Been gone for a while, haven't I? Well, my website got hacked by something, then I tried a few things to get it back up and running anddddddddddd I've made a mess of things and honestly don't have the time to work on it. So I'll be here for the present future until I can get the main site back up to updating, etc. Sucks because I just renewed my domain and hosting for 2 years!
Things here on the homestead are busier than anyone can imagine. My wife and I are busy at work (she's pulling in OT every week) and I have a few projects coming up that are paperwork- heavy so that's keeping me moving. She's up at 3:30 am or so and out the door by 5:30. I am up usually at 4:30 and out the door at 6:30. She beats me home by about an hour as I don't roll in until 6:30 to 6:45 pm. Reason for this explanation? Our weekends have been mostly devoted to the garden. Up at 6:00 am at the latest to beat the heat. Our harvests are ramping up and I have been managing to keep the squash bugs at bay for now. Ironically we haven't had any squash yet as the bucket idea didn't pan out. We also have lost a few tomato plants and a few of the others are having their leaves curl inward some. I have checked the soil and it was a little low nitrogen- wise so I added some blood meal. We'll see what happens. They may just be stressed as the past few weeks have really been hot with little rain. Here's an updated spreadsheet:
Yes, we are getting beans! And cucumbers. Canning like crazy in the evenings when we get time. Tonight it is salsa with the tomatoes. I kinda bunched some items on this weeks harvest but we have been keeping track of it. One item of note this past week is the taste of the Solar Flare tomato. It is a very sweet, meaty tomato and is a keeper in this house. Let me show off some pictures and I'll make another post soon to catch you up on things around the house and why I'm needing a vacation :)
Harvest from last weekend
Harvest from this weekend
Solar Flare tomato
WOF of the Week
Caught her with her tongue out
More updates coming. A lot has been going on here! Back to work.