|1 - 12 foot and 3 - 8 foot tomato beds|
|Red wires ties holding hog panels together|
|Pole beans - Look for yellow strings...|
the beds for bush beans because you can plant close together (usually we put 4 - 8' rows in each bed), and still reach them from the edges. Even in my mid-50s the miles are starting to show and I appreciate not having to get down quiet so far to pick. Since this is our first year for more than a few pole beans we're experimenting with poles and climbing strings. Here a pic of the one bed. You can barely see the yellow string in the picture but they run from the outside edges of the bed up to the old tree branch. The rest are in a row in a plot. I'll keep the pics coming and let you all know how the different methods are working out.
We're also doing more mulching this year. We're using wheat straw and are hoping to keep a little more moisture in and a few more weeds out. I'll let you know how that works out for us, too. Another thing I'm trying this year is the use of diatomaceous earth for bugs. I dusted our potatoes with this today. I'll should get an idea of how it works pretty quickly since the potato bugs seem to be out in force early this year.
|Peppers and cabbage|
|A load for the brush pile!|
storms that could generate a tornadoes. Some years less and some years double that. We had another big storm early this week that knocked out power for us for the better part of a day and for the better part of the week for others. This storm generated 7 tornadoes in our area. There was fatality in a local town as a tree fell into a house. We had a bunch of branches knocked out, but no real damage.
|Fred the Cockeral Pre-"Haircut"|
Finally, De and I read that chickens like to have something to do in their runs. I took some of those branches knocked down and rigged up a little outdoor perch. It seems to be a hit, for whatever that's worth.