies, cakes, and jams.

8 The rhubarb is just emerging. Technically, rhubarb is a vegetable, but we mostly treat it like a fruit and it makes delicious pies, cakes, and jams.

I suppose I can get use to the idea of this being the cutting garden.  I hope the vegetables will like being in the big garden next to the chicken coop.

9 I suppose I can get use to the idea of this being the cutting garden. I hope the vegetables will like being in the big garden next to the chicken coop.

Comments (16)

  • Hello everyone,
    I guess Ryan and the gardening crew are getting ready for their busy time at the farm. You should tell them to plant baby carrots. Karen gives puppies baby carrots and they especially enjoy chewing on them when they are teething. Sharkey, you look so serious in the opening picture. That is a very pretty face shot. Well, I think I am going back to bed for a while. I was going to do some deck time but there is a nasty smell outside. I saw some strange looking animal that was all black except it had a white Mohawk that goes right down it's back. Maybe when the nasty smell goes away I will go out to say hello to my new friend. Hehehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • You two cuties will have to keep us informed as to how the garden switch turns out.

    Angela

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Boy oh boy have Mama Martha and Ryan been putting their heads together for the new garden situation. I have never seen your gardens so this will be exciting for me this year. I have really gotten to like roasted beets. Love those things. Maddox don't go near the skunks or you will be in big trouble. Riley, Martha and Lucy, Mom and I love that you call them the cats with the racing stripes. Hope everyone had a good day yesterday---rains here. Now Kirby when you travel soon, where do you go, in what, a camper? Do you have to wear your head cone on your trip? Dudley, nice that you are getting walks in--your Mom is the energizer bunny, chopping wood, walks and taking care of the Uncles. How is Uncle Tim and his infection doing? Abby, any walks in the duck park and Missy and Zoe are you girls sunbathing? Baby Favor we were wondering if you had a special Easter bonnet, with all your beautiful costumes. Cora Belle, have the Chiweenies visited lately? Rebel, you are doing good aren't you--no signs of any mange returning? Kitty and Jimmy, any new catnip toys? Jakey and Molly is it surfer weather in California yet? I hope all my pals have a GEM of a day and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    How does one go about moving a garden? I mean, just how far down does one dig so they will know that they have all of the garden? I guess that the roto-tiller is digging down far enough. Oh, I see now! You are going to plant the gardens in different places now. How silly can one be to think that you will move all the soil and plants? Well that’s what Daddy was telling me. I think he was pulling my leg a little bit. I got even with him. I pulled a Zoe on him. Boy did that thing stink. He’ll be back in a few minutes when the air clears a little. It’s nap time now.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello F,S & GK, and all our GS buddies:
    Well, its been a few days since we posted, its been very sunny out, but still very very cold. When will the spring temps finally get here. It seems like we are at the North Pole, but really just on the north shore of Lake Erie. Come on Spring! The great garden switch looks very exciting, our Mom would love to be involved in such happenings.
    Nothing much is happening here that is exciting, haven't seen/smelled any of the racing variety of cats lately, but our cat buddies (not of the racing variety) have started hunting again, they like to bring their trophies home - mice, voles, other assorted critters. It is polite to go and smell them, but they are really not that interesting. Riley is getting to be such a big boy, he's about 55 lbs. now and nearly as tall as me (they say I am big for a female) - but of course he still thinks he's a lap puppy! He also likes baby carrots, but not really to eat, just to play with - somewhere I'm sure he has a stash of them (hopefully not rotting away quietly) - Mom wouldn't like that. He will be entering his first dog show this Spring, he says he's ready, I think he needs to go to school first - he likes to stand on his hind legs against Mom, she's only about 5' so he now comes up to her shoulders. Not really the most polite thing to be doing, especially to company, but I'm sure he'll figure out its not a good thing soon enough. Mom's never had a male dog before, and he certainly does want different things than us girls (which is maybe a good thing!) - Lucy doesn't want to give up anything, and tries to take ALL the toys, treats, bones etc. She's really good a carrying 5 or 6 things in her mouth all at once! Ah well, it looks like it will be nice to sit outside today, so I'll make my way to my favourite spot, under the pine tree. Lots of beardie bounces to all, have a great day and will check back later. Love Martha (writing), Lucy and Riley boy.

