Sunday, July 06, 2008

plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches

our little garden is suffering. the tomato black leaf spot is rampant. the hail really did a number. it opened a zillion little sores on our plants and they are succumbing to diseases that they normally out race until the fall.

i have ordered serenade per danielle's suggestion--i'll try anything. i researched the active ingredient Bacillus subtilis.
the story behind it's discovery is quite interesting--albeit involving nazi's eating poo. this row faired the best and hopefully with the help of serenade will flourish.

we harvested the onions. tabitha says that some of them might keep for a little while.

any onions that are questionable will be dehydrated. i plan to build a solar dehydrator. i might get to start working on that today.

we drove to arkansas and bought two and an half bushel of peaches. they have seconds for half price. we'll make peach preserves from them.

we have our work cut out for us. i finished the second (portable chicken coop(PCC))

--tabitha hates the term chicken tractor. the original one is so inferior that i was compelled to get this one ready immediately.

see the cow-stomp bent pipe? bad cow. these twelve boys are queued for butcher tomorrow.

here is the new gate that i built last week for boca.

here it the feeder that i also slapped together.

it is covered from the weather and holds about 2/3 of a bale of hay. now if could just keep the hens from laying in there. once she is gone i'll just keep a cozy nest there and check it daily too.

we butchered four chickens last weekend. they were kinda small but we needed to knock a chunk out of the huge task ahead.

the kids are ready to eat them right now.

the puppies are doing really well. the kids love them. they are amazingly behaved and easily trained. they bark at us after dark when we go down to the pasture.

rocky soil?

kassi teaching henry to be patriotic.

luna, cute as a polar bear cub.

extended breast feeding runs rampant here.

ending on an up note our pole bean arches are glorious this year.
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