Thursday, April 4, 2013

Look What Happened While I Was Gone!

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.

While we were in Laughlin, NV enjoying spring in the desert, things were happening on Tortilla Flats.

Tiller is kaput! It will cost more to fix than buy a new used one. Apparently, it had damage when we got it but no one saw that. Luckily we don’t need another until next year. Yea!

Greenhouse construction
Greenhouse is nearly done. The door has to be finished and the exhaust fans installed. Can’t wait to see it operational.

The plants on the tables in the house are getting big – at least I can see them now. In a few weeks they’ll go out to the greenhouse.

The first tulips opened. Always a good sign. I just wish they would last longer.

We have a couple of fig trees – we think. A neighbor told us that’s what they are. Last year they didn’t bloom and in fact were barely hanging on
Fig blooming
for dear life after the neglect they’d had from the house being empty for a year. This year we have flowers starting! Hopefully they aren’t blooming too early. 

Which is what the pear trees could
Bartlett Pear tree
be doing. Last year we didn’t have any pears or peaches because they bloomed in April. We had a freeze in May. It isn’t unusual for a mid May freeze here. Our plum tree last year had ONE plum. This year it already bloomed and died because of cold nights. So sad.

That’s a quick update. I’m off to the doctor at the Indian Hospital in Phoenix. My knee continues to give me problems and I better find out what’s wrong before I have to spend a lot of time stooping and bending to weed.

Baby Ambrosia Pear
P.S. Sadi is really growing leaps and bounds. I sold a Rosette to The Wild Rose Press. Satisfactory news all way round. And if I don't respond to your comments right away, I'm on the road headed back from Phoenix.


  1. Lots of good news. How lovely. Not convinced that's a fig. The blossom doesn't look right to me. I'll check ours when it blooms and get back to you. The shape of the tree is similar. Maybe they're different in the new world.
    Lots of love

    1. Oh thanks, Jenny. They could be different strains but would like to hear what you think.

  2. From nothing to a farm! Well done. What a wonderful project.