  • My goodness Sharkey that photo of you is stunning! :-)
    I guess changing spots for plant and veggies is a good idea anyway, the soil and plants benefit from a change, like the farmers do here...corn one time, soy, wheat etc. other times.
    Ruby, all the toys that Kitty has just sit there, she is not one to play with toys except the katnip ones. Anyway I found some old used Xmas ribbons (the cheap skinny kind)as I was throwing it away Kitty grabbed it and started to play, so I strung some together and added a small wooden bead to one string so it made noise sliding across the floor, I tied her mouse to the held end so she could use both ends. Kitty absolutely loves the bead end and plays with it a great deal...so funny something so simple! ;-)

    I hope all is well with everyone, I see Ruby and Maddox here right now...good morning!!

    till later...
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Mole Crickets? I thought that might be an April Fools Joke! :)

    I'm sure the chickens will like the salad bar, err 'garden' right next too the coop. All they will have to do is shimmy over the fence and start munching...and clucking! :)

    Let's hope the switcheroo works! :)

    Happy Wednesday to all..
    gail

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, This is a fascinating blog you shared today and I love all of these photos! Learning more about swapping the vegetable and cutting gardens is great! You two girls look terrific today and how fun to see Wilmer and Ryan again! Sure hope your weather stays better so that every thing will grow even better! Please say Hi to buddy GK again! Maddox, we have been so lucky not to have any skunks in our yard! We do get raccoons, rats, squirrels, frogs, and snakes sometimes! Ruby, as always you do the best comments every day and I love reading yours! It would be fun if you had a blog for us to enjoy daily, also! My Uncle Tim is finally doing much better and is helping Mom a bit more! Sure hope to hear from the rest of you buddies real soon! Have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad,- Mom can't wait to see all the pretty gardens that Ryan is preparing. She only has a few buds popping up and it will probably be late April before we see any flowers ;(. It feels like winter has returned in the last couple of days even though the sunshine is shining brightly, and temps in the 40's; but it's the wind making it cold. So, no Ruby, no sunbathing yet. But I have to admit, I like the cool temps, hehe. Maddox, Mom tried giving me a baby carrot when I first came to my forever home, but no luck - looked at it, smelled it, and left it on the floor. Hope everyone is doing okay, Kirby, are you counting the days to your trip? Cora Belle, how's Ivan and Ivanka? Dudley, has Mom finished her spring clean up work outside yet? Rebel, anything new? Abby & James Dean, has Mom taken you to work recently? Kitty, did you catch a chippy yesterday, remember no back door surprises for Mom. Riley, are you staying out of trouble? Martha & Lucy are watching you. Baby Favor, how are you doing? Zoe, hope all is well. Back to outside patrol and deck time.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good morning ladies,
    Hey Sharkey, that head shot made me say "whoa!" Great close up! Now the work begins, setting in the gardens. I bet you'll be busy supervising and making sure no rascally rabbits get anywhere near the vegetable garden. I know you have great fences, but you still need to keep an eye out.
    I had a bath on Sunday, I get a monthly medicated bath and that is keeping the mites asleep and boy is my coat shiny! It's almost blinding. hee, hee.
    Everything is very quiet at my house and the sun is shining. It can't get any better than that.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • What a handsome picture, Sharkey. Or is that airbrushed? Martha is so lucky to have the two of you keeping track of the farm and keeping it in excellent running order!

    Jakey

    P.S. I would have been digging in that dirt and causing more of a hinderance than help,

  • Having three Frenchies I know about dry noses and it looks to me like the close up shot of Sharkey has a bit going on there... So cute! Just in case anyone else has this problem, I use Nose Butter via The French Bulldog Rescue Network: https://fbrn.myshopify.com It works!

  • Wow supervising all of the farm chores sure is hard work. Good to see you ladies on top of things. I hope all is well with everyone today. :smile:

  • I think the best gardening technique is aquaponics gardening because it is very efficient and you can build it everywhere you want. I have my own aquponics and I can honestly say that it is such a great way to have your own vegetables. You can learn it from the beginning with this website .You should absolutely try this.

  • Hey, what's up? It is Thursday and no new DW. They should have us Glue Squad members take turns with a blog when they won't have the usual blog people. That would be kool. It could be named "Handing It Over To Glue Squad Member (Fill in the blank with the guest bloggers name). Yeah, kool.
    Well, have a great trip Kirby. Smokey Mountains are beautiful.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hey Mr. John! That awesome stuff you put on your Frenchies' noses? That's Nose Butter made by one of my FirstMamas!!!! We love it-- it works really well, and FirstMama likes to help out rescues, even though French Bulldog Rescue Network is nearest to her heart (ours too; it's where my sisty Millie cames from.) She even makes special labels for them, or any breed label that people would like to see.
    I hope no one forgets you changed gardens and tries to eat the daisies, Francesca Baby!
    A bientot!

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