Mishey, Mishey, it’s so fishey, how does your garden grow?
With chicken poop and gobs of mulch
And pretty beds all in a row!

I know it might seem quite contrary, but this worst of weather years is still our best yet in the garden.  I owe this not only to the new garden space, but especially to my extremely supportive team: chickens and handy hubby.   During his extended vacation he toiled away the days deep in our various homesteading hobbies.  Of course you know I say “toiled,” but actually mean “happily puttered.”

The weeks flew by for us all and as he drove away to his “real work” I realized I must recommit to my commitment that our need for his salary will no longer take him away from home.  Luckily he doesn’t expect me to come up with a solution anytime soon.

A good thing because at a recent local event to highlight our region’s “Farm to Table” capacities, it’s pretty obvious we have a very long way to go.  If this were Austin I’d be well connected by now I’m sure, my days blossoming with creative, collaborative options and potential business partners.  In East Texas however, with only 10 of us coming from several distant towns to hear a farmer/speaker teach how to start a Farmer’s Market, it’s clear the Locavore movement that’s sweeping the country is still in an incubation period here.  I’m not worried though, I’ve been getting stellar scores in patience lately.

Gardening has really helped with acquiring patience.   The artichokes choked for the third year in a row.  Now I have to wait an entire year to try again.  See what I mean?  I’ve also been on the fast track in humility, even though I really thought I’d mastered that one years ago.  Apparently there’s multiple levels, like in Donkey Kong, I didn’t realize that.

Still, I tak great pride in the results Mother Nature, my team, and I have been able to produce.

The best harvests so far: Chinese cabbage (pic), Kohlrabi, beets, various greens

The best harvests so far: Chinese cabbage (pic), Kohlrabi, beets, various greens

Pictured: peppers, tomatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, beans, corn. That's just half!

Pictured: peppers, tomatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, beans, corn. That's just half!

Papi says "Hi!"

Papi says "Hi!"

Papi says "bye, hope to see y'all around again soon!"

Papi says "bye, hope to see y'all around again soon!"