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The monster and I managed to do a lot of chores on the farm today. We added more to the new chicken pen. The poles are in concrete but with the windy storms around here, the roof will also need cable anchors to the fence. Plenty of other cleanup work was done as well as entertaining the chickens with hip-hop music.

The butternut squash are doing great with 3″ fruits already on the vines. We learned how to control the pollination so we can make sure to have pure seed for next season -squash are famous for cross-breeding.

Daily Farm Pic 08.30.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.30.09 pm

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Well, you might notice a jump forward in the blog emails. I got a little behind on posting the daily pictures and didn’t want to flood any email boxes. Everything is now caught up even though I missed this morning’s picture. We’re still adjusting to the new 1st grade schedule and this was our first Saturday to sleep in.

We had a good bit of rain this week. Not enough to recover from our drought but enough to cool temps and make our tomatoes and seedlings happy. The late-summer to fall garden is growing rapidly. Our broccoli and cabbage seeds have sprouted and will be in the ground in a few weeks. Onions and leeks were planted directly in the ground in a drier section of the garden. We’re really excited about our fall garden.

There’s going to be more construction work going on the gardens. Not only is the chicken pen growing and becoming permanent, but there will be small green houses going over several garden patches.

Daily Farm Pic 08.29.09

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Daily Farm Pic 08.28.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.28.09 pm
The start of the late-summer to fall gardens.
The tomatoes are loving the recent rains and slightly cooler tempuratures.

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Daily Farm Pic 08.27.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.27.09 pm
The squash handled the storm just fine.
The okra did not. Heavy winds blew it over.

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Daily Farm Pic 08.26.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.26.09 pm
Pumpkins
Butternut squash.

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Daily Farm Pic 08.25.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.25.09 pm
The pumpkins are already in bloom.
It rained!!!

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Daily Farm Pic 08.24.09