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The farm sure has been a busy place. Updates haven’t been made here in quite some time. Lots of updates have been going on with the farm though. We’ve expanded a bit in size and added a few more veggies to the mix. I will try to keep pictures better updated for everyone.

A new, small chick hutch was built as a staging point so they can eat some developer feed for a bit. That should help turn them into some nice egg laying hens. Unfortunately, we’ve been dealing with a few predators. Solved the problem with the cat eating chickens by installing a finer mesh screen for protection. Skunks however, don’t mind digging underneath the entire building. Last night, our local skunk decided it needed 3 chicks for dinner.

Peppers in the aquaponic system have been growing well but not producing as many peppers as the ground planted variety. The plants look a bit healthier but that is mostly due to less wind exposure. The hot, dry winds have been wreaking havoc on the front yard gardens.

Potatoes have been hilled several times. We should have a nice crop of purple potatoes this fall. Golden celery was also planted to experiment with. It’s handling the heat very well so far. The hardier of the plants will be left to grow out to seed for next season.

Watermelons are growing very successfully for us this year. Lots of mulch was key to keeping the soil moist for them. A few of the melons are nearly the size of an 8 year olds head. We should be picking and eating in just a few weeks.

Even in a drought, tomatoes can be over-watered. I managed to stunt their growth a little by keeping the soil too saturated which locked up some of the nutrients. After backing off for a few days and then adding a foliar feed spray, they’ve turned back around and started setting tomatoes again.

We’ve forgotten the name of these but they’ll just be Backyard Grapes for now. They’re ripening up nicely. We won’t have enough for wine making but we’re learning more about growing better grapes for the future.

In order to determine the best growing pepper for our yard, we’re growing 8 types. The jalapenos, serranos and bull nosed bells are all doing great. In fact, I’ll be pickling peppers this week as they’re producing quite a few peppers every day.

The raised-bed corn experiment is doing very well. Next year, we’ll need to make sure it’s in the ground 2-3 weeks sooner than this year. There won’t be a big harvest but it should all be pretty tasty.

One of the fig trees out front. Hopefully it will start setting fruit. This one hasn’t been a producer yet.

Here are a few bottles of the spicy kimchi I’ve made. All the recipes I could find varied with seasonings and vegetables. I decided to use what we had and make up my own pickling recipe. It is really tasty and will be a great way to save money. This much kimchi at the farmer’s market would be around $30. I made all of this for about $6.

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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 08.19.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.19.09 pm
A monstrous Okra Plant!

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Busy days on the Round Rock Funny Farm. Tonight, we’ll be the vegetables… on the couch… with a movie.
Daily Farm Pic – 08.17.09 am
Daily Farm Pic – 08.17.09 pm

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Some days there not much to be said about working on the farm. This is one of those days, so here’s some pictures. 🙂
Daily Farm Pic 08.04.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.04.09 pm
The corn is growing just fine.
Up close with a chicken.

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This weekend we went to Edom, TX for the Wooding! Our friends Mike and Danielle got married and hired Anne to be the photographer. You can see some of the Wooding pictures on flickr. The wedding was at Wood Haven Cabins and it was great. I managed to snap a few photos to make up for missing the daily farm pics at home.
Life begins in our garden daily.
Just a pretty flower, testing a ‘new’ $30 lens.
An awesome sight.. chocolate dipped strawberries covering a chocolate covered cake.
A really interesting old water pump.