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Monday, September 1, 2014

Raspberry picking awaits...Diary 9/1/14

September already!!! Guess what I need to get out there doing? Yep, raspberry picking! They are not as throney as most berries, but I still wear long sleeves because they lightly scratch you. After a hour, your skin is pretty annoyed and raw. The trick is to lift the branch of berries away from the rest and then pick, avoiding contact with the thorns of the other canes. The prize of ripe red raspberries is worth the sacrifice!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Diary 8/31/14

Chicory is certainly a pretty weed.
You can't pull it; the roots go down and spread out to hold tight to the dirt below and abstract the least bit of moisture they can find to survive on. They don't make a good cut flower, turning from their perky daisies of ice blue to a limp dull grey in hours. I roasted the roots many years ago,. It is a substitute for coffee. To grind the roots would take something of a ball mill, as they are rock hard. So, for now, I will enjoy them poking out here and their around the edges of the greenhouse and garden.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Diary 8/30/14

It was cool and cloudy this morning, so reminiscent of autumn. Though the clouds broke up in the afternoon, a steady breeze and the low temperature felt so great. Looking forward to a few days of cooler temperatures. If we can't have rain to relieve the dryness, at least cooler temperatures will help. Back from a break to giant zucchinis,
the lead berries on the raspberries, and a box of tomatoes to can. Really not as out of control as I might have expected.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Diary 8/25/14

It's Blackberry time at the old truck again. They lean off of the bed of the truck as a trellis making picking easier, once I cut down a few of the new killer canes trying to get me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Diary 8/23/14

When I went out to turn off waters this evening, I was met by 9 turkeys, 7 teenagers and two moms. Then 5 deer bounded away. In the olden days when we were a full fledged farm, seeing this abundance of wildlife would have horrified me. They all can devastate a garden.
 These days, I am much more sharing and don't get so annoyed. The turkeys were eating weed seeds and the deer were cropping back a patch of pigweed, so really they were all doing me a favor!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diary 8/21/14

Ut-oh!!! Look what I found in the orchard today...
Phew, a pretty butterfly clip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diary 8/21/14

The new chickens are settling in well. I do think the older girls are shunning them, but then they are young and fresh. They made it to the roost OK, but I could use a better set-up for them, tomorrow night. Fruit trees are going crazy. This white peach is loaded. I should have thinned them, but I have such a hard time picking who goes and who stays...