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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blow You Away

 Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of 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.
 
I don't know how Lance does it - working in wind that can nearly knock you over. It's always a little breezy in Paulden, and some days it's a lot breezy, but this last week has roared with wind night and day. But there's no such thing as wind days off so the cucumber fencing did get installed.


I preferred working in the greenhouse. The building shook and swayed, but I was quite comfortable. We've found that we don't need to plant nearly as many greens when we plant in the greenhouse. They flourish. Our good neighbors, who love chard, benefited.

This wind is hard on all creatures, I think. The hummingbirds like the window feeder better than the ones swinging in the wind on the patio.

Dill was planted inside and now out. It has a blanket until it sprouts. We'll need a lot of dill weed and seed for the pickles. Speaking of pickles, we got the last permit from the county. Now we're waiting for the acidity tests to come back from the lab. Only a week and  half until our first market!


14 comments:

  1. Going to market sounds very exciting!! Hope your pickles & relish are a big hit!!

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  2. Wow, Brenda! That is some garden. And hummingbirds too! I visited the Texas Hill Country recently and saw some. Such riots!

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    1. I could waste a lot of time watching hummingbirds, Vicki. They have individual personalities.

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  3. Blow You Away sounds like a great read. I like the greenhouse setting. good lucke with sales.

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  4. You're really getting serious with all those plantings! Good luck. I love to watch the hummingbirds, too. Glad you had no damage at your place. Barb Bettis

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  5. It's so hard to work outside on windy days...especially because it's hard to see. Stuff flies in your eyes and your eyes water constantly, so any close work is difficult. But I understand, the work must go on. Hope your pickles work out...love home-canned pickles. In my family, we made sweet watermelon rind pickles...yum!

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    1. I think I might like those pickles, Rolynn!

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  6. Brenda, your garden looks great! Here in Wisconsin, things are just starting to bud out. My husband plans to get the garden started soon. I think the snow is over. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ilona. Good luck with the garden.

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  7. You've got wind and today we finally have a break from the rain! Though I hear tomorrow is supposed to rain again....

    When you're finally approved for those pickles, will you be selling them online to friends? ;)

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    1. It will be a while before we can sell on line. That requires the same process as if we were selling in stores. VERY expensive to get set up. Darn!

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