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Daily Farm Pic 09.17.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 09.17.09 pm
More of the corn.
A tiny honeydew melon.

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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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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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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.

Aliens have landed in our tomatoes. Well, it looks that way anyhow. We had to do something to stop the birds from eating our tomatoes. The decision seems a little crazy but we now have small pieces of foil wrapped on our supports. It actually works! The birds weren’t in the gardens today and we ate some tomatoes!

Our eggplants are coming along nicely. The damage from the flea beetles has seemed to fade. I think the beetles can’t handle our recent Texas Heat Wave of 104+ temperatures. The leaf-footed bugs are using our sunflower as a shade bonnet but aren’t eating any of our veggies.