Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Anna made these DELICIOUS pickles from a recipe our neighbor Jay gave her (yes, she put them in an empty jar from store-bought pickles).  Our CSA members are starting to get cucumbers, and I highly recommend this recipe (especially considering that some of the cucumbers can be a bit bitter because of the heat). Ingredients...
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Seriously?

So… you can breed plants to do all sorts of weird things.  How is this guy supporting all those tomatoes?  There are more tomatoes than leaves!!!
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rain pics

i cannot remember being so happy about rain.  everything got lots to drink and looks like we captured all 900 gallons that 1.31 should yield off half of our barn roof.
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Rain!

It started drizzling a little while ago, but I thought I’d go out and check for Japanese beetles in the orchard anyway.  Thankfully there were only about 10 (I killed some, but it’s so gross I just ended up shaking some off).  Before I could finish checking the last tree (and trust me, it’s a...
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General Farm Update

Things are growing like crazy out here, and it’s gotten hot now. I picked a whole big bowl of shell peas (with purple pods!) last week, and also sixteen zucchini and some lettuce. We ate a couple of the zucchini, but the rest of the harvest will go to the people subscribed to the farm....
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planting crunch in the heat

a scorcher this weekend, but we still jammed out a 10 hour day on saturday!  cory, our neighbor, did a truckload of compost in the rows and transplanted a couple of rows of beets.  amber and i focused on row prep, transplanting, and direct seeding.  our goal was to get everything for the main season...
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hot and dry and how to irrigate

we should get enough rain every month during the growing season… roughly one inch a week.  however, the rain comes in storms, as opposed to a nice steady flow, and we cannot always count on it.  for example this month we have been short an inch and these hot dry spells are great for picnics,...
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Japanese Beetle Invasion!

Just when we get the flea beetles under control, Japanese Beetles attack!  There were a few last week, but this week they were everywhere!  We got “homeopathic” (not sure how much I believe that) beetle-sex-smell traps that we’ve hung along the fence.  In the end you are supposed to end up with a big bag...
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