Independence Days Week VIII

Wow.  I would think that this time in between planting so heavily and harvesting would be a little more laid back, but workaholic that I am, I wear myself out most days anyway.

Plant:  more bush beans

Harvest:  garlic, rasberries.  The plant I bought from Lowes for $10, that my husband was really ticked off about, that looked half dead but I knew I could save with a little TLC, is the productive plant…the littler one, that I spent more than twice as much on, at a good nursery, hasn’t given us anything. I have to say, golden rasberries are pretty fabulous.  Gotta get more of these plants!  Oh, and one lone green bean, the first of the season.

The corn is about 6 inches high, doing well.  The asparagus continues to put out shoots.  Lots of cantaloupe blossoms, little cukes, eggplant, tomatoes.

Preserve:  sage, dried in my dehydrator without any power.

Eat the food:  eggs, rasberries, lettuce, nasturtiums, and one lone green bean.

Build community food systems:  not exactly.  Had friends over for the Solstice, talked garden stuff, sampled some amazing scotches, watched silly TV shows (anybody ever heard of the Red Green show?), gave thanks for the bounty we have.

Cleaned up the yard a great deal — got rid of the wheelbarrow that the wheel is flat on, and the barrow is plastic and cracked.  Made a gate for the chicken yard, which is a thousand times better than the bricks and piece of 4 x 4 wood that we were using to keep the end of the fence against the shed, which we had to remove to pull the fence back every time we wanted in or out….THAT got old fast.  One of the Home Depots in Phoenix had a clearance sale on a wrought iron gate that was supposed to be a two gate set, that someone broke up, so I got it for $4.  Total cost $16 for all the pieces.  Admittedly it doesn’t have a latch, but I have a piece of wire looped over the top of the gate that also loops over the post, and it works just fine.

I bought the new updated edition of Gene Logsden’s Small Scale Grain Raising.  Absolutely a must for the small farmer.  I HIGHLY recommend this book, even if you consider yourself merely a gardener — if you have any type of livestock such as chickens or rabbits this book will help you get a leg up on producing much of your own feed.  I definitely plan to re-read this one, and to put it to good use.  I would rather produce as much of my own feed as possible for my chickens as well as my family.  Especially after the organic feed I bought for them went rancid after only a month, and I had to buy more.  What a waste, especially with the price for it!

We bought a gazebo.  It’s in pieces in the side yard, because we had to paint the back of the house before we could put it up, and I want to build the patio before we put it up.

I want bunnies!  I have been searching for a solid year for a local source of Angora rabbits…now that I finally find one, and she has several available, DH says no.  Hmmmm….I’ll just have to work on him like I did for the chickens.   Or just nag him til he says go ahead, you’re going to do it anyway (that’s what he said when I went to the livestock auction with my friends anyway — and I didn’t even buy a pig).

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