The City Girl Farmer


What Season Is It?
October 23, 2009, 8:48 am
Filed under: Weather | Tags: , ,

This is just wrong.  We were less than a month into autumn when we had a wee little storm blow through.  This is what it looked like this morning, two days later, after it had a chance to melt a little.

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Thomas got a Fixer Upper
October 19, 2009, 9:29 pm
Filed under: Toys | Tags: , ,
Thomas sitting on bike

Thomas sitting on bike

One more post to bring us a little closer to the present before I call it a night.  Thomas picked up a Yamaha XS 350 for $250 on e-Bay.  It is missing a seat and a kick starter but is in good shape other than that.  This is HIS big project.  Take a look at the happy boy and his bike.

Cool '70's colors!

Cool '70's colors!

Boy with cheesy grin

Boy with cheesy grin



Harvesting
October 19, 2009, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Garden | Tags: , , ,
One of my "stealth zucchinis"

One of my "stealth zucchinis"

Of course one of the things that kept me from blogging was that the garden started to need serious attention.  This is a picture of me holding a zucchini that hid from me in order to avoid harvest.  As you can see, I finally caught it.  Considering the hail and how unseasonably wet it was, we had a great harvest.

Some carrots

Some carrots

At the high point of the harvest, I loaded up a basket to sell at the home school dance.  It was really yummy.  Looking forward to more next year.

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Basket of vegetables, herbs and eggs



Chicken Coop Renovations
October 19, 2009, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Chickens | Tags: , ,

One of the projects we started was renovating the chicken coop.

Old nest box

Old nest box

The old nest box was quite deteriorated and just awful to clean.  I came across and idea perusing other people’s blogs and decided to build new nest boxes with cinder block, boards and dishpans.  Sounds like a redneck solution, I know but it is much easier to clean and I enjoy chickens much more when they don’t stink.

boxes screwed onto board

boxes screwed onto board

We fixed some broken/missing slats where they roost and added some new roosting area as well.  We currently working on a new front door and hope to have that done by the end of the week.

New slats

New slats

chickens investigating boxes

chickens investigating boxes



Hail Storm
October 19, 2009, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Garden | Tags: ,
Our neighbor's daughter holding a hail stone

Our neighbor's daughter holding a hail stone

hail stone

hail stone

I know it’s October, but I’m catching up from a very busy summer!  We had a pretty spectacular hail storm a couple of months ago that scarred up some of the tomatoes and zucchini.  We were on the very edge of it and you’ll just have to imagine what golf-ball sized hail sounds like on a metal roof.  We had some minor damage to the glare guards on our car and that was it.  A half mile up the road our neighbors are getting new roofs and new siding, not to mention having their cars fixed.