Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nearly October

Hello, all. I promise I have not dropped off the planet. Busy week last week. 'Tis the time of year for pretty fall weeds to bloom on the farm:
Ned has been sick. We thought he'd been snake-bit, but instead he'd scraped his chest on some sharp farm object, developed a bit of an abscess, felt quite puny, visited the vet, been on meds, and nearly recovered. He loathes being on a line instead of free in his field.
Our cayenne pepper plants finally decided they would do something with their lives.

Aren't they pretty? 
And we have a couple other not-so-fiery pepper plants that are performing.

The white peppers and some deep black/purple ones come from those two plants.
Did you see those tomatoes up there? Yep -- we still have a handful coming in! 
We have two plants still bearing:
One is (I think) a Black Plum, and it's large with lots of fruit, but ...
Its fruit rots on the vine. Meh. Not planting that one again.

This other one, however, is doing well. Its fruit is good. Not too shabby for Nearly October! And considering that my first tomato was eaten on June 1st -- four months of tomatoes!
Adam planted sweet peas in the old tomato beds.
He used leftover peas from spring in the bed above, and only two plants came up.
But in the bed below he used new Wando peas from the farm store,
 and they've come up much better.

Our asparagus is doing well for its first few months! 
I love it when things I started in the greenhouse actually succeed.

This is a crazy volunteer gourd plant on an old cucumber trellis.
I'm hoping since these gourds have good ventilation and sun, they will ripen and not rot.
Adam also put in some lettuces and collards for the fall. 
Some are in this long raised bed. You can just begin to see them.
These are in the old hoop bed where lettuces were before.
 I think we'll have some autumn salads!
We've had a bad watermelon year. All of them so far had blossom end rot -- 
low calcium in the soil, we think. These last two look good so far, 
but Ned will probably eat them when he can roam around again.
We also valiantly tried a few more bean plants. We had no success with beans this year. 
But these couple of vines seem to be healthy.
 However, I'm not gettingmy hopes up about actually eating beans from them.
Beans have disappointed me too many times before!
Our two horseradish plants look quite happy.
Adam had some dirt in the back of his truck -- good, compost dirt -- 
and he dumped it out on this piece of plastic. 
A few days later we noted that many little
 squash/cucumber/gourd seedlings arose from it. 
It is too late in the year for you poor little things! We will not let you grow and vine your way around half the yard.
The chickens are good. The bees are good, if not overburdened with honey stores this wet year. The worms got too hot in August (didn't we all?), and their numbers declined sharply. We will replenish our population of worms.
That's it from the farm!


  1. Sweet peas! Nice! I love reading about the farm! I hope Ned gets all better soon!

  2. Always nice to read your interesting news from the farm.

    Hope Ned is soon all well. I'm sure he's chomping at the bit to be free to roam once again.


  3. Wow, so much is still going on. It is a joy to see your garden through the seasons. By sweet peas I think you mean edible, not the flower? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_pea

    I had forgotten about your worms, and also forgotten that *I* want to have worms! It will all happen in time, I suppose.... I'm sorry to hear that yours are diminished. Several people at church raise worms so I should be able to learn from them whenever I make room in my garage or back yard. I want to feed them my kitchen scraps.

  4. Bless Neal's little heart! Glad he is doing better. Y'all's crops still look really good! I have plans to plant one of our really large garden areas in early spring; we had to add good dirt to it. We believe that a combination of over-using the soil for tobacco all those years before we bought this place and selling off some of the topsoil had rendered the space useless. Chickens and donkeys and dog are all doing very well. I get five or six eggs every day and give them away to friends at church.

  5. Your farm's seasons are fascinating to watch. I've got gobs of tomatoes, but they've only been ripening for about a month. So thankful we still haven't had any frost/freeze. I hope your lettuces and peas will be happily growing this fall.


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