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I half expected Anne to think I was crazy when I told her I wanted to live on a farm. I was totally wrong. The look on her face when I told her I was going to bring a sod-cutter over and start tearing up her yard to grow veggies made me know I found the one for me.

Starting the farm was tough work. The grass was dead and dry. The sod-cutting machine was hard work to use for such a small area but got the job done nicely. The soil underneath the grass was rock hard. It involved removing lots of hard rocks, all by hand. (Is that why they call this town Round Rock?)  It took several tilling and watering sessions to get the ground workable for veggies. We added layers of newspaper and mulch, kept it all wet and waited for the ground to soften a bit. The earthworms and bugs moved into the new, moist area and broke the ground up for us.

We also tried using soaker hoses to keep our gardens watered. This didn’t work out with too little water pressure, only half the patches would be watered properly. The drip system we have now from Lupton Irrigation is far superior.

We started the garden with a few broccoli seedlings, cabbages, garlic, cauliflower (that was acutally mislabled broccoli), and several types of herbs. We’re already growing a substantial amount more and we’re not stopping anytime soon. The Round Rock Funny Farm will continue to expand until we’re completely out of yard to grow in. Wait, what about growing on the roof of the house in boxes? hmmm….

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Trying to get a better timing system going with the new drip system. Seems that we actually need to run the drips in the mid to late afternoons in order to combat this Texas heat. It’s already conserving water as there is no more water run off.

The melon seedlings were planted today. We’ve got seedlings for pumpkins, honeydew and butternut squash planted. There are more smaller seedlings that will be ready to go in the ground in a week or so. Then we sit back and wait a month before starting the fall garden. It’s nice living in central Texas with such a long growing season. Wish we could have some rain…

Daily Farm Pic 07.26.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.26.09 am

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Lucky for us, one of the companies I do some website work for needed some upgrades at the same time we needed a new drip irrigation system. Lupton Irrigation does great irrigation work too. The barter system is the way to go! The water system is set up with 2 timers and zones. Eventually this will be expanded as we grow the size of our farm.
Daily Farm Pic 07.25.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.25.09 am
Our tomatoes with our new drip irrigation system.
The drip irrigation on the new patch.

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We grow several different salad greens. I don’t even know if we’re sure of all the varieties. Some are spicy, some sweet. They grow fast and if you continually harvest (as in 3-4 times a week) they won’t bolt and go to seed. It’s really nice to have our salad growing right out back. With our own cherry tomatoes on top, it can’t be beat.
Daily Farm Pic 07.24.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.24.09 pm
Part our salad greens garden.
Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes – they sure are sweet!
Today’s spoils…
Yummmmmm…

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We’re getting 3 eggs a day now. Not too bad with our 10 young pullets. It seems that Ravioli, Macaroni, and Cheese are our layers. Yep, those are the names of our Golden Comets. The other morning we heard one of them announcing her egg. It’s cute.
Daily Farm Pic 07.23.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.23.09 pm

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Daily Farm Pic – July 22, 2009 am
Peas growing from seed from another backyard farmer in Pflugerville.

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A new patch has been prepped and it’s ready for planting. Seedlings will be in within a few days.
Daily Farm Pic 07.21.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.21.09 pm
A new okra flower. We’re letting a few okra go to seed for next year.
The new patch. Too late for sweet corn? We could use some rain!
Our bell peppers are really doing well in the shade of the tomatoes.
The fig trees leaves have grown back just fine after a small bout with a rust fungus.