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Daily Farm Pic 09.15.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 09.15.09 pm
Some corn.
A plump Butternut Squash

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We’re finally getting a little rain. Very little. That’s how it goes in Texas though. We’re experiencing a nasty dry spell, one of our worst droughts ever.
Daily Farm Pic 07.30.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.30.09 pm
A new sweet corn seedling. I think we planted with enough time to harvest before our first frost.

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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….

The Texas heat doesn’t seem to slow down much of our gardens. We’re keeping everything watered and the mulch is helping to retain the moisture in the soil.

The new patch should be finished by Sunday. We’ll be planting sweet corn and as much of it as the patch will support. We’re cutting it close to the end of the planting season for sweet corn around here.

Missed the morning picture 😦

The tomatoes are all starting to ripen. Now all we have to do is beat the birds to them in the mornings! We started to put mesh bags over the ripening ones to stop what we can. We’ll also be putting in some sort of scarecrow to see if that helps. Wish us luck.

Missed the morning picture 😦
Our first Homestead tomato!

The new section for grains has been cleared of grass and weeds. Next step is tilling and removing rocks. The first time we removed grass, we rented a sod cutting machine. It’s just as much work as the manual method so I saved the $90 and went to it with a shovel. After we remove rocks, we’ll be sprinkling molasses and watering it in. This should help to bring in earthworms and good bacterias.