Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Finding the water source.
Horizontal well drilling rig. Mr. Gahr developed most of his wells with this machine.
Old tank that supplied the farm for many decades.
Tree house in the woods.
Kids exploring the wetlands. The water from the hill drains into the wetlands before it goes into the stream near by Muddy Creek.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This Saturday the children and their parents had a productive day in the garden. We pulled a lot of weeds, replaced plants that didn't make it for one reason or the other, and sowed replacement carrot seeds. The previously hot weather didn't give them a chance to sprout before drying out earlier. Now with the cooler weather we are able to hoping to get the carrots to spout before it heats up and drys out.
The little children gardens are well on there way to being productive. Ben's garden already has mature radishes in it.
The Sunflower house is a foot and a half tall and the morning glory seeds have sprouted. The Bean Tunnel is off to a good start also. We planted the gourd starts out this weekend.I brought some birdhouse gourds and one luffa gourd to try and Angela brought a snake gourd that she and the kids grew at home. It will be interesting to try these new types of gourds.
The strawberries are ripening, but we haven't been fast enough to beat the slugs to them...yet.
It will be a challenge to stay ahead of the weeds this year with all the rain and warm temperature. Now is the time to stay attentive and not let them get too much of a foot hold or the weeds will be knee high before we know it.
Beyond the Children's Garden, the little corner of the garden that I spend most of my time, progress is speeding on. The Food Pantry rows appear to be mostly full, the Market Garden is already producing herbs and flowers, and many of the Personal Rows are being filled up with plants. Some gardeners are even harvesting already. I have seen kale, spinach, strawberries harvested amongst the bounty. It looks like the peas are getting close, the chives, dill, and fennel are also ready. We are going to have a very productive garden this year.
Here a few gardeners take a hard earned short break before continuing on with the task of installing the watering system in the new section of the garden.
Market Garden - Salvia and Yarrow used for the floral market