Coming Along Nicely

Well Operation Mini-Farm is progressing.  This past weekend we got lots of work done on the garden!  We even got some free help from Savanna.  Well it wasn’t all free, I did buy her a Ginormous Cherry Limeade Slush.  She could barely get her hands around it, it made Lauren and her giggle.  We worked long hours in the sun and got nearly the entire garden mulched!  So now it looks pretty, and all the green you see are our plants.  Before it looked like rocky dirt with a bunch of weeds.

Herbs!

Cucumbers and The Two Trellis

Here is some peppers and Tomatoes and Cabbage and Broccoli

Tomatoes!!!

Lauren also did a kickass job on making her Sunflower garden! She build the edges, added soil, and planted her seeds!  Can’t wait for those to come up.  They are Titan sunflowers, the heads get up to 2 ft wide!

Lauren's Sunflower Garden of Awesomeness

And lastly, Savanna made us some awesome stepping stones for our garden.  They are really cute and make a great contribution.

Stepping stone #1
Stepping Stone #2

Still trying to figure out the Chicken coop.  Need to determine the dimensions, then start leveling the ground.  Then comes the fun part of spending lots of money at Lowes or Home depot!  So if anyone has some leftover wood, roofing material, plywood, osb boards, hardware cloth, or other building materials let me know!  We will pay you in eggs and veggies!

-Farmer Daniel

Master Carpenter! and plants update.

You read that right, I am on my way to master carpenter.  Ok, maybe just novice.  But I made a wooden pallet trellis and an awesome solid wood bookshelf.  Since we love to cook we have lots of cookbooks.  We were running out of room on our current bookshelf.  This prompted me to build a larger bookshelf!  Well I started it over a month ago, but finished it last night.  Now the next project, a chicken coop.  That bad boy is going to be a beast to build.  So if you want free eggs, feel free to contribute wood/labor to help me out!

Some of our plants are doing well, while others not so much, and some of them plain gave up.  We have lost 3 tomato plants, 1 eggplant (the other looks soon to follow), all of our herbs except our basil and one oregano.   The Arkansas Traveler tomatoes are doing very well.  As well as the cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cucumbers.  We also have some ripening fruit on out bushes in the front!

 

That is all for now.  Time to take the wife to Acres of Land for Lunch/Dinner!

-Daniel

Bird Update

Well the two little birds are doing well.  Mommy bird can get to them to take care of them.  Evidence is all the bird poo on our patio and in the nest.  Every time I go out side I can see mommy bird off in the distance making rude noises at me.  I guess for being too close to her babies.

Its raining now, which is good for our plants.  Our cucumber seeds have started sprouting, very exciting.  Now I need to start building the trellis for the second variety of cucumbers.  I think I am going to make them from a couple of pallets I salvaged.  Just lean them together and find a way to attach them.  Then attach some netting for the vines to grip!

That’s all for now,

Daniel

Daniel – Bird Hero

I took Daisy out for her morning potty today.  Walking out I hear all the birds chirping.  Most of them happy as can be, except for one.  I was about to head inside when there on the ground against our house, a poor baby bird.  It had fallen from a nest.  That nest being under our roof above our little patio.  There is a hole that a bird uses every year.  I will patch it for next year to avoid home destruction.  But back to this bird.  I went and got a ladder and gloves.  Picking up the bird (with Lauren holding the ladder), I lifted back to the roof.  It climbed up into the corner.  One of it siblings was blocking the hole so it couldn’t get into its nest.  I am sure its mother will help it soon.  Lauren and I have checked on it to make sure its still ok.  It is better off up there than on the ground, prey for a neighborhood cat.

You can’t really see the bird or the nest.  But you can see the little hole where the nest is inside.  I hope mommy bird can help its baby.

-Daniel “The Bird Hero”

Update:  Well I went back out and found 2 birds in the bushes… So time for a new plan.  I took one of our hanging flour planters.  Put some dead grass in it for bedding.  and put the birdies up off the ground.  I think the mommy knows where they are now. Took me a while to train her 😛  We will see how this goes.  Can’t be worse than the alternative, that being them getting eaten by a dog or cat.

Plants are grounded!

Well after long hours in the sun, and a few burned patches of skin, we finally have all of our seeds, seedlings, and plants into the ground!  What do we have in the ground you ask?  Well I will tell you! We have:

  • 19 Tomatoes (6 different varieties)
  • 16 Peppers (5 different varieties)
  • 6 Ground cherries
  • 2 Tomatillos
  • 3 Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 Cucumbers (2 different varieties)
  • 2 Eggplants
  • 3 Cabbages
  • 3 Broccoli
  • 6 Basil
  • 2 Parsley
  • 2 Dill
  • 2 Oregano
  • 7 Blackberry Bushes
  • 2 Blueberry Bushes (one more to come)

Here is our garden.  On the left you can see the tomato stakes.  You can also see the two rows of walking stones we put in.  Lauren like to run across them!

Here is our cabbage (top) and broccoli (bottom).  We bought the cabbage plants, the broccoli we started from seed.

Here is one of our little tomato seedlings, happy to finally be outside.

This is an old broken ladder we had in the garage (thanks to the previous owner).  In a moment of brilliance I (Danny) decided it would be a great trellis.  So I buried it into the ground and plant to staple some netting onto it for the cucumbers to grab onto.

Here is our row of Blackberry bushes in the front yard.

These are our two blueberry bushes, waiting for their brother to be planted.  When all is said and done, the three of them will be in a triangle pattern.

So this is our Mini-Farm!  More to come as it progresses!

-Daniel

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