The Farm, A Bug and One Pie

Here’s a few pictures from our farm visit last week.  We were a few weeks early to pick the raspberries, black raspberries, and  blackberries.  (bummer)

The Farm

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Let’s Ask Gary…Bug #2

This little bug looks like it has cotton hanging off the back of him and when you try to catch them, they jump very fast.  What it is?

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One Pie

Finally made a rhubarb pie using the red rhubarb I picked from the farm.  I’m not sure if I have ever even had rhubarb pie before, but we’ll be cutting into it this evening, so here goes…

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Green Stuff

So tired of the rain…and the humidity…and the rain.  But things are a growing.  Everything currently seems to be green, but at least it’s growing and we can eat it.  Here’s another round of photo catch up.

Rat Tail Radish

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Leeks Going to Seeds

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Here Come The Cukes

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The Peppa’

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The Boys Grew Their Own Broccoli

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First Front Yard Zucchini (and if you look real close on the lower leaf you’ll see a ‘spotted lady beetle’ Gary identified for us 🙂

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Trying a new trellis system for pole beans this year

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Real Red Rhubarb and One Red Bug

Out of town for a few days…down to the farm. Nothing like leaving your gardens for a bit to really notice the growth when you get back ( I hope).
While walking around the farm I found myself at ‘the old rhubarb’ patch. A little smaller than I remember it, but 1) still there and 2) still in good shape.
I’ve only had green rhubarb for so long, that it was cool to see the red variety.
I think I can safely and confidently say that this rhubarb is an heirloom variety, not to mention an heirloom, period.
(I’ll bring what I need next visit to bring home plants).

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And we’ll call this next section…
Let’s Ask Gary 🙂
I found this bug on the leaf of the rhubarb plant. It’s not a Ladybug/Beetle. Or at least I don’t think so. It looks like a spotted cucumber beetle, but red. So, Gary, what is it?

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Poor Flo

So last night…

On my way out to lock the girls in for the night, I could hear one of them basically ‘screaming’. I knew a raccoon was in the coop going after the eggs only to find Flo, whose gone broody and won’t get off the eggs/out of the box. On one if the rare nights I didn’t have a flash light I grab the recently broken shovel head and banged it on concrete…while screaming down the hill to the chickens that I was on my way, then ran back in the house to get the flashlight. With flashlight in left hand and shovel head in right, I ran down the hill…yelling choice words until I got to the metal garage cans that store the food and without stopping swung the shovel so the lid went flying off…making a horrible racket.
Well…Now I’m looking in and around the coop and I see black feathers everywhere and five freaked girls still on their roost. I see no raccoon, no Flo. Gosh Darn Bleep Bleep!

Good thing it’s been hot here…I assume neighbors had their windows close and A/C running because I did not get any calls or visit from the po-po.
I may have been a bit dramatic…

And then there were 5….

But wait….
Who do I see…In the dark, under the trampoline, face bleeding…Flo, lucky stupid half face chicken.

So I apparently scared the raccoon off before I went in to get the flashlight, but not before it grabbed Flo by the face.
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My weapon

1) I hate raccoons
2) Chickens are stoopid

Yay berries and a salad!

Yay…the black raspberries are a comin’! You stop watching them long enough, boom! they start to turn.

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Pretty sure these are the last of the strawberries

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Even then blueberries are coming along

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And last night we had a salad that consisted entirely of vegetables from the garden. Pak choi, peas, onions and broccoli.

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It’s been 2 weeks?…oops

Lots of things have been growing on (hee hee), but I guess I didn’t realize it had been that long. So lets play another round of catch up….

Last of the strawberries

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Lettuce from the lower garden, then transplanted into the upper garden

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Peas

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Errybody loves peas

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I left a few leeks in the garden…not so much for seed, but just to see the giant flower

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Black Tomato

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Beans

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Carrots

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Photos…aka quick way to catch up

Clematis

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Overwintered Leeks

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Cilantro

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Pick Axe works just as well as a Hoe

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Cucumber

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Cucumber

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Strawberries – Day Nine

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Blue Berry Blend Tomato

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Garlic

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Caprese Salad w/ First Tomato & Basil from Garden

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Lower garden ready to be planted. Sagan picking Peas…whether they’re ready or not

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Volunteer Heirloom Roma Tomato from last year

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Visitor in the ‘water feature’

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Potato Kitty

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Anyone else see his heart?

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Carrots and Swiss Chard

Very busy and productive weekend in the gardens. Tomatoes finally getting transplanted. Beans, peas, onions and carrots going in…pictures tomorrow .
And speaking of carrots, the following picture is what it looks like after you plant your carrot seed, go inside the house and a bad chicken decides to take a dirt bath in the same carrot bed.

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I replanted the carrots… after fixing the bed, but not before throwing a hanger out the window at chicken while yelling.
Yeah, I’m 12…

The first planting of carrots we did was much earlier this year when the hoop house was still up. We’re just now harvesting those carrots.

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We also started the “gosh, it grows so well, you can’t kill, and it looks so cool” Swiss Chard.
Unfortunately, it tastes like dirt. I’m up for any new recipe anyone has for Swiss Chard. I wanna like. I can grow it in between the cracks of our rock wall, so we’ve got the growing part if it down.
I just transplanted half the crop to the front flower bed 1) for looks and 2) for neighbors to help themselves. (The chard is on the far left in the first picture.)

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Strawberries & Rhubarb for reals

Yay for us!!! We finally get strawberries. Not like I got to eat one or two, but like “holy crap, go get me another container”. We all were able to snack as we, (I mean I) picked, had some for breakfast, and still have some left for strawberry rhubarb bars ( see below).
And don’t forget, We’ll have to pick again tomorrow. Yay!!

Day One

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Day Three

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Day Six

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And…we finally have rhubarb. We probably had it last year, but the chickens kept getting in the bed and leveling it…so honestly, I just didn’t bother. But screw’em this year, fencing up, and plenty of rhubarb. Thought about making a pie, but my neighbor sent me her rhubarb crumb top bar recipe…much better idea

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One of each

Hope everyone is having a good three day weekend. We BBQ’d our ribs yesterday and hotdog & chicken sausage tonight.. Didn’t eat until 9:30, but it was still good. ( oops).

Just a quick one tonight… Added to our ‘herd’ today. One boy and one girl. Now we’re back up to four cats. Jury’s still out on names. Will let you know when we finalize names. Right now the girl is ‘Pita’. (She came with it).

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