Sunday, July 11, 2010

Backyard Farming Week










Hello, lovelies. For three months I've been saving pictures, successes, and tragedies around the yard.
We had a big year, this year. We planted a new tree, landscaped and started the last phase of the patio remodel, added some new additions, and built a new raised veggie garden. It was also my first year to deal with a huge amount of pests, birds, mice, bad weather, and one big stinky lab that just could not stay out of my garden.

Year three of Backyard Farming has been the most challenging. My beginners luck has worn off, and in it's place I've found a huge passion for tending this yard of mine, and all the little forks in the road I've found along the way.

This week I'll be splitting these posts into a few sections: The Veggie & Herb Garden, Flowers, Landscaping, and Cooking From the Garden.

If there are any questions you'd like me to answer, let me know and I'll do my best.

See you soon, friends.

38 comments:

Lillian said...

I'm no help on specific questions, though I know you'll get tons, but just had to say that I CAN'T WAIT!

Hollie said...

I still have ants in my veggie garden. I've tried vinegar.. talc.. and they are still there, eating up my zucchini and squash. I'd love to know if you have any suggestions!

Noodles and Waffles said...

I've heard to put stockings over your squash & zucchini to keep the bugs from eating them. Not sure if that works or not. I usually use oil & cayenne pepper. Keeps the bugs off my corn.

Sini said...

Yummy yummy I cant wait these posts, specially cookings! I would love to have vegetarian recipes, how to make really good hummus and specially that do you make your tortillas by yourself or are these ready made?

I discovered the best sides of having garden at my parents, sweet forest strawberries and normal ones, petit pois (peas?) and blueberries. I love summer!

bex said...

your porch looks oh so cozy ;)

emily wierenga said...

i love your backyard. i love your blog. thank you for it...

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I can't remember if you answered this before or not - or if I missed it when you commented back but our biggest issue right now is not being able to grow/keep alive a cilantro plant. We've killed two of them this year and it breaks my heart. Is this herb trickier than the others or just more picky than the rosemary and basil? We even gave little Cil his own pot to grow in and he still left us.

Your bounty looks amazing! the last picture made me drool. The patio looks SO inviting how I wish we were neighbors! ox

Amie said...

I can't wait to have a backyard so I can garden! I only have a patio right now, so there's just enough room for a few pots: dwarf schefflera, impatiens and calla lilies - I'm bummed the patio faces the north, and gets no light. I would love to plant some herbs or tomatoes, but they need sun!

... daisy... said...

I found this blog through blogs of note! This is a blog of note INDEED! lovely!

WestNightmare said...

Hi! my father takes care of his garden every summer and for many years. I love fresh vegetables, it smells so good and is full of color. The ants and snails feasts also ^ ^. What dish do you prefer?

xoxo

Melissa Blake said...

How exciting!! And CONGRATS on being a Blog of Note today!! xoxo

Darrin Maxwell said...

Great Images! LOVE the little green cherry tomato with the tiny (and I mean tiny!) black ant. found you via Blogs of note on Twitter btw... Happy Blogging!

Johanna said...

Yes! I missed out on my garden this year so I am living vicariously through yours. :)

Levonne said...

Congrats on being a blog of note! Love your pictures. Just wonderful compositions.

Queen of the Rant said...

Holy cow that was quite the rain you endured, great shots and stories you seem to be so happy in your life, congrats, and i look forward to seeing more of your garden

samaire said...

WOW. This is the first time I have read your blog, and that's all I can say. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

--Samaire*
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Queen of the Rant said...

@hollie
Thought you may have some luck with baking soda. Put it in a line where you do not want the ants to cross it is environmentally friendly and it works!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on getting the Blog of Note! Your blog is visually stunning, I love it! Following!!!

And because of your farming... I know want a juicy, fresh salad...

Fireviews said...

Did you just address us as "lovelies?" ughhhhhhhhh

saradowle said...

Love your images!
I've been getting into gardening, well, growing basil (successful) and chives (not so!) alongside my Ma's more development allotment!

Congrats on Blog of Note, I'm sure to be following!

Twig and Toadstool said...

what gorgeous gardening pictures!
We're big backyard gardeners here too...in our 5th fabulous year!!!
Every year gets a wee bit more ambitious...there are always failures, but many many successes as well!
Here's to the backyard garden!!
xo maureen

kerthunkery said...

I just found your blog and I'm already hooked! Thanks for sharing!

AmandaRose said...

You have a wonderful blogs! The work with text and photos is splendid! Happy blogging!

Lily said...

These are really amazing photos. I do have a question, it might sound selfish, but I really admire the layout of your blog and want my blog to be just as pretty :) How did you get your header to be so nice and big, but centered to? Thanks!

Wendy said...

This is absolutely a passion of mine as well! Photography and gardening. I do all organic gardening while implementing as much permaculture as possible to maintain a healthy environment.

Fabulous to find you!

Indonesian Urban Tech said...

I really love your pictures. They're beautiful.

commoncents said...

VERY INTERESTING!

I really like your blog!!

Steve
Common Cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

Leonel Brandalissi said...

hello ... I'm from Argentina, I love your blog, sorry, I'm using a translator, you may not understand some words, much luck!

Jessica Elizabeth said...

Aura, I absolutely adore your blog. I have been following you since your livejournal days -- even before you were married! Your writing and zest for life is so inspirational. I sincerely look forward to backyard farming week as I am an avid gardener and work for a farmers market.

Keep being you as you are simply wonderful my dear!

xo Jessica Elizabeth

noo-ddd said...

I would love to have vegetarian recipes, how to make really good hummus and specially.

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noktour said...

I really love your pictures. They're beautiful very much.

ABG said...

beautiful pictures..

sam p said...

yum-o! that salad at the end looks delish!

Sophia Maya said...

Hi Aura!

I'm another person who discovered your blog via Blogs of Note and I must say I'm really glad I did. I love your blog. You really do a great job of drawing out the interesting and charming aspects of your life and your photos are truly fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Sophia

TamTam said...

you have a great eye for photos
peace and love

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Brandie said...

Beautiful pics!