llama Grove Groove

Valley of the Camelids


Posted by kari on August 10, 2009
Posted under food

Today we pulled¬† in some of the harvest. The corn wasn’t as abundant as we’d have liked, but in reality, we don’t eat much corn. There are three tomato varieties, onions and a few cloves of garlic ready for storage. The potatoes did awesome.

On a frightening note, Ray crawled under the truck for a little look around. He’d noticed the trailer hitch sagging, so it was worth a look. The hitch was almost off on one side! The remainder of the afternoon was spent sanding, figuring and finally, welding the hitch back on. Thank goodness for safety measures.

Lettuce Seed

Posted by kari on July 24, 2009
Posted under compost, food

Our friend Heather introduced us to the way that gardens are done these days. Even large scale farmers are doing this. It’s actually easier, so we’ll go with it for this year, anyway. So we won’t till next year, we’ll just put our compost on the rows we already established. We’ll put the shavings from the apple tree trimmings between our rows (either that or that’s where we’ll till to keep the weeds down). This way we’ll have walking paths and not be giving too many weeds our hard-earned manure.

Brave little tomato

Posted by kari on July 11, 2009
Posted under food

These little guys came back from the brink after being stepped on and having a small drought. Thank goodness for tastely little troopers.


Posted by kari on June 20, 2009
Posted under chicknes, food

Ray has begun getting the weeds out of the garden. It’s had to wait a little bit, but just look at these results. We have more lettuce than we can reasonably eat. ( I will not be making cream of lettuce soup. I’d rather give away a couple dozen heads. Cream of Lettuce soup tastes like chlorophyll to me, anywya.) There are new broiler chicks in the barn. We’re not taking pictures since they won’t be with us long.

Garden Goes In

Posted by kari on April 24, 2009
Posted under food

The garden is in! A little more work on Ray’s part, and a lot of help from the baby, we finished the irrigation and planted the first round of seeds and transplants.¬†

Flurry of Work Before the Winter

Posted by kari on October 20, 2008
Posted under Uncategorized

Working hard to get everything together before it is cold and wet. Ray put a drainage ditch around the barn. Combined with last year’s new gutters, this should work out well to controll some of the flooding we experience each year. Kari pulled the fencing from inside the barn. We now have a large open space again. The plan is to use that lumber to make some stalls and put everything together to move some goats in. The alpacas and llamas are not surprised by the changes, but are very glad that they have more venues to watch food preperation. The chickens have no idea what’s up. This is not unusual. Read the rest of this entry »

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