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Well, the farm is going to be growing (haha) quite a bit. I approached the church behind our house about using some of their empty flower beds and empty lot to grow vegetables in. The beds have been grassed over for years, the empty lot is just that, empty. This morning, they had a vote and decided to allow us to till and plant the flower beds to show them what we can do. The Round Rock Funny Farm is adding 400+sqft to it’s growing space! I’ve got to get it tilled, fed and mulched pretty quickly so it will be ready for a fall garden. The idea behind the potential use of the larger lot (4400+sqft!) would be to plant native plants and flowers as well as have a vegetable garden and donate 25% of the produce to the church members or a food bank of their choice.
Here’s a snapshot of the plan I’ve laid out for the initial fall garden. (I’ll tell everyone more about  the “Tenth Acre Farms” part another time)

I’ve also put together the layout for most of our backyard. It’s crazy just how much we have going on back here. The front yard is growing a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, corn, squash and eggplants. Eventually, we’ll also have artichokes, olive trees and more fruit trees.

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All the veggies on the farm are growing well in this heat. We had a short ‘cool’ snap of of weather in the mid to upper 90s. It was nice but too short. We’re definitely ready for the cooler weather and growing broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and many other veggies for the fall.
Daily Farm Pic 08.12.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.12.09 pm
The drip irrigation system at work.
The Chocolate Cherokee tomatoes are tolerating the heat pretty well.
Some Red Velvet Okra going to seed. We plan to grow more of this next year.
The skies got a little dark and stormy but only gave us a few drops. 😦

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We’re doing more work to prepare for our fall garden. It’s taking a lot of planning to make sure we rotate our crops and properly mix compatible plants near each other. More seedlings will be ready to go in the ground in the next 2 weeks or so. The tomatillos are looking nice but still no signs of broccoli sprouts.

The pumpkins, butternut squash and honeydews are all growing well. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some rapid growth from them as the days are shortening. I sure am ready for homemade pumpkin pie with eggs from our chickens and pumpkins from our garden!

Daily Farm Pic 08.11.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.11.09 am

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The skies teased us a bit today. Some nice, dark clouds rolled in overhead and we only got a few drops of rain.
Daily Farm Pic 08.09.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.09.09 pm

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The tomatoes have perked up a good bit. The short ‘cool’ break we had combined with a little bit of rain gave everything a kickstart. If the weather keeps it up, I’m sure our fall gardens will be great this year too.

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If you love good, homegrown fresh produce, please email your state senator and ask him/her to vote NO on HR 2749!
Daily Farm Pic 08.06.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.06.09 pm

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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