Katy has been pulling her 4H project books and records together this week in anticipation of the county fair. She has also been writing letters to potential bidders for the livestock auction. Her hog that she wants to show is the Hampshire that she has named Paint.

Her poultry project has expanded a little since last year. She showed a New Hampshire Red hen last year, but she fell prey to the chicken monster. This year we expanded our scope a bit. She can show three birds that she picked out. A Barred Rock cockerel, a Light Brahma cockerel and a Black Australorp hen.

Our garden is finally starting to flex with the warmer nights. This has been a very long and wet spring. We just planted our sweet corn less than two weeks ago because the ground was too wet to work. All the pepper plants and tomatoes are coming into fruit. I’m impatiently waiting for that first ripe tomato. I even held back some of the excellent smoked bacon from last years hog just to have that first BLT.

I planted a hand full of yellow squash seed along the fence of the hog pen. Every one of the plants has been pumping out squash this week. I guess they really like the seepage from the wallow.

Our blackberries and raspberries are putting out more fruit than they ever have. I’m just so happy that we planted the thornless variety of blackberries. It sure makes the picking a lot less painful. The berries have really enjoyed the wet spring. Their fruit has been very plump, juicy and sweet. Theresa made up a white chocolate pie topped with fresh raspberry sauce and a mess of fat blackberries for her brothers birthday and another for a nice Saturday evening cookout with her yoga class buddies. I have been lucky enough to pig out on both of the pies. This one has almost convinced me that her apple pie has to ride in the back seat now. Almost.

Theresa tried a new one on me the other day. She used collards in a wilted lettuce type dish that was so very good. I’ve only had collards after they have been boiled for days with a hock and some beans and cornbread on the side. This was a very unexpected and tasty treat. I believe that Jim Gaffigin has it right. Everything is better with bacon.



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9 Comments

  1. Nita said,

    July 1, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Wow! I guess that vacation didn’t hurt did it? The garden looks great, as does the pig handler and her pig. I hope she gets a good price for all that work.

  2. Danielle said,

    July 2, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Geez louise, don’t y’all have flea beetles?! Everything looks lovely. What’s the cage in the back of the garden?

  3. Ed Abbey said,

    July 2, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    I used to think little smokies were about the best thing in life. Then someone brought in little smokies wrapped in bacon.

  4. July 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Woody, garden looks great man. I’m sure Katy will do well with the hog and chickens they are beautiful. Guess a little time away from the garden didn’t hurt a thing. Good luck with the BLT.Chris

  5. Woody said,

    July 3, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Nita..thanks. I hope she has a great fair this year. She has put a lot more thought into this years work.Danielle..the flea beetles don’t seem to like the collards and eggplant as companions. They haven’t been a problem this year. Last year our big pest was vine bores and squash bugs. This year the pests haven’t been too bad at all.The cage is a, sized to fit over our raised beds, chicken tractor. I’ll put a half dozen birds in it while we are out weeding. They are starting to learn that it is “grub time” when they hit the cage.ED..bippity boppity bacon!Chris…thanks. She deserves to do well.

  6. hillbilly2be said,

    July 3, 2008 at 8:08 PM

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  7. edifice rex said,

    July 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Wow, your garden looks great and those chickens are beautiful! What an assortment! It’s great your daughter loves the animals so; she really seems like a hard worker too.

  8. October 26, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    What a beautiful place you have! How do you fasten down the bean growing arches?

  9. Woody said,

    October 26, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Duck…I drove a two foot long piece of rebar along a line at about three and a half foot apart then wired the panels to the rebar. The spring tension of the panel keeps them where they need to be for the most part.


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