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Signs of Growth

July 13, 2010 1 comment
New Growth on an Apple Tree

New Growth on an Apple Tree

I’ve stopped watching the evening news, along with many other changes in my life. I’ve found it’s made me much happier. I no longer track the daily progression of the Dow, nor exchange rates to convert Euro’s to Dollars. These days I focus my attention on the only real growth there is: People and Plants. We both grow, and some times we both need pruning.

The Lettuce Lifter

The Lettuce Lifter

Let’s start by looking at growth which at first seems like a bad thing. Here is one of the pilfers of lettuce. If I had a scope of another trade in my hand, he would be no more. However, I realize this is their home too, and we both share the same eco-system. So long as I can buy lettuce cheaply, I’ll let these rodents go. If the world should take a very sharp turn down, well, I’ve heard rabbit meat is pretty good…. This is sort of like an investment in catastrophe insurance. I’m sure I’ll never get my lettuce back, but if I ever do, it will be well worth it.

Corn Tassel

Corn Tassel

I’ve spotted my first Corn Tassel, which is the male portion of the plant. This is an important sign of growth, indicating that the plant is moving from sheer vertical growth to reproduction… aka producing Corn. They still have a way to grow, but I’ve begun cheating here too. Since the garden is on a slope, I’ve been piling up fertilizer at the very top of the garden. When it rains, the water will carry the nutrients down the hill to all the plants below.

Dwarf Bananas

Dwarf Bananas

The growth isn’t just limited to the garden. My Dwarf Bananas are going Bananas ! The large leaves have grown in the last month, and they go through a cup of water each daily. In about another year they should start bearing little bananas. I’ve also grown a bit. The bay window in the background was recently remodeled by the gardener himself. I got some scrap trim, and with a little bit of work cleaned it off, stained and fit it to this window. I’ve used Birch stain, which just glows in the sunlight. I’m also remodeling my bedroom and hallway in the evening after watering the garden. I quit working on it around 11:30 last night.

All in all, I see growth everywhere. I’ve adjusted to this downturn, as I’ve seen others do the same. In a year or so I predict more gardens, and more Happy People.

A Visit to Sandy’s Farm

March 7, 2010 1 comment
Some of Sandy's Goats

Some of Sandy's Goats

Sandy and I have been talking about hatching out some of the eggs that she has from her chicken flock, and I went to her farm to pick up the incubator, and dozens of fertilized eggs. When I got there, the kids started showing me all sorts of animals that I had not yet seen. I thought it would be cool to post some of the pictures that I took. Above, three goats relax on a large rock. Judging by the grins on there faces, they are having a great day, just like me.

Male goat with Horns

Male goat with Horns

The Male goat had pretty big horns, I’d guess they are about 8 inches long. When I was hunched down taking this picture one of the other goats was about to climb up on my back… but Sandy scared him off before he left any hoof prints on my jacket.

Baby Goat

Baby Goat

Here is the friendliest goat I have ever seen, and reminded me of a little puppy. What a cool little pet. The kids were trying to talk me into getting one, but I have no where to keep it.

Goats Like to Climb

Goats Like to Climb

He is a tree that Davie cut down for the goats to climb on.

Bunnies

Bunnies

I also got some pictures of Sandy’s bunnies. Aren’t they cute ? They weren’t outside long, just enough time to snap a few pictures.

My New Rooster

My New Rooster

Just before leaving to go home, Sandy asked if I wanted a Rooster to keep my chickens company. I thought it was a great idea. Now, my eggs should be fertilized, and I can hatch out little chickens. As soon as he was in the coop, he was alarming the whole farm to his presence, with the traditional Coc-a-doodle-doo.  Guess I don’t have to worry about setting the alarm clock any more……

Categories: Chickens, Goats, People, Rabbits