Saturday, August 25, 2012

around the farm


Squashes are all doing well this year.


The peppers are too, and are loving the wood chip mulch, which we steadily collect - two bins at a time loaded in the back of our car - each time we pass by the nice old man's tree business. Slowly, I'm applying more covering to the rest of the garden area in anticipation of next year. 


Harvesting calendula.


Thinning carrots.


Finally! Tomatoes are ripening.


Our baby fruits, strawberries and the first apples, picked and swiftly gobbled up.


Vultures. 


Planting in the cold frame - lettuce, mustard greens (which keep getting eaten by something - no matter where I plant them!), michilini cabbage, carrots, peas, and daikon radishes. 


The two spared freedom rangers turned pre-layers. (The very plump, darker one on the left you may recognize from here).


Sweet old papa goat. 
 

Signs of Autumn.

26 comments:

  1. I love the picture of the sweet one with her apple! Mine is doing the same thing. Every time we go outside she heads to the apple tree!

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  2. Lovely set of pictures. Our squash are doing well this year also but I have no idea what kind we have planted as the seeds were given to my father in law, and he forgot to ask.
    Your calendula are beautiful, are you planning on making something with them,

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  3. Beautiful photos. We're heading into Spring. I'm busy tidying the veg garden ready to plant out. Such a nice feeling :)

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  4. What beautiful calendula flowers! The chicken standing on the goat looks like she's contemplating an escape. Everything looks lovely, especially baby enjoying the harvest! :)

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    1. I think she was, but her rooster friend couldn't fly up that high, so she decided against it ;)

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  5. Love the chicken on the goat---too cute!

    Jealous of garden photos---I'll just pretend that mine is even alive.

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  6. what lovely photographs. that picture of the chicken on the goat is hilarious. :)

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  7. Love these pictures. We're growing pepper here too, for the first time. But our strawberries seem to be all squishy and rotting before they get chance to properly ripen. Love those first few signs of autumn. It's hotting up here. The magnolias are all out and spring is well and truly on its way.

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  8. Love the goat/chicken photo. Wouldn't that look cute on a calendar page?

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  9. Such wonderful photo's! Love your goat,what a beauty!

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  10. Love the pics Jaime!I have only ever seen vultures in movies etc so fascinating to see your photo!
    Your garden is doing so well and what a find getting that woodchip. Your chicken and goat put a smile on my face...yet again lol!

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  11. Jaime, do you dry your calendulat flowers? If so, how do you do it? I want to try a calendula salve this year. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Susan! Yes, I pick the petals off the flower heads and just leave the petals in a bowl on the porch to dry (and to allow the bugs to wander off!) They dry quickly, in less than a day.

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  12. Beauty, Jamie. In every single one.

    We just had our first strawberries. Oh yum, there is little better! We were traveling this weekend and noticing the aspens just starting to turn golden in patches. Fall already?! I love the autumn. It's probably my favorite season, but summer went SO fast.

    I tell this story to everyone, so maybe you've already been subjected to it... Did you know that when turkey vultures feel threatened they vomit? Talk about an effective defense mechanism! Think about what they eat?! One time, when doing an internship at the zoo, I got bit and vomited on...that's where I picked up this bit of trivia. Apparently I overstepped my bounds of familiarity. So he bit me. And threw up on me. The message was pretty clear. But, ever since I've always found them pretty fascinating. I love to watch them soar!

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    1. Beth, YOU are fascinating! I will now share that amazing bit of trivia with everyone I see. :) This vulture was feasting on a dead skunk, I think, so I feel very sorry for anything that threatened it after that!

      I so agree about summer this year - it flew. I adore autumn, too. And it is amazing how much strawberry flavor is packed into even the tiniest homegrown strawberry, isn't it?!

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    2. Well, thanks! Oooh, a skunk...yeah, steer clear of that bird! Fortunately for me vultures at the zoo the vulture are dead things, but not ROTTEN dead things....and especially not dead skunks!

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    3. A friend posted a graphic on facebook that made me think of our recent conversation on such. I hope the link works. http://imgur.com/gallery/dQnI8

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  13. Sorry to hear something is eating your tiny seedlings, try circling them with sawdust or fine wood mulch, snails and slugs will not cross a barrier of this type of stuff.....hope it works.

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    1. Thank you for that tip! I had been blaming the bunnies, but maybe it's actually snails!

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  14. Oh, I have to say, I am so jealous! What a beautiful harvest. I hope to ease into a big garden in the next couple of years.

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    1. Easing into it is such a perfectly wise plan! Go easy on yourself, too, sweet mama - you were busy growing a baby this year!

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  15. Do you have any more detailed photos of your cold frame? I'd love to see them if you do cause I've been obsessing over building some. You know how those obsessions go... ;)

    ps. your peppers do look happy.

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    1. Hi Mckenzie! It's nothing fancy - just a wooden base, metal frame, and plastic covering (old plastic with holes that needs to be replaced!) My dad built it and gave it to us when he got a greenhouse. I'll take some more pics when I get a chance and email them to you :)

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  16. Your farm is so beautiful and your photography is spectacular. I love the chicken standing on the goat...what a hoot!! My tomatoes are just now starting to ripen, too. We must live in similar climates:). The picture of your little one eating an apple...oh so precious:).

    Blessings,

    Julia

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  17. jaime, all of your photos are so amazing. wow - always such a treat stopping by your blog.

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