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Friday Ranch Day: May 31, 2013

The garden is fully planted now and even has the drip irrigation mostly installed.  Now to just get a power cord down there to turn on the timer.  That thing is fabulous!

Lots planted this year and with the newly built raised beds they actually have a chance of survival from the damn gophers.  Sure, it will take most of my lifetime to grow enough veggies to break even on the cost of the wood and dirt but hey, the piece of mind that barrier of wire mesh between my precious tomatoes and those furry little buggers is worth it.

Baby corn.

Baby Corn Plants

Baby tomatoes.

Baby Tomatoes

Baby potatoes.

Baby Potatoes

Baby peppers.

Baby Peppers

We also planted radishes, beans, egg plants, and tons of onions.  I still need to put down a layer of straw mulch to keep the soil moist since the hot California summer is only starting.

Blue Bird Update:  The little guys had flown the nest two days after I last wrote an update.  With five babies in there I bet the parents encouraged a quick graduation to adulthood.  ha!  Last week my dad took a peek inside and saw that there were 5 new eggs.  Those are some busy parents!

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Signs of spring on the ranch

The blue bird nest is occupied again.  We are going to put Tanglefoot on the post this year in the hopes of not loosing any more babies to ants like we have in the past.
The Eureka lemons are bursting off the tree.  I see lots of juicing in my future.  The biggest thing I am looking forward with on weaning is being able to drink lemonade again.
Eureka Lemons

The vetch is blooming like crazy.  This causes mass amounts of excitement from a certain 3 year old who think purple is “THE BEST COLOR EVER”!


Finally, we have some very frustrated gophers who have discovered our newly installed raised beds.  They are trying their darndest to get in but to no avail.  Wahahahaha!  


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Life on the ‘ranch’

This year I decided to do soil solarization in the vegetable garden to hopefully kill the copious amounts of weeds and the gosh darned gophers.  It got so bad last year that I was a little tempted to use weed killer and I’m very pro organic. 

And the gophers.  Oh the gophers.  I made wire cages to plant the tomatoes in because so many of them got eaten the year before.  The gophers simply walked up the to plants, cut them down like a beaver, and then dragged them to their hole. Arg!

Since, no garden means no fresh veggies, my dad suggested we try a handing tomato planter.  So far so good.  The tomatoes are growing well (the weather is finally hot) and it’s fun to watch the plant try to reach up to the sky.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they do.  Cross your fingers for some yummy tomatoes in another month!

My parents brought over a blue bird house a few months ago and soon there was a happy family living inside.  The coolest thing about this bird house was one side was hinged and when opened, a clear plexy glass panel showed what was inside.  Little birds!  This family has since grown up and ‘flown the coup’ and now the house is home to a pair of finches.


We have a HUGE lemon tree in the orchard and it is finally time to start picking.  Yay!  The next few months will be filled with picking and juicing and freezing the flavorful, tart, fresh lemons.  I’ve heard you can freeze the zest too which is worth a try.  Lemon Bars here I come! 


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