Planting the remaining 2018 garden veggies, replacing body mount bushings on farm truck, and seeding hundreds of annuals for urban homestead yard

Hey hey! Just thought I’d put out our post for this weekends projects. First was finishing the pre-summer work for the farm truck. As mentioned in last weeks post I replaced the radiator, belts, and hoses. So we’re good for the hot weather of summer to prevent breakdowns. Now this weekend first task of the day will be to replace the body mount bushings. These are what mounts the body of the truck to the frame, so you have a cushion effect to isolate road bumps from the passengers. These usually last quite a few years and the ones on this truck are original (10 years old). At this point in my vehicles ownership (based on age) I start pro-actively replacing suspension and drivetrain components just to prevent on-road breakdowns. Some of these components might still have a few years worth of life left, but having something like a radiator, hose, belt, or even a ball joint blow out leaving you stranded sucks. It can also eat up a weekend figuring out how to get a vehicle home or towed to a repair shop if you’re out of town…then you could be out hundred (and possibly thousands) of dollars.

Next was clearing off the garden beds greenhouse plastic (used to chop-n-drop our cover crop and warm the garden soil) and getting the remainder of our 2018 garden veggies planted. As you can see from the photos these aren’t just some sickly looking starts, but fully ready to produce super-plants:

Starting these plants indoors puts them ahead by leaps-n-bounds of what can be found at local garden centers. 🙂

Here’s what we’ve planted (and their numbers) for the 2018 backyard homestead garden:

38 tomato plants
45 squash plants
12 eggplants
1 pepper plant

With the garden veggies moved out of the indoor grow tents it was time to start seeding the annuals. Some of you might be saying its too late to see these for the 2018 season…but ah ah ah! Remember the power of the indoor grow tents! by mid-June these plants will be ready for transplant outdoor and will have all of July/August/September to flourish in our Mediterranean-Arid climate we experience here in the Pacific NW summers. 🙂

Here’s some photos of the May 2018 garden/orchard:

Lower deck raised garden box lettuce/kale high production area

Lower deck raised garden box lettuce/kale high production area

Lower yard garden boxes with 2018 veggies planted

Lower yard garden boxes with 2018 veggies planted

Clover patch and perennial berries with backdrop of garden boxes

Clover patch and perennial berries with backdrop of garden boxes

Clover patch with upper hillside garden boxes and orchard trees

Clover patch with upper hillside garden boxes and orchard trees

Well that’s it for this weeks update. We here at PnB Homestead hope that your weekend was as fun and productive as ours; if not get your butts out there and plant something! 🙂

Have a great week everyone.