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Daily Farm Pic 09.08.09

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Daily Farm Pic 09.03.09
Corn, Pumpkins and Butternut Squash

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The monster and I managed to do a lot of chores on the farm today. We added more to the new chicken pen. The poles are in concrete but with the windy storms around here, the roof will also need cable anchors to the fence. Plenty of other cleanup work was done as well as entertaining the chickens with hip-hop music.

The butternut squash are doing great with 3″ fruits already on the vines. We learned how to control the pollination so we can make sure to have pure seed for next season -squash are famous for cross-breeding.

Daily Farm Pic 08.30.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.30.09 pm

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Well, you might notice a jump forward in the blog emails. I got a little behind on posting the daily pictures and didn’t want to flood any email boxes. Everything is now caught up even though I missed this morning’s picture. We’re still adjusting to the new 1st grade schedule and this was our first Saturday to sleep in.

We had a good bit of rain this week. Not enough to recover from our drought but enough to cool temps and make our tomatoes and seedlings happy. The late-summer to fall garden is growing rapidly. Our broccoli and cabbage seeds have sprouted and will be in the ground in a few weeks. Onions and leeks were planted directly in the ground in a drier section of the garden. We’re really excited about our fall garden.

There’s going to be more construction work going on the gardens. Not only is the chicken pen growing and becoming permanent, but there will be small green houses going over several garden patches.

Daily Farm Pic 08.29.09

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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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Daily Farm Pic 08.18.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.18.09 pm
Honey Bee on an Eggplant leaf.

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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….