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    08-03-2012, 11:38 PM
Beautiful pictures!!!

The heat wave got our squash and tomatoes. It also killed our fushia plants. The grass is holding up ok.
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    08-04-2012, 04:43 AM
Lockwood, hope your kiddo gets to feeling better!
I just wanna squeeze those ducklings, so cute! Wow! What a flock.
Are those flowers blooming NOW? So lovely! I do have some pink ladies jumping up, out of rock hard dust. They've lost their charm... I'll take a picture, pretty funny contrast!

Hang in there, hope it doesn't get as dry up there as it is here. We are hauling over 1,000 gallons of water up the mountain a week. We put in the holding tank, then our well gave out. It's getting less than 20 gallons a day. There has been a tiny bit of rain in the area but our little mountain range acts like a wedge and splits the storms. Complete disaster. Poor horses, they are so dusty but I don't have the water to give them baths. I lost my plum tree, it's completely dead. Hope yours recovers! I bet mine was well over 30 years old, I'll have to replant it.
I did hike the hills and eat some yummy "wild" peaches today, may need to can some... They are white and really weird, super fuzzy but sugar sweet!

Chickens are happy, with no grass the grasshoppers are easier to catch! Killed some egg theiven skunks that were burrowing under the run and getting in the coop. I hated doing it, they were so cute. But I wasn't about to go in the coop and get sprayed!

Garden is a gonner, next year will hopefully be better. Lost the carrots, the tomatoes ARE STILL ALIVE! Just soooo thankful for what we got. I'll try some different tomato varieties next year, have you ever done the Cherokee Purple tomatoes? Again, DH is a major purist, if not I'd have a rainbow garden. Have you ever tried planting borage with your tomato plants and strawberries? Heard that chickens like to eat it too.

See, dreaming of next year! This was a total bust!
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    08-04-2012, 03:16 PM
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Thanks Fly- he is holding down fluids so far today and I think my sanity is creeping back.
I truly hope and pray you get some rain your way. It was as dry here and I was feeling it bad!

Um, I think all of those pics were from the last week or so, but below are ones I took this morning (while looking for more sanity )

The first are one of the alpaca pastures and the mini ravine that opened up from the flash flooding. The ground was so dry that when the severe storms came through a lot of soil washed down the pasture.
Much of the rain we have gotten finally has been severe storms, downpours, and hail. They hit so hard that it is far more than the ground can soak up so the crevice is much larger in person and obviously as soon as I can I’m going to have to section off the pastures so I can re-seed them this fall and winter.

The winds flattened all of the gladiolas, the hibiscus, the squash and tomatoes. I did the best I could to tie them up and some survived.

Behind the red flower pic is the tank in the back of the truck.
I was hauling in about 250 gallons every other day for over a month just to keep the animals and the gardens alive. Then there was the fun part of getting it to where it needed to go.
My well is shallow and gave up after just two weeks into the dry spell. There was just enough water to flush the toilet and wash hands…that’s all.

I had to pile up the unimportant laundry and what I had to have for myself and the kiddo was taken to a friend’s house. Thankfully I used to backpack and camp for years, so I had the supplies for outdoor solar showers and bucket baths…… although I think my youngster enjoyed living that primitively far more that I did.

Anyway, the last pic is the yard this morning. The dead patches are goner for sure so I’ll re-seed those areas too.

Sorry to hear about your plum tree. Thankfully mine was only 6... Can you imagine the stories those old trees would tell us if they could only talk? The history that tress has seen…. I really hope it rallies and comes back next year.

Celeste- Glad to hear your grass is holding up! I take it your pastures are ok too? I hope so.
Sorry about the garden and fuchsia plants… were there a lot of them?
I know the one hummingbird visitor I had was very confused after the worst of the storms destroyed the glads and hibiscus he/she was living off of. Poor thing kept flying around trying to find them. The survivors are blooming now, but I haven’t seen the humming bird again.

Tomatoes- While I haven’t grown the Cherokee Purples, I have eaten them along with Black Krim…… de-lish!
The true heirlooms I have tried to grow so far just haven’t done well for me, save for the roma types. I seem to need hardy stock as I am not the most diligent gardener.

There are some low acids toms that are red and you might be able to fake out the DH as they look just like typical hybrids. The yellows and orange ones make the best Honeyed Tomato Butter too. (Maybe the promise of that will be enticing enough to try??)

