Friday, August 14, 2009
The garden is growing beautifully and we are enjoying success in both the garden and business of farming. The crop is
great and we have our first commercial customer, a local restaurant is buying everything that our small test garden produces.
We are also progressing nicely with the preparation of both the east and west new garden sites. For the west site, we
have begun and continue to work away at the demolition of the cattlepen and out buildings, check out the photo gallery for
pictures of last weekends barn burning. In the east garden plans are underway for what will be planted and the intallation
of a deer proof fence. We are blessed to have access to a wholesale garden supplier to purchase all the needed fencing,
irrigation and ground covers for next year. The bad news is that it is only August 14 and we are facing our first frost warning
the season. I covered the cucumbers and tomatoes tonight but everything else is at the mercy of the weather. We
have also had some crop failure, the chinese cabbage which I had high hopes for was overtaken by slugs overnight and went
to seed in less than 30 hours. In addition our beautiful litter of kittens all died last month from disease which could
not be prevented. We also saved a young crow, whom we named Russel, after a bad storm in July. He had blown from
his nest and was unable to fly so we cared for him, feeding him and keeping him safe from the cats. He now flys well
and lives comfortably in the garden, coming to swak at me when he wants a treat and keeping the cabbages free of butterflies.
A very eco friendly pesticide. Have a great day
8:16 pm mdt