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Fig Jam. 9.20.18
Spud, I wish I could send you some of the 2+" of rain we got two days ago! My house has been hit several times with lightning. One time, a lightning rod was rocketed out of its holder. That particular bolt knocked out my power, ruined my TV, and did other damage. And, it was one day before I was leaving for a 2 week vacation. Bad timing!
This morning at 5AM, I was out turning on the soaker hoses, when I saw a flash that looked like what happens when my 50 cent LED bulbs from the Dollar Store start going bad way before they say their supposed to.
I don't have any of those outside, so I couldn't figure what it was. I kept seeing flashes and finally heard thunder. The thunderstorms have been dancing around my house since then, and their still going. Not much rain so far. Only 0.13 inch.
It's a little frightening when I'm outside, especially the thunder when it's so close.
If I were still living in the country, I'd turn everything off 'till it was over, but here in the low part of the valley, with buildings everywhere, many of them with lightning rods, the chance of my house getting hit is quite remote.
Randy, that's sad. I've never wanted to try farming of any kind for a living. It would be too stressful for me.
If I had the money, I'd buy quite a few acres and grow large gardens and quite a few fruit & nut trees. Probably have 3 acres of things to eat, but wouldn't try to make a living from them. Perhaps just sell a few things and trade some for milk.
Thanks, Joan and Daniel. I'll keep you up to date. And thanks for the video info. Sorry to hear you both "poop out" easily. Keeping up with life's loves t'aint easy.
Oh! Randy! I am sorry to learn of the struggle of Silverthornfarm! Their kind of farming is very hard work and successful only where people understand the value of this kind of farming. Of course, cheaper food can be found at box stores and buyers give up quality. The CSA that I participated with went under and there is no other produce market that has as high quality as theirs.
I can work very little these days, a few hours at household tasks and then lay-back time and I watch permaculture videos; a few more hours in the greenhouse, and another lay-back; a couple of hours preparing dinner for the family and clean up and then another lay-back time but this one lasts all night. However, I have a few farmers that you may be able to share with your Silverthornfarm family.
Ben Falk, Farm and Homestead Resiliency Principles in Practice.
Justin Rhodes, the Great American Farm Tour
Mark, I am Organic Gardening
Curtis Stone, Urban Farmer
Randy, Im sad to learn of your family farm struggle.
I also love sun flowers. Deer eat mine but thete is a volunteer plant among the fenced beans. Which also did not do well - I was too worn out to properly care for them.
Today I cleaned up a border at the woods edge. It didnt need a lot. Over the past few years, I cleared blackberries, and planted trees, perennials, and rhododendrons. It's in an area where deer hang out, rabbits graze, and hard to reach with hose. Last year I mulched with arborist chips. Today I applied a truckload of bark chips. My hope is next year or two it wont need water or weeding, and after that will be shady and somewhat self mulching by the trees I planted.
Some flowers today.
There are a few orchids blooming on my deck.
I love sunflowers. I have a few "volunteers" in my garden. My farm kids used to grow and sell them--not now.
Speaking of them, they continue to struggle with making ends meet. They're forced to cut back on their operation. They'll most likely stop CSA sales. The cost of boxing up individual orders and delivering them is not profitable. Plus, people would rather buy cheap from the chain stores who are now delivering to their doors. Bottom line: things look bleak. So sad and depressing. Silverthornfarm.com (and on Facebook)
This is a commercial production; I like sunflowers in my gardens, especially with varied varieties.
There used to be a corn called Kandy Kane that had a pencil-thin cob; it could be blanched and packaged for freezing on the cob. It was a delicious, sweet variety. For some reason, that variety stopped being distributed and I can find no company that supplies it. If anyone finds it, let me know!
I'm with you, Daniel: I avoid the issues that upset me here at A/N. I want to live out the rest of my life in serenity and happiness. I'll let others fight the battles. (Don't tell Loren!)
Regarding sweet corn: I both boil it and/or nuke it for several minutes (at lest 5), rapidly cool it in ice water. I have a cutting board with a nail sticking up where I insert the cob. It's in a large plastic container. I use a knife to cut off the kernels, then bag it and freeze. There are other methods, but this works best for me. I don't like freezing the entire corn cob. Takes up too much room.
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