Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bath Tile Weekend - Garden Update

Hi - I took a couple of days off prior to Easter and Nick and I went to the house to get some work done. I continued my quest to finish his bathroom tile. I spent 5 hours on it Friday and got maybe 1/2 of the floor finished. This is the worst DIY project I have ever taken on..  here is the progress so far. When I get it all finished maybe before 2012... I will post all the pics together.
Complicate pattern on a crooked floor! 

I have a neighbor at the end of Lombardi who raises chickens, geese and guinea fowl. I always buy eggs from her when I am there and she has some available. (Colleen, another Bay Area refugee.)  I took pictures of her birds so you can see them..I can't wait until I can raise my own!

Chicken yard - most are Rhode Island Reds

Plymouth Barred Chicken

Geese - notice the young ones.
Garden update-

I got my landscaper out to fix the water pipes and hook up the valves correctly so I can water again. Some of the veggies are hanging in there... but it has been so cold they haven't grown much. The asparagus I planted is sprouting but most of the corn died. I will have to replant those when I go up there next weekend. Who would have thought that we would have to wait until May to see any warm weather at all? That is crazy for this area as it can easily be in the mid to high 70's most of April. Here are some pics for you to see how they are growing.. all of your hoping to get some veggies better start praying for better conditions!
this is a lacy asparagus frond poking up

Peas

ladybug on one of the many potato bushes


Bell Pepper - still hanging in there
Frog trying to hide from me.. he was orange/rust and green

neighbors goats -hoping for some carrots or weeds
Side Note - My personal email account was "spoofed" so I have created a new one. I needed to do it anyway since I changed my name in July. My new email address jtonseth@comcast.net.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions about what I am doing. 
You can also post comments on each blog entry and link to my youtube account to see my videos.
The latest video is of my son trying to clean off a paint roller after he was done painting.. it was a disaster. 


Love - Julie
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flowers 1

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Flowers 1, a set on Flickr.
This is a compilation of some of my flowers i put it on flickr so you can view it as a slide show. Let me know if that works for you or not. Julie

Friday, April 15, 2011

Preference Survey for a CSA Farm

Hi All

I have developed a link to ask a few questions from you about what you would consider buying if I started a CSA farm. It is only 7 questions and most of you will most likely get this in an email as well... so only do it one time please. It will give me an idea of what products appeal to the most people and what they would be willing to pay for.


I really appreciate it!

Click here to take survey

Julie

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

4/2/2011 Vegetable Planting Weekend

The weather was wonderful and we planted that whole dirt area that I call the "veggie garden" this past weekend.(Nick makes fun of me for that since it is a patch of dirt with all sorts of junk coming out of it, nails, tiles and rocks.) The early onions and potatoes are doing great, especially the volunteer potatoes from the potato cannon barrage. I have potato plants popping up everywhere! The other things I planted died... like the pumpkin plants and the corn. It was too much rain and cold I think... but hey I have lots of onions and potatoes.
Anyway Nick and Ashley were there that weekend and helped me plant a bunch of things... tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, squash, pumpkin,watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans, peas and corn. It took a bit of work to get things planted and then at the same time we had to replace the leaky sprinkler valves. Unfortunately, while replacing the valves, the pvc pipe cracked... probably because Nick wasn't going to take no for answer and shoved the pipe pieces together. He was standing there watching the valve to check for leaks and when I turned on the water I heard him screaming "Turn it off!". Since it was late we left it and the next day I stretched a hose down there and connected it to a timer and some sprinklers. It will have to do until my landscaper gets back from vacation and can get out there to fix it. He is the one who built the nice retaining wall. 
My goal this year is to just get something to grow to help improve the soil.. that's it. If I can build up the soil and get that plot productive it will produce quite a bit of food.. it is about 700 square feet of dirt I think .. so there is no limit to what I can do with that once the soil gets healthy. 
The sunflowers are hanging in there, about 1/2 are still alive but looking pretty pale. Like I said before, this winter just has kept going and going with the rain and the cold. We put some plant food on them so hopefully they will perk up and start growing.
A real bright spot is the wildflowers that came back again in the front yard! There are lupines, poppies, gallardias and other things I don't know the name of that are making it very cheery. Here are the pictures of the garden and one of a run-down shack on a beautiful piece of land outside the town of Valley Springs.
My next project house?
Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

Poppies
Lizard 
Onions and Potatoes going strong

Bell peppers and tomatoes (by wall) and my watering system

Squash and Melons and the hills by wall are the pumpkin seeds
Beans

Peas
I sure hope something grows! I have gardened all my life and usually I can make things grow like crazy but this is something else there... that dirt is so bad!


Julie