Sucess! Finished at Last!

We did it!  Everything has finally been planted!  Unfortunately I was unable to plant sweet potatoes this year because I failed to plan for them, but everything is complete!  It took about 3 weeks longer than I would have liked, but everything should still be able to grow without problems.

I know that it was probably way more extra work than we needed this year to put in a pumpkin and watermelon patch, but I am so happy that we did!  It is just one less job we will need to do in the future.

The watermelon patch contains, well, watermelon of course!  There are two varieties on 7 hills.  I also added one small garden bed for one of the kids, but now need to add three more.  They were promised their own gardens this year, and by golly, they will get them!  If children and weather are cooperative tomorrow, I think I can finish the other three.  (Fine, you got me.  I don’t have it all finished yet.  We have to finish their gardens before we will truly be done, but they knew it was last on the priority list, and I pray we can be done with them by the end of the weekend.)

Rich, wet soil in the watermelon patch. Should be perfect for these heavy eaters!
Black plastic mulches around watermelon hills in the watermelon patch. The squares are roughly 5’x5′ each, just to give you an idea of the size of the area.

The pumpkin patch has 4 kinds of pumpkins, butternut squash, corn, and several varieties of sunflowers.

It’s not much to look at right now, but in a month we’ll be seeing sunflowers, corn, pumpkins and squash taking over!  I didn’t realize it until I started mulching and planting, but this is a pretty big field.  We could have gotten away with planting a lot more, but I ran out of seeds!  I had to go to the store to get more sunflower seeds.  (My brother also has a small garden right in the patch on the right side of the picture.)

And our main vegetable garden has bell, jalepeno and cayenne(?) peppers, green beans, black beans, tomatillos, tomatoes, 2 kinds of cucumber, peas, lettuce, spinach, arugula, celery, zucchini, potatoes, strawberries, onions, garlic, and a variety of herbs. Let’s just pray that everything grows well and we are able to keep animals out!  (We need a new fence, maybe this summer if everything works out.)

The vegetable garden.  Any green you might see is plants that we either dug up and replanted after trying to get rid of all of the grass, or seedlings we started indoors.

I am hoping that this year we can master some food preservation skills, and store a lot of food to use until next winter.  Last year we had hoped to do much more in the way of food preservation, but because of the move, we lost a lot of our harvest.  On top of all the yummy goodness growing in the beds we planted, we have 12 apple trees (two were planted this year), 2 pear trees, 2 or 3 peach trees, 3 plum trees over 5 mulberry trees, multiple raspberry, and I think some blackberry patches, juneberries, blueberries, goji berries, Jerusalem artichoke, an almond tree, and two Japenese Heartnut trees (it’s like a walnut).  Oh, and rhubarb and asparagus.  And grapes.  And maybe black cherries!  If we can’t store a lot of food from all of that, I am going to be sorely disappointed!  We ultimately want to grow as much of our own food as possible and shrink the grocery bills significantly.

Northstar Cherry


What do you think, are we crazy or what? 😉  What about you, do you grow your own food, or at least some of it?  What is your favorite food to grow?


Love~ Danielle 



  • Douglas

    Mulberries! Every now and then I come across a mulberry tree out here in D.C. and it’s always a treat this time of year to pluck a handful while I’m walking… As for juneberries, I had to google them to make sure I knew what they were! Sounds like you guys have a lot of fun farming and canning ahead of you!

  • sfaust929gmailcom

    Well, you will just have to try to visit in summer sometime so you can come pick a bunch of mulberries! Bring the future Mrs., too. When we moved in, we had to look up juneberries as well. There is definitely lots to tlearn around here. We’ve learned a lot already, but there is still so much we don’t know. I was having a lot of fun working in the watermelon patch yesterday, and it is so adorable watching pudgy little hands try to plant seeds!

  • Amanda Faust

    Your fruit trees look great! Ben and I planted a few trees last weekend :0) In a couple years we will hopefully have some fruit to harvest too.

    • sfaust929gmailcom

      How exciting! What kinds of trees are they? The biggest threat is usually birds, unless you have little kids who are to anxious to wait for the fruit to tet ripe, then they are the biggest threat;)

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