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Grid Gardening anyone can do!

We have started growing some of our own food this year and have embarked on a project to make it as easy as 1-2-3 to do. We will share our triumphs as well as our tragedies with you as we go...

Putting together salad baskets from all of our vegetables growing in the garden right now. We also threw in a handful of hard-boiled eggs from the chickens in the back! We boiled them with a red onion so you can tell easier which ones are hard-boiled in the refrigerator.

This weeks edible arrangement out of our garden.

Our first week testing the solar powered watering system with our wheat growing...

This is a little off the beaten path but, this is our first hydroponic attempt! We are growing wheat as our first test. If all goes well, we will be feeding this fodder to our horses and chickens.

Built two new boxes today for more heirloom plants.

How hard is raising chickens you ask? Well, I should start a pin just for this topic but just a quick note here; We have the feeder automated, the water automated, a couple of swings for them and a door that opens at dawn and closes at dusk, running off a solar panel and battery. For the most part, we go out say hello to the girls and collect some tasty eggs!

Fresh basil, thyme, oregano. sage, onions, fig, and sweet tomatoes get added to the fresh chicken eggs.

The beauty of having so much variety is being able to go out for breakfast and finding plenty of good choices to add to the omelet every day.

Here is a sample of what we do with our virtual feast in the front. Did I mention we have chickens as well?

What do we do with all the leftovers from the garden? Recycle it of course! Our horses love our garden as much as we do.

We cut down some bamboo and built a trellis for our tomatoes this year. We used hemp to lash the bamboo pieces together.

Put it all together and what do you have? Lunch!

Our strawberries planted with the trees are growing fast and almost ready for the table.

Our butterfly bushes are also hard at work bringing in the worker bees (and butterflies) to do their part.

Potted trees offer a great way to create portable planting boxes that you can "share" with your veggies. Here we have several boxes with fruit trees and under each, we have planted another crop such as strawberries, eggplant, carrots, herbs and even beets.

Our grapes are coming in nicely and we are letting them run low the first year to build the roots. Next year, we will train them to the top of the fence where they can run in the sun better.

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    Yes, we are also growing Asparagus on the left side of the box. we have 6 boxes of this growing throughout the garden right now and all of them sprouted.

Our kale has been like this in 3 boxes for over two months now and we will be harvesting most of it this month to make room for some other plants to grow. Right now we are planting the seeds under the umbrella of the kale to help with the heat until they are big enough to fend for themselves.

Breakfast omelet right out of the ground.

A salad straight from the garden to the table.

Gardening successes come with some not so successful endeavors. Here we planted our squash and zucchini in front of our potato tower but didn't think it would block all the light. Well, plenty of both but no potatoes to speak of.

We have also started adding some mulch around our tee-pee and some potted trees as well.