|These guys are a lot of work (vegetarians beware of the next pic!),|
|But they are completely worth it!|
I don't always think of it or give thanks, but food never appears instantly. It takes great care and hard work to provide humane and healthy food. We're grateful for the privilege of raising the grilled chicken you see in this picture and of knowing how it and others like it make their way to our table.
We brought a new flock of 25 home last week. They'll give us what we need to get through the winter.
|C. James proudly standing over a fresh cut bow.|
We gave our peach trees an irregular late summer pruning. We've read that the best time to prune stone fruit trees is in the spring when they have lots of energy and fast healing power. The problem with spring pruning is that it can impact fruit production. We've also heard that it's not a a good idea to prune them in the fall when they are dormant, bare and most susceptible to disease. The good thing about fall pruning is that when spring comes you don't have to trim new growth. Peach buds appear on new growth.
This year we took the middle road by pruning late in the summer. We're hoping that this will help clean away some of the fruit rot disease that decimated our harvest this year. Plus, in the spring we won't have to mess with the new growth. Will the 7 weeks before our first average frost date be enough time to heal? We hope so.
|From garden helper to garden varmint in a snip.|
Q. James is the culprit -our unusual garden varmint. He's not a raccoon. He's not a ground hog. He's our tool toting two-year old. In his left hand are the clippers I was using to trim the peach trees. In his right hand is the leafy top of one of our cauliflower plants, and there in the dirt under the almost perfectly positioned shadow of the clippers is the clipped stem. He got two plants before C. James saw him and screamed "Paaapaaa". If it weren't for his older brother Q. would have snipped the entire row. Why not, he was "helping" papa with the pruning. What can I say, he loves gardening!