The greenhouse has been getting a few upgrades. There are now three 100 gallon ponds. The aquaponics has been a great success for herbs, lettuces and other green veggies. I experimented with peppers but the peppers we grew in the ground far outproduced the aquaponic plants; easily 10 to 1. Yes, it is a lot easier to grow in the aquaponics system but the harder work has been well worth it.

Genovese Basil in the Aquaponics

We purchased a gallon of habaƱero peppers from Two Happy Children Farm. This was a variety we didn’t grow. Next season we will have these as well as Poblanos that we missed out on growing.

Two Happy Children Peppers

The peppers were turned into an amazingly hot but delicious Fire Sauce. I came up with a few inappropriate names for it but decided to keep it clean.

Round Rock Funny Farm Fire Sauce

Our quail have hatched. We have 12 baby Seven Bobwhite Quail running around the brooding box. They don’t seem to eat as much as baby chickens but they sure run a lot faster. Our plan is to breed them and keep 25-30 around to be used as food for the dog and kiddo. The eggs should be yummy combined with sushi too.

The first hatchlings

So tiny!

We’re having a rockin’ summer here on the Funny Farm. The heat is blazing and it’s the driest summer we’ve had since the Farm started. It’s not stopping us though. Hand watering the gardens has been taking 2-3 hours per day.

The heat has brought out the predators too; we’ve lost a few chickens. I will be building some simple snares to catch whatever has been dining on free meals.

Our quail eggs arrived and put in the incubator right away. The hatching date will be August 6th or 7th. The intention is to have quail eggs for meals and breed the quail to help feed the dog and kiddo.

Seven Bobwhite Quail eggs

Our rooster is huge. Over 10 lbs and quite protective of his girls. I’m sure he’s left a few scars on the animal that is taking a hen here and there.

R.L. (Rusty’s Lunch) our Rooster

Our pepper experiment has worked out a little too well. I selected 8 varieties to see which tastes we like and how well they grow. All but two plants have done extremely well. The cubanelles (think pizza peppers), are almost 5 feet tall and producing new peppers everyday. All of the varieties will be grown until November or so of this year.

A day’s harvest of mixed peppers

Mackenzie took a beekeeping class while she was home for a week during summer break. Round Rock Honey offered a nice deal on a kids’ Bee Keeper Discovery Camp. She had a lot of fun and managed to get really close to thousands of bees.

Our new beekeeper

Bees getting drunk on honey

Honeybee brood comb with the queen at center

This post was started weeks ago, had to get it finalized. Expect another post shortly with pictures of our baby quail!