August 28, 2009

field of tulips

My scanner is finally not broken! Check out some new drawings... 
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August 26, 2009

Old Gregg, Earworms, German Giants, and Cow Poo





From left to right: Alba, Henrietta, Mordecai, and Old Gregg


We harvested A LOT of corn. I think we counted about three dozen so far. (We have plenty still maturing too!)  The corn earworms are ravaging them, but I've been told that they signify perfect, sweet, true corn. We have a second patch of corn that is only now developing ears, so we're going to try dropping mineral oil down the silks when they start to turn brown and create a vinegar barrier around the block of corn. We'll see what works. 

We also have loads of tomatoes starting to ripen. The grape tomatoes are fantastic. So tart! The ground cherries have an interesting taste. They have a mushier consistency than an asian pear, and taste like a combination of an apple and a tomato. Our pumpkins are getting larger and our beans are just amazing straight from the vine. I'm currently drying sunflower heads in the pantry. We'll see how that goes...

As for our winter garden:

Catskills Brussels Sprouts, Romanesco Italia Broccoli, Waltham 29 Broccoli, Violetta Italia Cauliflower, Snowball Self-Blanching Cauliflower, De Grace Snow and Snap Pea, Alaska Garden Pea, Helios Radish, German Giant Radish, Bacalan de Rennes Cabbage, Monstruex Viroflay Spinach, Giant Noble Spinach, Gigante D'Inverno Spinach, Half Long Guernesey Parsnip, American Purple Top Rutabaga, Potatoes, Garlic (I would also like to try Leeks, Beets, and Collard Greens)

And we plan to grow carrots, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, coco rubico bush beans, wheatgrass, onions,  and some assorted herbs in the basement. I can't wait for my studio to be overwhelmed by the scent of fresh tomato vine!

One last thing. We've decided we want to turn our "farm" into a biodynamic endeavor. I'm reading the most incredible book right now. It's called Secrets of the Soil. I can't tell you how much I recommend it. On my lunch breaks I learn about stuffing cow horns with cow poop to make humus, worm sex, why planetary and lunar alignment play such a key role in agriculture, the life-force of water, and additional crazy things I've never considered. 
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August 18, 2009

wet pacas








We've taken to watering alpacas on these hot, summer days. They love it. 

Also,
a bit about heart transplant patients FASCINATING,


and I'm not quite sure if I've linked to this before, but Paul Urich is one of my favorite artists.
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August 14, 2009

Stowell's Evergreen corn


Ground Cherry


Anne Arundel Melon

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August 13, 2009

we have chickens



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