We did a lot of work in the garden are this year. We built 5 more grow boxes for our square foot garden. We also did a lot of not very exciting prep work like fencing, water lines, dirt work, etc. As you can see we set up the kiddie pool in the garden area. We did this for two reasons: 1) it was already level and 2) it is in a gated lockable area to keep the almost 3 year old safe.
We sectioned off another part of our yard for the chickens. As much as I liked giving them free access to the entire yard the downside was having poop EVERYWHERE. I had to hose off the walkway and porch continually (several times a day), they kept eating the dog food, they kept digging up my flower beds. Now everyone is much happier. The chickens have a large run with lots of shade, the dogs have their food, and I have my flowers and the kids are no longer tracking chicken poop into the house. We still let the chickens out into the yard almost ever evening for an hour or so before bed.
Lots of fragrant lavender coming in.
A few garden goodies
I turned 5 lbs of green beans into 8 pints of Dilly Beans. One of the jars broke open during the final canning stage so I only ended up with 7 pints. I've never made or tried dilly beans before but the recipe sounds good. I'm hoping we like them.