We’re coming up on living here a year, and often think about what a lot we’ve got done. It’s too much to catalog now, but some updates, so I don’t forget when we got the first green beans, the way I’ve forgotten just when the first blueberries showed up.
I’m enjoying the greenhouse very much; though ceiling painting is no fun (heat rises!). The plants are thriving in the greenhouse, I’ll be happen when painting is done and they can move into the final locations. I found a tiny little tree frog at eye level in the melon plant, which was a treat. Alas, spider mites on the kiwi.
Of the two roosters that showed up in place of the pullets we ordered, one leaked out of a fence, found by Sophie, and died a week later from the injuries. We gave the other to the Hess’s (who gave us in return some very delicious blueberries). 12 cornish cross went to Scio for butchering, which went smoothly. We have six cornish left, which we’ll butcher ourselves with the Hess’s. The 5 turkeys have a ways to go yet. These guys are stuck in the barn stall until we get fencing…. which had to wait until the leftover construction dirt pile was moved… which just happened. So, progress, but unhappy poultry meanwhile. I bring them dandelions and sow thistles, since they’ve gone through the kale and collard bolts.
We had our first pickings of green beans this week, they have been delicious. I’ve only seen two cucumber beetles so far, but the second one got away so we’re doommed :-). I check tomatoes frequently but nothing has ripened yet. The peppers look small but we do have some eating size jalapenos. Potatoes have started to die back, they potatoes look great. The cucumbers, squash, and melon plants look good. The corn has just barely started to tassle up. We made a second planting of corn, a bit late on July 20, but we will see. Onions are finally getting large. The garlic, which all sprouted in the ground in spring, has been depressing and I’ve tried to ignore it. Starting to feel the pressure to get ready for the fall/winter garden; need dirt. We haven’t had rain for some weeks, the ground surface is pretty dry, the grass is still green. Keeping things watered has been easy (well, with the irrigiation in…). We haven’t yet watered the orchard, though I exect to soon; all the black plastic over the grass must be helping a lot.
The new kittens, Greta and Sundance, are starting to adjust. Greta is much braver and will stick around when we are outside, but we rarely glimpse Sundance. Greta actually came up behind the barn yesterday where we were watching turkey TV, in spite of Sophie being with us. Greta followed Buddy and sat down in the dirt along with the other cats and dog. I think she was hungry. Buddy likes the kittens (Greta, anyway), but KitCat has not been himself since they arrived; he’s stayed away for long periods and is grumpy when he’s around. He hisses at the kittens, if you pick him up, or sometimes when just walking along. But sometimes he comes and sits on your lap, so we hope he’ll eventually adjust. Sophie thinks Greta is a squirrel and behaves accordingly. The kittens are very, very cute (well, the hostile expression always on Sundance’s face isn’t that cute).