Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Rain Barrel Runneth Over

A recent installment on our farm is our rain barrel. Situated at the end of one simple gutter setup, it is constantly full with all the rain we have had. I haven't had to make a trip to the creek for water in ages. And while I miss my quiet moments being a 'water bearer', there are so many beds that when they require water, there's really no time to dilly dally.

Have you ever tried drinking rainwater? Our barrel is food grade (from the Coca Cola plant down the road) and we filter the water through a Brita filter before drinking it. Rainwater tends to be more acidic and it definitely tastes a little different but in a good, refreshing, harvesting your own water kind of way. 

Another recent installment is the grape arbor. 
Modeled affer gothic arches, my husband designed this himself including figuring out how to weave the string through a series of holes drilled in the PVC pipes that make up the arches. The Concord and Niagara grapes are planted at each corner and will be guided up the woven string and trained so the harvest can be easily gathered from the inside. It makes our little farm stand out a bit!
And finally......prepare for a cute attack! 
He designed and built bunkbeds for our two dogs and cat. 
Space saver for pets! Kitty will be queen with her palace on top. Short legged doggie goes on the bottom and long legged doggie goes in the middle. Can't wait for them to try 'em out!

Time to turn in ya'll. I will leave you with one of my calendula in bloom. Because wow what a beaut!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Harvest Diary

After enduring a million tiny pricks I came out on the other side of the zucchini beds with this:
Our third basket of zucchini with a couple sungold cherries along for the ride. And oh no what's this?
Found some late blight on our gigantic tomatoes. FIGHT THE BLIGHT! Doused them with copper. 

Fall is in the air today and on the way around I found three Tigger melons:
I saved the seed from these little guys 6 years ago!  They sprouted and are flowering like mad. A nice tiny melon if you don't have tons of room. But the big guys are really spreading:
Pie pumpkin
Delicata honey boat squash
And Cinderella pumpkins followed by
Weee baby acorn squash. Every time I turn around they're bigger than the last time!  And I did manage me some flowers this year. 
Larkspur, one of my favs. 
And Johnny jump ups for nostalgia. 
In a few more weeks things are going to get a lot more interesting around here as the tomatoes, basil and beans start coming in along with all these squash. Farmers market here we come!!