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Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's In Your...Garage?

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.

The last days of harvest linger. Lance got all of the sweet potatoes out of the ground. It was an unbelievably hard job. I won't say difficult because digging is digging, but wow was it hard. None of us could help. Sweet potatoes are more delicate than I knew. And they really hold on to the earth, some twisting and turning straight down. The only way to get them out without damage was by clawing and digging by hand. Need to do some research on what contraptions are available to small farmers to make this easier. We're tossing around the idea
of growing more next year for profit.

I can announce - pickling is officially over!

Christie has been making hot sauce, salsa and enchilada sauce with the last of the peppers and tomatoes. Some tomatoes have been left on the vine. We've had a couple of freezes and the temps have been overall colder so any green ones that the frost hasn't killed will probably not go red. May as well leave them until we clear out the fields.

The floor of the garage is covered with onions and sweet potatoes curing. The hanging basket still has peppers drying.

Now maybe, soon, some of the winter projects can start - painting, build another green house, redo the main lines in the watering system, reorganize the storage
shed and garage, and of course marketing research for our hopeful cash crops. A nice relaxing winter - LOL


  1. Oh, my, this brought back memories of growing up. We always had a huge garden. Mom (and I, by extension) canned, and pickled and "put up" goodies in the freezer, as well. I admire people who do this!

  2. Wow. What a lot of work! I know it's worth it. Did a lot of that when I was younger. Now I leave it to the younger. :)

    1. This is our second summer, Diane, and I told my husband I can't do many more of these. LOL