Yearly Archives: 2012

Hens with a mind of their own

We’ve got hens with major attitude this year. The small chicken pen (AKA goose pen or pig pen) by our house has a lot of trees around it so the soil tends to stay loose and loamy. The trees also … Continue reading

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Cabbage aphid

We have a huge cabbage aphid outbreak on the Brussels Sprouts. Lee and I have never seen anything like it before. Cabbage aphids can be controlled by lady beetles, but those have all gone to hibernate in our window panes. … Continue reading

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Potato harvest roundup

Every year Lee worries that our potato harvest is going to be a bust or under perform. This year he was pretty optimistic by midsummer as the plants were gorgeous, but when it came time to dig them up his … Continue reading

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Rooster and hens on the move

Back in July, we suspected one of our new chicks was a rooster, and when it started crowing a few weeks later our suspicions were confirmed. The farm store purportedly sold us three Red Sex Link hens, but we most … Continue reading

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Praying Mantis

I was taking a cart load of debris out of the garden when I noticed a Praying Mantis on the gate. I only noticed it because I was trying not to bash the gate with the cart wheel. We saw … Continue reading

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Geese are angry landlocked sailors

Our geese LOVE tomatoes and all other garden veggies. When they see me come from the garden they start screaming in goose speak: “Come over here and give us the @$#! food”. Yes, my geese swear at me. A lot. … Continue reading

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Winter squash final tally

I finished tearing out the dead squash vines today and got my first good look at what we grew for the season. It seems like some of the squash plants did well, others average, and a few quite poorly. We … Continue reading

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Spaghetti squash

I collected all the Spaghetti squash from the garden today. I’ve never actually eaten one before so I hope I like them. We had two plants in the garden and it looks like we got about 30 squash. I think … Continue reading

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One less Port Orford Cedar

Saturday we had some professional arborists remove a dead tree near our house. We have spent the last 4 years believing that our big grove of trees contained only Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars. The tree guys took one … Continue reading

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Cold temperatures bring an end to the garden season

The nighttime temperatures finally dropped low enough that it toasted the squash vines, the pepper plants, and the tomato plants. I can’t believe it is October already and fall is here. It’s been so mild and dry that it seemed … Continue reading

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