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Well, we didn't get the green beans planted, but we did get our final raised bed of the year finished! I also bought a couple of more Heirloom tomatoes and planted them today!

Here is the link to the plans that my husband followed for the raised bed!

My husband did a different type of bed for our strawberries, if he had designed it himself he would have made it so that there wasn't as large of a lip on the inside from the top board! He decided to do this design because of the galvanized pipe that we bought! I'm still amazed at the good deal we got on them.

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He did make one change to the above plan, he used a 1 1/8" Forstener bit to make a hole that the pipe could fit into! It should hold everything nice and tight!
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It is so satisfying to eat vegetables from your garden. We could not afford to buy all the fresh vegetables that we eat if we didn’t raise them. Can, freeze or dehydrate the extra and we eat good all year. Your raised beds are lovely!
We love having a garden, but I haven't done any canning & not much freezing for several years, that's about to change! I always do some dehydrating, but I plan on doing more of that also! It's going to be a busy summer & fall! Thank you! 💞

My son will be picking up the 1/2 beef that we are getting from our friend and I made sure to ask for the fat. I will be rendering that down as soon as I can go up and get it from their place!
 

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We can and freeze a lot out of our garden but we have a produce auction that is run for the Amish that we buy from to augment our garden harvest.
We have a huge flea mkt about 30-35 mins from here....they have a grower-raised produce section....planning on making a few trips over there to get and get a jump on stocking pantry shelves and freezer....bout a week away from getting fishing license.... :)
There's a farmer's market in the little town near our place! I plan on checking it out and there is another one in the main town where I do the bulk of my shopping, it's about an hour away!
 

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We are almost finished planting this portion of the garden! We have a section to the left, past the grapes where we will be planting corn, watermelon and pumpkins! We will be using drip tape for the first time to water everything, we're just waiting for it to be delivered, right now, I am watering by hand. It will be nice to get it all on the watering timer! I will get the rest of the beans planted today! We have bush beans in one and a half of the raised beds, we will be planting carrots and beets in the remaining half today. We have pole beans on the hog panels & fencing uprights, we also have cucumbers, okra, spaghetti squash and sugar baby watermelon planted to climb the uprights! I'm anxious to see how the squash and melons workout doing it that way! We will be enjoying fried or grilled Zucchini for dinner tonight, I haven't decided which method yet, first of the season! Our broccoli grew great, but the aphids got into them, so we didn't eat it, there is no way to get them all rinsed out. We've enjoyed Swiss Chard & Kohlrabi and we have a couple of cabbages that are about ready for harvest! Looking forward to cabbage sauteed with butter, bacon, salt & pepper! Yum!
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Thought I would share a couple of bunny pictures today, of course there are chicks in the background!

Left to right! Chloe, Daphne & Buck! I stood out there for about a half hour today, Buck & Daphne both came over and touched noses with me, Chloe even came over by me, which is a big thing...they're not as tame as I would like, but that's because I need to spend more time with them. . I'm trying...there is just always so many other things going on!

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Daphne & Buck...She is at least a third again larger than he is!
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