The new fence

Today the farm entered the 21st century. We had the front fence, which has been made of wood for as long as I can remember — possibly back as far as 200 years — replaced with a brand new vinyl fence. We kept the old-fashioned four rail look even though the subdivision across the street put in three rail. It…

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Flood damage

I’m tired of gardening!!! It’s been five months of pretty steady labor and heat, and I’m getting tired. I’m so sick of gardening I didn’t even want to pick tomatoes at Del’s on Friday. I’m just sick of it. This has been one of my best gardens ever harvest-wise, but it has also been one of the most challenging with…

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The carrots sprouted!

The carrots have sprouted! I am thrilled! I thought maybe I had killed them by neglecting to water them at first. Both the carrot seed tape and the loose carrot seeds sprouted. Hooray! I planted put the first of the fall plants: kohlrabi, radish, onion, leeks, celery, and broccoli. I got some beans and a Cherokee Purple and a Marvel…

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Beautiful morning

It was stunning outside today! We finally got some rain last night, which was a big relief. This morning when I went to go pick up the girls from Seminary the dew and mist were coming up in the fields. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We are so beautifully situated here: I went out and worked in the garden…

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Re-Return of the groundhog

These blasted groundhogs are making me crazy. Where the heck are they coming from? Are they like cabbage patch kids — sprouting up under a leaf somewhere? For real, how can there possibly be so many groundhogs in this world? I started a compost heap in the old cut flower bed, and two greedy groundhogs have moved in the burrow…

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A bear sighting!

Jared, Sydney, and I were driving home today after a lunch at Eileen’s, when Sydney and I thought we saw a bear in the five acres! Jared turned the van around and went to investigate. He got this beautiful picture of our bear: I spent the day getting sunburnt while power washing the front porch, steps, railings, and front sidewalk.…

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Not much to report

Today it’s supposed to thunderstorm. I wasn’t sure whether or not to spray, but I did it anyway just in case the storms miss us. The tomatoes and beans are looking very good! I picked 5 unripe tomatoes and accidentally knocked a green one off in the process. Oops. I figured they better come inside or they’d split in the…

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RIP Better Boy

That Better Boy shriveled up and was looking even worse today, so I picked off the 5 green tomatoes it sported and pulled it up. The roots were in good shape, so the foliar disease seems to be what killed it. I had hoped to be able to save it, but I just wasn’t able to. I lost two of…

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Houston, we have a problem

Well, today is the first day I know I can’t possibly use up all the ripe tomatoes I have. Almost all of the tomatoes I picked yesterday or this weekend ripened overnight: It’s raining lightly but steadily today, so I can’t really do much in the garden. I did go ahead and stake up the two thinned tomato plants and…

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My Brandywines bring all the boys to the yard

What is with the Brandywines??? For real, little critters! What is the deal? You creep into my garden, ignore the riper cherry tomatoes Romas and Early Girls, and go straight for the Brandywine. I mean I’m glad you’re leaving the Cherokee Purples alone, but for real, what is the attraction to Brandywine? It’s like crack for critters or something. It’s…

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This day five years ago

Five years ago I grew my own tomatoes from seeds and grew a couple of unusual heirlooms that I got from C&T. I remember the persimmon and pineapple tomatoes were particularly good. The tomato plants were dying by time I put this picture up. I think this is all that I got that year. I can’t remember if this was…

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