Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ground running tomatoes, peppers, and a turtle.

Alright, so it's not yogurt. Again. I'm sorry! I didn't have the time to get the photos off the card for that. Last night ended up being sort of a long one, and I ended up with less time than expected. The Lady of the House and I have been considering goats for some time, and some friends due to personal circumstances need help with their goats for a while. So, we're going to be helping out 3 times a week with goat feeding for some Boer goats. We'll see how it goes! Lesson one, don't go head to head with a buck. Also, don't go back of knee to head with a buck. Really, don't go back of knee to anything with any creature, it's a bad plan. But, back at home, we're starting to feed greens we're %100 sure of again. The rabbits are happy.

So happy in fact, that they were favoring the greens over the pellets. Of course the moment I went to photograph it, they start looking at what I'm doing instead of the food they'd been completely absorbed in before the click of the cellphone camera. In any case, as you can see they're doing well, and ll of them were crowded over on the other side of the formerly closed divider. As you can see the divider we have up there is bent back at the right of the photo. Initially we had that up between Splash and Streak since we weren't sure if they'd get along. At a certain point we realized that A: Splash and Streak were cuddling up to each other through the wire, and B: the kits were passing back and forth, and Streak (not mom) was taking care of then quite well, and sharing her food willingly. At that point we opened a path between the two, and are probably going to just take the wire down some time soon. As a note, I'm fairly sure that the kit in the foreground eating from the trough is Adventure Bunny. I'm kinda hoping it's a female.

Let's take a trip over to the garden for a few minutes. Going to start with the peppers. Right are the porch peppers. One if Czech Black, one is Ghost Pepper, and I forget what the other is, Limon I think. They're doing better than any of the peppers in the ground. Probably because they don't have to compete with the rocky soil everything else is getting.  That said, as you can see Below the experimental peppers I'm growing aren't doing terribly. Just, not quite as big.
 The experimental peppers are for a project with the Hilltown Seed Saving Network in conjunction with Crabapple farm. The purpose is to see if the Limon peppers cross bred with any other peppers around it last year. So far it looks true to type, but we'll have to see when we actually bite into it. For the purposes of the experiment I have 6 plants of that variety growing. At some point I'm going to have to talk about isolation distance and seed saving on the blog, but that's a more technical topic than I really want to get into today.

The other thing I wanted to touch on today is our tomatoes. Due to a variety of factors they don't have s stakes, not least of which is not enough money to get stakes, also to include too tired to make a make shift, or make do option. This has led to ground running tomatoes that I hope to get on trellises soon. But as you can see Below they don't seem to be Too unhappy, and are in fact setting tomatoes already.  The Lady of the House is very happy, because what you see there is some form of cherry tomato which she will eat as snack food given half a chance. I believe, though I can't find the type marker that those are Sun Golds.

And last but not least, we rescued a turtle today. If you see a turtle trying to cross the road, please, stop and move it to the other side. A good reference site is the Turtle Rescue League that gives some good guidelines. If you don't want to click the link. Pick the turtle up by the sides of the shell, move it low to the ground, and put it down on the other side of the road facing the direction of travel. Don't take it home, don't relocate it. Just help it get across safe. This guy looks like an Eastern Painted Turtle to me, but I'm not an expert so if you know for sure, chime in!


  1. Unless it's a snapping turutle, then leave it alone or it might bite your toe off. Seriously. On the other hand, most snapping turtles are as big as a car tire, so you probably couldn't pick them up anyway.

    1. Yes, very good reminder! I've seen people leading alligator snappers off the road by poking them with a stick, then when they latch on leading it with the stick until the snapper breaks it. If you start with a stick as big around as your forearm it should be ok! Over all though, leave snappers alone.