Closings? Beginnings?

little froggy on grassI have enjoyed blogging at this site and taking pictures of the farm. I am always amazed by what I encounter here. I wish that I could continue to be involved in the farm and this blogging project, but Jason and I have come to the point where we are ending our relationship, so this will no longer be possible. I will miss the beauty that I have found here in all of its forms. Tish Mushin.

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Front Yard Garden

The front yard garden is for plants that need a little more care or that we are not very sure about how they grow. We do try to weed the other gardens but generally avoid irrigating as much as possible. The front yard garden plants might get a little water if they are really struggling.

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This is cleome. It is actually very hardy and just volunteered to show up in the front yard. We let it be because it is quite pretty, but prickly.

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These big leaves are turmeric. We don’t think that it will overwinter here, so will dig it in the fall and replant next spring. If any does make it, that will be a bonus.

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This is german chamomile. We were not sure how it would do in the hot dry summer here.

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This is borage. I saw it at the K-State garden but am not sure what they do to take care of it there. It is more common to coastal climates but is doing well here so far.

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This tree/bush is on the side of the house. It is a Rose of Sharon bush and does not need to be coddled even though it originated in Korea. But it’s really pretty and will bloom all summer.

We also frequently get a certain velvet buck in the front yard. He has been a bit stubborn about staying out.

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New sorghum press

We already had a sorghum press but it didn’t look like it would be very effective without a lot of additional work. Jason spotted this one at an auction and we became the proud owners of it. The whole process of making sorghum syrup will still take lots to set-up, but we are closer.

sorghum press 1 sorghum press 2 We didn’t find a manufacturing imprint on the press but it seems to be something like this model.

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This paper was given to us by the competitor buyer at the auction. Apparently, we both had the same maximum bid, so the price got driven up high. Most other people at the auction didn’t know what it was so it probably was surprising what it ended up going for. A bit surprising to me, too, but not that bad in the scheme of large manufacturing equipment.

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Kitchen Day 2–because it’s a little wet here

It’s been raining a lot the past few days. We knew that scattered thundershowers were predicted today but had not expected the amount of rain that has fallen since this morning. And it’s still raining.

rain gauge

Front yard

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North of the driveway

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South of the driveway

south of driveway

Our house is on a bit higher ground that these areas, so we’ve been relaxing inside and cooking.

Red cabbage sauerkraut (actually started a couple days ago)

sauerkraut

Corn tortillas

corn tortillas

Oatmeal peanut butter cookies

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Spanish rice with tomato sauce and vegetables from our freezer.

spanish rice

Elderberry juice. For elderberry syrup. Or wine. Or something. It is supposed to be very nutritious but tastes a little like dirty water.

elderberries strained elderberry juice

Kitchen Day 1

We knew that a storm was coming yesterday evening so decided to pick produce and harvest seeds before it got mucky.

Here are some greens: beet, fordham chard, and kale.

kale, collards & beet greens

I had picked some more turnips. We like to fry them like potatoes.

fried turnips

This is a special purslane variety (related to the weed people find in their parking strips) and also some cut up cabbage.

purslane and cabbage (1)

We had a very gourmet-looking lunch with my “dragon sauce”–sriracha, hot pepper powder, ketchup, and peanut butter.

stir fry pan

stir fry meal

We also roasted some beets later for dinner.

roasted beets

K State gardens

The Lyon county master gardeners had a field trip today to the K-State gardens. We also had an introduction to the plant pathology and soils labs. Here are some pictures from our trip.

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This is the conservatory. It is an old Victorian-style building that needs a lot of work but is still is a very interesting structure.

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The front of the conservatory had lots of day lilies of different varieties. I think this “mauna loa” variety was my favorite.

mauna loa daylilies

The center piece for the gardens was this fountain.

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The garden here was interesting because there were sections with different themes, i.e., native plants, but there was also some intermingling of culinary and ornamental plants. Here is a really nice stand of bronze fennel.

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Then here is “butterfly bush” which is Buddleja davidii.

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There is also an insect zoo, which we did not go to, but which is on my list for the future. These are soldier ant sculptures by the entrance of the insect lab.

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