gourds

I’m growing gourds again for hula. This time I’m growing two types -one large and one smaller. They’re doing really well with minimal bug damage which has been great. One of my gourd vines has a “Jack and the bean stock” quality to it.  It has grown over a tamarillo tree, a rose apple bush, and a mountain apple tree. They all seem to be okay with this huge vine and they in turn have provided a nice base from which the gourds hang.  I’m in the process of drying some of the gourds. The brownish looking one has been etched and dyed I’m hoping it won’t rot. Crossing my fingers on that one.  You can clearly see the size differences in the two gourds.

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New addition

Following is a picture of our newest addition to the farm. His name is Jingle Bell . We just call him Jingle for short.  In case you haven’t figured it out he came a little before Christmas . He kind of wandered into our yard and we were alerted by the dogs . After some research we couldn’t locate his owner so we have kept him. He has since gone to the vet and has been vaccinated and fixed. I’ve wanted another cat for awhile and I’m excited that he came into our lives when he did. I’m allergic to most cats but surprisingly I’m not allergic to him. It was meant to be! He’s a real sweetheart.
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He was not thrilled with the picture taking process hence no smile

It’s a new year!

The goal for the new year was to update this blog weekly with things happening on our farm obviously it’s February so I’m a little late. But today will start the effort to keep this up weekly . Last night we had a really nice heavy rain. I’ve always found rain nice especially when I sleep . But for families on catchment, rain is especially welcome. For those unfamiliar “being on catchment” means that we gather all our water from rain.  We do not have county water plumbed into our home, it’s all rainwater that we “catch” and then store.  There’s something comforting knowing that your tanks are getting filled with water for your family to use. Below are some pictures of vegetable starts planted yesterday. I would label them so you would know each is but unfortunately we got them a little confused so I’m not sure what each of them are. I do know that we’re growing some beans and peas, some eggplant, some tea, and some pumpkin , I can’t remember the rest.  We need to do a better job labelling the things we grow.  Hope you enjoy the pictures of the rain and the plants.

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Vegetable starts