Despite some spring setbacks including late frosts killing off the melons three times and two generations of cucumber and squash decimated by bugs, things are rolling again on the wee homestead.  Handy hubby worked hard over his entire six week vacation doing exactly what he loves: “Puttering,” he calls it.  He built a fabulous garden shed, a porch addition which will become an outdoor kitchen, spent countless hours in the garden, and so many other projects I had to stop keeping track for personal exhaustion.

A few highlights by photo beat description every time, and save me some effort which will be spent instead this weekend making pesto three ways: basil, cilantro and dill.  Also trying to figure out what to do with all the cabbages.  Kim chi, sauerkraut and coleslaw are great, but I’ve got to broaden my horizons.

Elephant garlic--normally you want to remove the blossoms, but I couldn't resist keeping a few just to see what happens.  Behind them, more garlic, onions just harvested, southern peas, okra, pole beans, sweet potatoes and melons.

Elephant garlic--normally you want to remove the blossoms, but I couldn't resist keeping a few just to see what happens. Behind them, more garlic, onions just harvested, southern peas, okra, pole beans, sweet potatoes and melons.

A month's worth of daily strawberries about to end.

A month's worth of daily strawberries about to end.

The first sunflower-- a sure sign of summer here to stay

The first sunflower-- a sure sign of summer here to stay

Apothecary roses, one of the first cultivated varieties.  The grating has been the only way we've found to keep those pesky scratching chickens at bay

Apothecary roses, one of the first cultivated varieties. The grating has been the only way we've found to keep those pesky scratching chickens at bay

It's getting rather crowded in here, test your wings already!

It's getting rather crowded in here, test your wings already!

Or you just might find a reptillean on the de-population agenda! Pun intended :)

Or you just might find a reptilian on the de-population agenda! Pun intended :)