Friday, November 5, 2010

Our Little Farm Part 2

Hi Folks. I can't believe it has been so long. The fact of the matter is schooling, girl's groups, play practice and a much needed vacation is kept our family overloaded. All wonderful things, but you know how it is. Right?

What's been going on around here? Well unfortunately last night Farm Girl found old Gert ( one of our first chickens) dead. Just before we had a passel of ladies convening on the homestead to make apple pies. Not good timing. She was truly one of my favorites. She had a wonderful life here. Eating spaghetti, hunting frogs, bugs and children. She also gave us some wonderful eggs!

Farm Girl was a sad, but seems to be learning the ways of farm life. Saturday she is going to look at about 150 new chicks a friend of ours just got in. Maybe we can persuade Superman to get a couple ;)

Our garden is perking along. We are already harvesting collards for the chickens! We put in two rows in just for them. The weather has not been cooperative. We haven't had any rain (until last night) in the past month.
We are having Squirrel problems. Superman has hung cd's around the perimeter of the garden. They startle me at times, but I 'm not sure about the squirrels. They really like to eat the baby cucumbers and the almost all of the lima beans as they have come up. I would really like to find something that would keep them away from our house! Superman has ideas, but I don't think they are allowed in city limits :0

Here are some heirloom tomatoes. No blooms as of yet.

The lettuce had trouble. So I need to plant again. We are using a ground water system and the lettuce, kohlrabi and other really need to be hand watered for the first month or so. I haven't had a chance to replant and I'm missing the lettuce.

Hopefully this weekend we will get some fertilizer down, check for weeds. (Superman and the little chickadees pulled a bunch after our vacation.) Make more apple pies and lots of 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread!

We're trying decide on a ground cover for weed control. We've a free mulch in that past, but it's very big and chunky. Any ideas?


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