Although I do companion planting when I can, I haven’t tried borage yet.
I had all these plans this year to try some new or neat garden things, but it didn’t quite work out that way. (Wonder why?!?)

What toms I am growing are actually self seeded from last year because of the mild winter. My seedlings didn’t come up well, so I just went with what was already growing and added my yellows to them. Makes for a messy tom patch, but hey… it saved me some work.
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    08-04-2012, 03:28 PM
I only had three fushia plants, but they were glorious. I should have brought them in when it started getting to 100 degrees. I kept them watered.
    08-04-2012, 08:18 PM
Ohhh I adore fushia Celeste!

Yuck, isn't it crazy not having water? We were going down to my MIL's for showers, like you son E thinks it's great just getting hosed off! When she was little we didn't have a tub so she took her baths in the kitchen sink.
Hope you get decent rain not more gully washers (creators)!
    08-04-2012, 08:21 PM
One year a fabulous crop of yellow and green beens suddenly began losing it's leaves, thanks to the mexican bean beetle. I carried one chicken to the garden and when the others saw her movements they hurried over. Within a few days they had cleaned out all the beetles and continued to do garden patrol daily thereafter. The plants recovered and there was a bumper crop of beans.
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    10-19-2012, 01:48 PM
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I’m playing hooky from my work load today…
I have been wanting to get back to this thread for quite some time now, but it has been a super busy fall (as IF there has ever been a fall that wasn’t busy for a farmer) and one filled with some extra stressful events. Between last week’s fiasco (see Parenting thread about explosion) plus a week of trying to put my son back together, and last night’s dinner disagreeing with me, my tummy has sent me over the edge.
Momma is nauseous, tired, and worthless today so I’m having a date with the couch, a blanket, and the computer.
This means pictures!

By gosh carrying all those water buckets this summer really paid off! As of today I have potatoes and more carrots to dig, swiss chard coming out my ears, the broccoli is still producing (can’t believe it survived!) the cauliflower is really coming on strong, some hearty herbs still going and one little clump of tenacious flowers fighting hard to keep flowering.

Since Thanksgiving isn’t far away, something I am extremely thankful for is that I was able to first grow, then can, preserve, dry, freeze, and store enough veggies for an entire year for my son with enough left over for me. Well, still trying to get it all put up.
And, I was able to raise/secure enough natural home raised or grass fed (from friends) meat too, which is a first for me!
Yay! No grocery store bland fare for us for a while!
18 Bourbon Red turkeys that I hatched and raised here (well, the hens did the hatching part) and pork, meat chickens, and beef that I traded for with close friends. I know exactly how theses animals were raised (very humanely, and with help for me) and every single thing that went into their mouths….. which is a biggie for my son’s health.

Anyway… on to the pics-
Broccoli- green on green pic equals bad idea, so you can‘t see that is the size of a basketball.
Fordhook Swiss Chard
Pink Cosmos
Green and purple cauliflower
Pumpkin and winter squash (my first real pumpkins, not just little gourd ones.)
Rainbow Swiss Chard (Yipee, more Chard )
And Toms.
Besides the toms, these were all taken in the last few weeks right up to yesterday-
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    10-19-2012, 01:54 PM
^YUM! I'm getting ready to can the rest of my pears. I've made lots of sauce & butter, now to can slices for my little monster.
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    10-19-2012, 02:22 PM
Way to go!! That broc and cauli look sooooo yummy!
Must see photos of the toms! You are my HERO.

I threw in the towel. Still getting tomatoes, da#m things just keep growing and producing! I'm wrapping the greenies in paper and putting them up in the barn... Should be red in a month or so. That will be a nice treat!
Ate up all my potatoes and onions :(, doing 5X's as many next year.
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    10-19-2012, 03:33 PM
Oh, wanted to add... Girl kick your feet up! You deserve it!

After last weeks festival and the weeks prior I am EXHAUSTED, DH & DD had colds this week so I had to play nurse and super cold chef. I also scrubbed the house top to bottom, especially the bath rooms, eww. Today DH made me go back to bed after I drove DD to her car pool. I SLEPT UNTIL 11!!!! I jumped up like a freak 11 on the dot and started scrambling to get the chores done, nothing died!

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