As I probably mentioned before, this was a CRAZY year for us trying to adjust to having three kiddos, a farm, and full-time jobs. Needless to say, the garden was pretty much an utter failure. This was actually the first year that we didn't start our own seeds. :( But all was not lost. We bought about 20 tomato transplants from a local farmers market in the spring and planted them in the backyard along the fence. The wood posts and netting that you see in the picture is our marginal attempt to keep stray chickens, turkeys, and guineas from eating the tomatoes.
Here's my helper demonstrating that tomatoes make good teethers.
We've also had really good luck with our turkeys, and just had another five hatch the other day. We had to move the "teenagers" to a new pen across the yard to make room for the new babies.
The sheep, goats, and donkeys are managing so far this summer, but we're bracing ourselves for what will inevitably be a very hot July and August. That said, the Mitschke clan is headed down to the beach at Rockport this afternoon for some fun in the sun!