Friday, July 22, 2011

How I Spent My Friday Evening

I know things here on the farmette may seem glamorous to you.  With all of the high fashion farm equipment, manure, and insects....it is just a chick's paradise.  However, things move pretty slow around here.  Take tonight for example.  Not a party in sight, unless you count the one going on in the garden. 

I went outside and checked on the progress of the pear trees.  Have mercy.....there are a lot.  




Various melons are growing in the straw bales.  Including some pumpkins that I didn't get a shot of.  I have been having some trouble with squash stink bugs.  *sigh*  If it isn't one thing in nature, it is another.  I have been plucking the little suckers off of the plants and having them meet their death.  I'm tough like that. 


I have decided that this one zucchini plant is going to take over this straw bale. 


The sunflowers, which were planted a bit late, are finally starting to show their stuff. 



And then my little buddy and I decided to go inside, where it was much cooler. 


Stay cool my friends, wherever you might be. 

36 comments:

  1. I love it.. I take my camera and walk around our farmyard too and see what I can find that is "blog fodder". LOL I've got some new photos of my 2 granddaughters from today. I'll put em up later. Love your garden, my dear.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. My zucchini started off so great this year, then the plants just wilted and died. We even powdered them with Seven dust and watered them often. Our tomatoes look promising, and the pepper are going to town! I love your straw bale garden!

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  3. I really have to ttry those straw bale gardening next year. Yours has worked out so well obviously!

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  4. The garden is looking good! You've either been watering or you've had more rain than us here in Arkansas. These 90 degreee days are sure getting old!

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  5. You Garden Diva you! Those bale gardens are just amazing and I love your little digger.

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  6. Teresa - Sometimes you just have to take excitement where you can find it! lol

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  7. Jack - Perhaps a post concerning the excitement and value of manure is in the future...

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  8. your friday night is as exciting as mine! lol...but i didn't venture outside...way too hot...or maybe I'm just a wimp. ha.

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  9. It was so hot here today I had to water my tomatoes twice! I could never live in an area that had so much heat all the time...whew!

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  10. Four or five years after we moved to this little Southwest Virginia mountain community I realized 2 things: 1) My Tidewater drawl must have faded away because people had stopped giving me that squinty eyed look and saying "Ye ain't fum round here, are ye?" every time I opened my mouth. 2) Somehow the aroma of fresh manure wafting along on a summer breeze registers in what's left of my mind as fresh air now.

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  11. Chip - I have come to tolerate the odor of fresh manure. lol But, I have had someone ask me if I am from Ohio...I am not. I need to work on my accent!

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  12. I miss the pear tree we had at our last home. Of course, we still own the house and rent it, but it's not the same as having one right in your back door.

    So far, our garden has yielded 2 cucumbers and 1 squash. lol I'll be canning, for sure. :)

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  13. I'm so jealous of your pear tree! It's too hot here to even take a walk outside- we took our grandson to the movies and the mall where it was nice and cool! :)

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  14. Pears in Port or brandy...yum..ideal for summer or winter!!! Love your garden! The Jack is saying "let's go inside now" Minki also likes to go inside for the evening sometimes when it is so hot and humid!

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  15. I see the value of planting in straw bales. Your plants look terrific.

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  16. Yum! That pear looks so good. Your little buddy is such a cutie. I was excited to see your straw bale planting. I've been wondering if those really work and from the looks of your, it works great!

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  17. Your garden looks great. Exciting Friday night for me this week was watching the puppies chase lightening bugs. Never a dull moment.

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  18. Sometimes I think if people come to visit they would get really bored...but they keep coming!..lol..."How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards".

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  19. That zucchini in the straw bale pic is cracking me up!

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  20. Looks like a great party! I'll look forward to a full report on the pears. That one looks delicious.

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  21. Heading South tomorrow. NOY your South... but south. I hear the heat is gonna break in the NorthEast.

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  22. Your garden looks great....I love the sunflower shot!
    I would really like to try the straw bale gardening next year. Is this your first year to do it? I think you said it was. I'll have to refer back to these posts next spring.

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  23. Love your garden! I think it's one of the blessings of nature to be able to wander around your garden and see such thriving fruit and veggies.

    What did you stuff your straw bales with?

    Thanks for the cyber visit :)

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  24. everything looks great....
    thank you for all your sweet comments....

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  25. Ohhh i really like those straw bale planters/things! i really have to try that next year!

    I hope you have a great sunday!
    Leontien

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  26. Great looking pear...our apples are stil going crazy...almost to the end and we just noticed flowers...I think we'll have another small harvest in the Fall...you garden looks great!

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  27. Nice little garden there! Love these pics especially of the sunflower...
    Have a fabulous Sunday:)

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  28. Sounds like one of our Friday nights except we are chasing off varmints instead of stink bugs ;) I'd say your zuchinni is loving life in the straw bales. And I'm jealous of your pears...Rambob buzzed cut ours this year so we won't be having any fruit but that's ok, it needed to be done.

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  29. Your buddy dog probably welcomed your cool indoors. My dogs can only stand to be outside for short stints. Your garden is sure taking off. -- barbara

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  30. That zucchini plant sure is big! I have pears, too, but they are a little smaller than yours, I guess because of the weather. We're trying to stay cool.

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  31. Those hay bales really were an awesome idea. Everything looks great. :)

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  32. Very different from my walks and much more pleasing and relaxing!

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  33. It's a good way to spend a day, much better than on a traffic road.

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  34. It's nice to see a garden that is put to practical use as well as beauty. That sunflower looks like it's going to spring open any moment.

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