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Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2018 at 6:52am

Daniel, your Venus fly trap looks so cool. Why call an exterminator when you already have one!

One of my food books says "avoid corn". No way am I going to agree to that. In fact, I've probably averaged one ear per day for the last month--and much more to come, especially of the frozen variety.

Comment by Patricia on August 25, 2018 at 5:11pm

Oh, poor puppy!!!

Looks yummy Daniel. Rick's corn experiment looks like it may produce a few cobs....but it has also cooled here, so he doesn't know yet.

Comment by Patricia on August 23, 2018 at 1:46pm

Lightning starts most of our wildfires.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2018 at 7:42am

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!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2018 at 8:09am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2018 at 7:41am

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 22, 2018 at 7:29am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2018 at 12:16am

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

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2018 at 7:27am

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)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2018 at 1:44pm

This is a commercial production; I like sunflowers in my gardens, especially with varied varieties. 


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