Saturday we headed to west county, where my boss lives.  I love it out there.  He lives outside of town on @ 2+ acres (this was his grandma’s property before she passed).  And did she love to garden!  So the place is set up with great gardens and a fruit orchard. 

 

Not only does he have his own little orchard with Gravenstein apples, fuji apples, macintosh apples, peaches, 2 types of plums, bosc pears, Bartlet pears, avocado, pomegranate and lemon tress (phew that was a lot, I hope I didn’t miss anything), he recently purchased a piece of property behind his from his neighbor and down at the bottom of this hill were huge blackberry briars.  It was great!  But it is so untouched down there that it was difficult to get to a lot of the bushes but we managed to get enough to make a couple tarts.  Boy do those thorns hurt!

Another bonus was the vintage tractor he restored.  I think he said it was from 1946 and he painted it cherry red- it’s gorgeous.  He lives down this quaint, quite country lane so Doug took Ryder out on a tractor ride.  Oh, how I wish we lived on a piece of property like this (I’d defintely have my chickens I am longing for if we were out there). 

Another great thing is, the area that he lives is a “no spray” area and has been for as long as his grandmother lived there (which I believe she originally purchased in the 70’s) so we know all the fruit is organic.  Again, it’s just the mindset out there, everybody who lives in this area agree to maintain “no spray” and keep everything organic. 

So we came home with bags of apples, peaches, pears and plums (and a couple lemons). 

Good thing I had Doug with me- otherwise I would have had the whole van full of fruit and been overwhelmed.  Doug is more realistic about what we can do.  If I can all of this and still have energy I might go back for more.  My plans are to make applesauce and apple butter, slice the peaches and pears and can those just like that and make plum jam. 

Tomorrow starts the insanity!  I know I will be so happy come winter when I’m pulling out the fruits of my labor (literally). 

Stay tuned to see the final result.

So, this is what’s been keeping me from my blogging and my sewing.

Once we got the beds built we needed to get the garden going.  We finally got most of our veggies and herbs in.  We planted lots of different lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, thyme, basil, cilantro, fennel, chives, eggplant, peppers, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, pole beans, and we added a couple more strawberry plants to our patch. 

 I think that’s about it.  Oh ya, I have some carrot seeds we need to get in the ground this week.  It may sound like a lot but you should visit my friends blog ( a sonoma garden- link to the right) she’s got tons!  She needs to start her own market out of her backyard. 

So our lettuce has started to grow

we tried it out the other day and can start making salads – that’s my favorite – to go out to the garden and get my greens for our salad.  The arugula is super spicy- boy is it yummy!

The fruit trees are looking great

The Santa Rosa plum

our peach tree – love that furry fruit

In between getting the garden in order we are doing a mini remodel in the kitchen.  It’s kinda like sewing, I would so much rather create a skirt/shirt/pants from scratch than to try to alter someone elses work.  Same thing with remodeling, sometimes it’s easier just gutting and starting from scratch.  But we are “altering” – so we run into some snags here and there- but it should be done within the next week or so.  Then we can take a breath.

It is all so worth it- especially since we’ve been picking our strawberries and eating our fresh greens.