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Monday, October 27, 2014

Working on the farm house.

Well the crops are all in.
 Had a nice haul on the potatoes and carrots.
 Bought a dehydrator and of course had to start playing with it right away.
 But it was also time to start working on the floors and eventually the kitchen.  The wee pup is almost ready to crawl and we wanted to get rid of our nasty carpet and put in a nice wood floor.
 The one thing I'll say about my house is that when ever I think I've seen it all I find something new to shake my head at.  I think these tiles were put here to help level the floor for the carpet.  This corner is where the previous owners had a wood stove.
 Luckily most of the living room was fairly level.

 However once I got to the hallway I found more surprises. I forgot to take a before picture, but they had dug up the waterline or gasline, something and there was a big elevation difference so I decided to do a self leveler in the area.

 Over all it turned out great and made for a great surface to lay the flooring on.

 Still have to floor the babies room and in a couple weeks tear out the kitchen for new floor and cabinets as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rambling and Brambling

The raspberry bramble in the yard has by far been the best and most consistant producer on the farm.  We routinely take well over 5 gallons of berries off a year and probably way more than that.  We already made a huge batch of jam with last years leftovers and some of this years crop.

 I thought it would be fun to show the progression of the summer all over the farm and lets start with our raspberries.
Early June. We had just got back from our whirlwind family visit in the lower 48 and I started to go to work on the yard. One of the first things I did was put up some fencing to help rein in our bramble. I also did quite a bit of pruning and next year I'm not only going to do a good prune, but I have a bin of compost ready to fertilize these guys.
By late June the Bramble is in full swing and made the bees very happy with all it's flowers.

By mid July new canes are starting to pop up and we are already harvesting fruit.
By mid August the new canes have come up and the bramble is getting really bushy.  Those canes should be big producers next year.

Here we are at the end of August and the weather is starting to turn cooler at night.  The fruit producing cane's leaves are starting to turn.  Still quite a few berries left in the bramble I just hope we have a little while longer to harvest.

Monday, September 1, 2014

8-30-14 Farm Update

End of the month update.  We just did a big rhubarb harvest.  Starting to get a little colder at night and looks like our season is rapidly approaching

 The raspberries have been productive again this year and the new canes look really healthy. Should mean another great year next year.
 Even with the late start the taters are looking good.
 We've had a great supply of lettuce all summer and the beats are almost ready.
 Even with only one pea fence we've gotten a great crop and the carrot tops are the largest I've ever seen in the garden.
 This yellow wax chili pepper plant has done alright in the green house and the scotch bonnet is also doing pretty good.
 Really sunny the morning I took these but the green beans have been producing like mad.  I've probably put away over 5 pounds in the freezer and we are still regularly eating them with dinner.
 Our three cherry tomatoes are doing good to and those tiny little tomatoes are oh so sweet.
 We're also finally getting a nice crop of cucumbers.  The variety this year is the Boston Pickling Cuchs and are very tasty, just not very big.  Should have enough to make a few batches of pickles.
 The yellow and green zuchs are also doing well as is some of our front yard cabbage
 A couple nice yellow Zuchs

And a few nice green ones.

Well that's it for now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 12th Farm Update

Been awhile since I had a good post of the farm. So lets take a walk around.

Looking in the greenhouse it's become quite a jungle.
Green beans are going really well. I've already packed away a few pounds and had many, many with dinners.
 The tomatoes have once again topped out in the green house.  We have lots of flowers and tons of small tomatoes, but we'll have to see if any ripen.
 The cucumbers have taken over their corner as well and we've been pretty diligent on pollinating.  We finally have a couple that have set.
 Got a couple pepper plants starts from a friend, I'm not sure what kind they are only I was told they are hot.  And we've already got a couple.
 Out in the beds everything is growing good.  The lettuce continues to be harvested, the beats are coming along nicely and this is our 3rd or 4th round of radishes.
 You can also congratulate Jon here. He was recently promoted to General.  General shithead and has taken that corner of the box as his own.
 The peas and carrots are both doing great.
 The peas have already topped their fence once again and even with only one pea fence this year I think we'll have plenty.
 Taters are blooming which is always a good sign.
 The bramble has really bushed up.  We've taken a couple gallons off of it already and there are tons and tons more to come.

 All the zucchini and squash plants are doing well and producing lots of fruit.

 We even had a few cabbage take and survive out front.
 There's a nice zuch there.  We've taken a lot of the smaller fruit that didn't set and have been eating them pretty constantly. Should be another good year all around for these guys.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014

Temperatures here in Anchorage have remained about normal if not a little on the cool side and we've had a nice mix of sun and rain, so even though we got a late start a lot of our stuff is going strong.

 The peas are flowering, the carrots are already pretty tall and need a little thinning.
 The lettuce and spinach have been enjoyed for weeks now and we area already on our 2 and third plantings on the French breakfast radishes.  And the beets are coming along nicely.
 Taters are getting bushy.
 As are the raspberries, lots of flowers and happy bees on those bushes.
 In the green house the long beans are putting out a lot of flowers and I'm hoping the next time I post I can report our first crop of beans.
 Cuchs are starting to climb and I've seen the start of a few flowers.
 The tomatoes we got as starts have reached the top of the greenhouse roof.
And we've had a few cabbage actually make it and the squash and zuchs are starting to put out a few flowers.