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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Year Two Begins

2012 On the plains in Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.


Pounding rebar
Months pass with short daylight hours. Everything is dormant and the garden is nothing but dirt. I thought about when the farming would all begin again and the time seemed so far away. Then...bam! There's no easing into it. We're way ahead of last year, but we'd only moved in and hardly knew where to begin.

The greenhouse is nearly done. We're waiting for the plastic covering to arrive. I can't believe how fast Frank and Lance got the frame up - one day. It looked like the most difficult part was pounding the rebar into the ground to attach the PVC pipes.

Lance has trays and trays of seeds planted. They cover our dining room table and another table in front of the living room window. In a month, they go to the greenhouse. They'll spend time there until the danger of last frost has passed for most of them. Some vegetable seeds will be direct sowed into the ground but not for another month.

Garlic planted in the fall is up
Cucumber trellis
Meanwhile, the ground is getting tilled and compost added. We started a compost pile when we first moved in a year ago. Composting is not an entirely pleasant process but the garden is going to love it. The trellis system for the cucumbers is in the process also. We didn't do this last year so I'm excited to see how it will work.

I did manage to get all the blackberries trimmed and watered in between welcome spells of minding Sadi. Yes, twist my arm to hold my darling granddaughter!

I cleaned out the front flower garden and planted some flower seeds. Last years perennials are already peeking through. The early ones even have flowers. What we aren't happy to see are the peach and apricot trees already sending out buds. I haven't even gotten into the orchard to trim and clean out the tree wells. Frank put the tree food spikes in and noticed the buds. Bad news. We lost them last year with a late frost. A frost in May is not unusual. I suspect peaches and apricots are not a good choice for the orchard on this prairie. Not sure why the previous owner planted them. They're two of my favorites but wonder if we'll ever get any since they are so early to bloom.

Grandpa amuses Sadi
I have the trees to get in shape and the patio to clean up and then I'll get back to writing. Caring for Christie and Sadi comes first. Christie will be on her way to doing a lot more in another couple of weeks. I'll just keep the stories going in my head until I get it all down on paper.



We already have a rabbit problem this year. I'll leave that story for next time.


13 comments:

  1. Rabbits - not good. Time to start trapping. I hope the buds are able to make it to the fruit stage this year. At least you can be thankful you didn't spend the money to purchase and the time to plant the trees.

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    1. So true, Jody. Not sure how we'll try to save them this year. Didn't work last year.

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  2. Hey Brenda, when I first started my blog, I tried to keep it book/writing related, and then I read more blogs - and books on how to blog - and realized its not all about writing, but about the author. And it's true. Reading different tid-bits like this are interesting, and the photos are a bonus. Keep them coming and good luck with your endeavour.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. Glad you enjoy. And I agree. I know I like to learn a bit about the authors I read.

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  3. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your apricots and peaches. They're two of my favorites, too.

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    1. I can use all the crossed fingers I can get. LOL

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  4. We're thinking of putting a hoop house on the roof of our underground house...down the center 12 wide X 28

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    2. Great idea! Ours is 12 x 32. Good luck!

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  5. I am truly in awe of what all of you have accomplished thus far. Remarkable! Hope you're able to keep those fruit trees. I still have strong memories of my Aunt Eva and Uncle Homer's garden in Bellingham, Washington (where I did my young growing up years). The soil there is black gold. I'm so glad I have those memories.

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    1. Thank you, Susie. Have to say it's mostly Lance's work but we do our share.

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  6. The greenhouse is truly impressive and Sadi is utterly gorgeous. Sending vibes for your apricots and peaches.
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