Well, it’s been so blasted busy it’s crazy. We pick up to 15 pounds or more a day in strawberries and I must say I have no idea how they make money at it considering even if we sold it for organic prices, we still wouldn’t make minimum wage. Arlis’s sister and mother picked one day, and we gave one day’s worth to other family members. Maia (Marcus’s friend) is coming one day (only she better hurry-wink wink) because they are starting to die down. We may have harvested 10 pounds yesterday, and the harvest is getting to where we could skip a day if we wanted to. Ever been blessed more than you could handle?
The potatoes are blooming, so not long b4 harvest there. The lower field got washed out, the only thing salvaged are the potatoes and a few beans that we kept poking back down in after every rain. Suffice to say we will have to make severe changes and find a different place to put that field next year. Too bad Arlis has already progressed as much as he has on the fencing.
All hens are hens now (in other words, layers). We have 6 eggs this morning where we got 2 today and yesterday and such, and so Arlis put them in the nest hoping one will take. I’ll give them today, maybe tomorrow before we give up and eat them. The ducks’ days are numbered as even Arlis has had enough with them emptying the water container constantly. I have been shoveling manure out from behind the run area. There is a building there where they kept a steer or something, and a perfect square of what looks and acts like peat moss but is chicken poo underneath. I have been shoveling it into the manure pile and once it’s done, I’ll move onto the shelter. It is filled will poo that will be much more difficult to move. The “peat moss” is like loose dirt and easy to move. I believe it is where a chicken coop once was years ago This are will eventually become an addition to the run more than doubling their play area..
In mowing, I have raked the grass and placed it with the already accumulated (and depleted) pile. It looks and smells like hay as opposed to what I raked from before. I, obviously, didn’t get it all raked, but will continue as I can. Merlin has started nesting, and therefore may need to be called Merleena or Marilyn…any suggestions? I fell up the steps two days ago and am still slow because of it. I think I actually chipped the joint in my right big toe, so squatting is uncomfortable, but necessary in weeding and picking. Here is where the vinyl siding went up yesterday and continuing today.
Arlis’s blueberry bush has unripe berries, and we found a HUGE wild blackberry area. Here is a picture of the blueberries.
We have European wasps and Mexican hornets. Mexican hornets are actually called cicada killers. Neither are aggressive, and in fact, only the female of the European species has a stinger. I don’t care, they’re big, scary, and have more legs than my dog, so I’m killing them. Note their size below. That’s a new roll there.
The carpenter ants formed another satellite colony in our wall after ridding the last one. They also had one in the new box of siding. I have sprayed to where I can still taste and smell the toxins. We have put a major damper on their lives and I no longer hear them in the wall. We haven’t pulled back the paneling yet, but will soon I hope. It’s horrible to lie in bed and hear the scurrying above your head behind the wall at night. They’re active at night only really.
The potatoes have potato beetle, and I used a jar of gas and two smashing rocks. The upper field of corn appeared OK, and the beans, and I even had two watermelons. We seriously need to work on finding a field because I am SO planting water melon next year. I can hand pollinate one plant if that’s all that makes it by golly, I want my watermelon. I have also attached a pic of a bluebird that just dropped dead with no reason. It wasn’t there, and hour later it was. I was disturbed, the bird showed no signs of death except the eyes were already sunken/eaten, so I fear a disease. But nothing yet has happened, so I hope and pray all is OK. I’m using today for pc work-this e-mail, bank statements and such….
AND SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS!!!!