… a commentary and journal about my “farm” in Tucker County, West Virginia. In 2001, I bought an 87 acre tract of mountain land in Dryfork, the “old Harr place” according to locals. I built a house there and have begun farming the land. I named the property “Dogs Run” in a play on words, since I bought it so my dogs would have a place to run and play. For me, it is a place of solitude and peace.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Garden, Spring 2011
This is the 2011 garden in mid-spring, looking north, uphill. It's about 35' x 70', located in a small clearing above our house. Garlic is along the right side, potatoes in the front, 25 asparagus plants along the upper left side, and 24 raspberries (four varieties - two red and two black) along the very back, all of which were planted on 30 April and 1 May. The ATV and a 110 gallon water tank for collecting rain water are at the back. We keep it critter- and dog-free with a solar-powered electric fence. Soon to be planted are carrots, parsnips, corn, green beans, and two kinds of beets. The potatoes should be up by now.
We will be over this weekend to finish the planting. It's been wet and cold most of the time, but hopefully the potatoes, asparagus, and raspberries have sprouted.