Spring is arriving amazingly early here, which is making me extremely excited for gardening season! There are few things better, in my opinion. I’ve been drooling over photos of our garden from previous years and thought I’d share a few of my favorites to help get you all excited too! So, are you ready to take a tour of our little farm?
We live on a 1/4 acre near downtown Olympia, WA. We have several raised garden beds, one large ground bed, a garden shed, greenhouse and chicken coop in our garden area.
Before Jordan was a stay-at-home dad, he was a carpenter. He built our chicken coop out of scrap materials left over from his carpentry jobs.
We have 7 laying hens, of all different kinds, which we raised from chicks.
Our yard has really turned into the neighborhood petting zoo. The neighbors bring their kids over to pet the chickens, feed the koi in our pond, pet the bunny (which we’ve since given to a new home) and explore the garden. It’s a lot of fun.
Our chickens are friendly, curious girls. They roam the yard, and occasionally wonder into neighboring yards. Luckily we have friendly neighbors that probably find it more amusing than anything, at least I hope so.
We benefit from our chickens in so many ways and their eggs are one of my favorites. Our girls lay beautiful brown speckled, white, pink, blue and green eggs. We get creative with egg recipes, like my Egg Souffle.
Our garden (and our entire yard) is always a jungle. This happens because we can never decide which veggies and flowers to grow, so we plant everything we love. Everything.
We grow beans, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, kale, lettuce, turnips, beets, carrots, parsnips, and so many other veggies as well as herbs and fruit.
This means that we often have to get creative come August, when the plants have all grown quite large. Sometimes this means growing butternut squash on the fence, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!
This also often means that there is enough bounty to share with family and friends.
We love to assemble baskets full of things we grew and take them over to neighbors, or to share with co-workers.
We looove cooking with ingredients out of our garden.
We use our greenhouse for starts in the spring and prolonging growing in the fall and winter months.
But also because I couldn’t bare to not be growing things during our long dreary winters.
Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this tour of our garden and I hope this helps to get you excited about the spring and summer growing season!
You can also read more about our chickens here.
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