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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Making Use of Pantyhose and Brown Bags

 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.

Lance tying up cucumber plants
When we lived in Minnesota, every year it seemed the winter would never morph into spring. And then one day I'd wake up and spring had sprung. Overnight, there would be flowers everywhere and shades of green sparkling on every tree.

It's the same sort of feeling here on the farm when I'm waiting to start harvesting. Even though we have the greenhouse with year round greens and the garlic was harvested in July, when the bigger vegetables start coming and the cucumbers appear on the plants it feels like an overnight event.

The zucchini and peas appeared three days ago and are now an everyday chore to harvest. Every couple of
Bags and bags of drying dill seeds
days the kohlrabi can be harvested. And carrots can be dug up whenever we need them. The last of the dill seeds have been harvested out of the greenhouse and are hanging in bags to dry before going into jars. Lance planted more onions, okra and broccoli in the dill's place. The outside dill is about six inches high so that should be coming ready before we use up the dried weed and seeds we have from the greenhouse crop. They got so huge in the greenhouse that they restricted air flow and held in too much humidity so we had some mold going on. Lance got that under control.

Garlic in nylons
Found a better use for nylons than wearing -- they make great bags for storing and hanging garlic. Dollar Store (the Paulden Mall) had boxes of ten for cheap. 

More good neighbor stories. Frank's boat trailer had a weld come loose. He asked Dave (of Dave and Eunice with the eggs) if his welding machine could do the trick. Dave took the section of the trailer to Phoenix and had a welder friend of his fix it - for free! We've been swapping produce with them, too. They didn't plant carrots, shard or kohlrabi. I take them some of those every week and we get yellow squash, snap peas and of course eggs.

Can't see the pea plants for the weeds

With all the rain I can always weed if I find myself without anything to do -- which is never, but I still have to weed. No matter how many weeds, it's still better than the last two years.

I'm going to sit in the walk-in care at the Indian Medical Center tomorrow down in Phoenix. Really hate to take the time but they can't see me on a scheduled appointment for ophthalmology until August 18. My eye is blurry with light flashes and I don't want to wait. You know I've written how great it is to have the care available and I mean it, but I sure hate the idea of just sitting for who knows how long. Wish me luck!

My path of destruction when weeding


  1. Charming to read about the farm, Brenda.
    Jeanette Collins

  2. I love hearing about the farm and the different crops, but I'm sorry to hear about your eye.
    Good luck.

    1. Thanks, Marlow. I'll update once I see a doctor.

  3. I'm so impressed with your gardening. It looks like fun!

    1. It's fun picking and eating our produce and it's fun when we hear how much our Pirate Pickles are loved, but it's a lot of work too, Vicki!

  4. Good luck with your eye! I enjoy reading about your farm and wish I were close enough to buy your produce and pickles! I love kohlrabi.

    1. Oh wow! Someone who knows what kohlrabi is. Wish you could too, Ashantay.

  5. A great read, as always!!!!! I hope all goes well at the doctor. Julie Maidment (sorry---I don't' know how to post a comment so I did Annie Moose.)