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Winter finally ended and not a moment too soon for us thin blooded southerner. I posted a few pictures of the garden in April, so I will show you the difference after few months of growth. I also took a few of the Zone 1 food forest aorund the house.
A new group of chicks were hatched and are now growing out in the chicken tractor. We move it around, and as an area is cleared, I am planting Russian Bocking 14 Comfrey. In the background you can see the Raja banana pups that are about 4′ tall now. That is some echinacia and a perennial butterfly bush by the solar light post.
One of the older pears we have here are fruiting heavily for the first time. This variety is about 15′ tall now. That’s about as tall as I will let this one get….probably
This is a second year Paw Paw, one of 5 in a small grove we planted last year. I really like these trees so I am pampering them a bit more than usual. Sadly, no one local sells them. I plan to add these to my list of plants I propogate to trade/sell in the future.
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This 7′ elderberry is the same one in the April update…where it was about 6-12″. This thing is growing like crazy with foliar feeding of Alaskan Fish Emulsion.
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A loquat planted from seed in front of the HeadQuarters/Shed. It too liked the folliar feeding…maybe a little too much.
Some sweet olive growing on the porch. This stuff smells awesome right now…all we have to do is keep it form growing through the windows and roof!
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These little guys are so cool to watch.  Buff Orpingtons make outstanding mothers. The scratch and chase bugs class is in session…survival skills they will need to be self-sufficient free rangers.
I started this group of canna lilly with one bulb last year. Most people are unaware that the bulb is edible.
  1. melissa russell says:

    oh my goodness I love paw paw’s please propagate a few for me, I live in east Tennessee I know where one tree is that we pick from in the wood’s so I know they will live here. My dad called them Indian banana’s but there more like custard than banana’s. shot me a message in my gmail thanks’ Melissa

  2. diane says:

    Dear Joe
    I live in an apt and starting prepping in small batches. I have no idea on what to do first as I live alone and am 60 years old. I have considered moving to a small farm to get away from the riff raff that has been moving into the neighborhood. I also like the idea of growing my own food.

    What would some of your suggestions be to get started

    thanks for your time

    diane