Category Archives: On the Farm

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COYOTES ARE EATING OUR WATERMELONS!

Crows and raccoons will poke holes in the watermelons or just scoop some of the insides out, but coyotes will eat them right down to the rinds. If they decide not to eat them on the spot, they will travel across an 80 acre pasture with them. They bite into them, pick them up, and just trot off with them.

Over the years, the only deterrent we have found that works is putting a tomato cage over the watermelons as they start to grow. The coyotes have yet to figure out how to move the cages and the melons can’t be pulled through the wire. We manage to save a few watermelons each year using this method.

Do you have issues with coyotes?  How do you keep them or other animals out of your garden?

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Making BLUEBERRY JAM

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I love blueberries and I love making jams and jellies so when I get blueberries, some will go into the freezer and some will be canned.

I must confess that though I love making jams, I don’t really eat a lot of it for breakfast.  I do however, use my jams in recipes like muffins and cupcakes.

I usually use my old Ball Blue Book of Preserving for my canning recipes and that is where this recipe for Blueberry Jam comes from.  I did however, add lemon juice because I like to add a little tartness into my sweet jams.

INGREDIENTS

  • 9 cups of crushed Blueberries
  • 6 cups of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

DIRECTIONS

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How to Grow ~ SWEET POTATOES

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Unlike regular potatoes, which grow best when the soil is cool, sweet potatoes like it hot! They are tropical plants that are very sensitive to cold weather. In warm climates, many gardeners plant sweet potatoes about a month after the last spring frost, when both the air and soil are dependably warm. The plants produce lush vines that make a pretty ground cover, so they are a great crop for beds that adjoin areas that are difficult or tiresome to mow.

SOIL, PLANTING, AND CARE

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FLOWERS FROM THE YARD

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The hydrangeas are beautiful this year.  They range from bright pinks to blues to a beautiful variegated variety.  I had to grab my camera and get some photos of some of the flowers around the farm.

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SPRAY DRIFT FROM AERIAL APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES

I’m watching this helicopter make turns over my house while spraying over nearby timberland. If anything actually lives this year (it hasn’t survived in the past) it will no longer be organic and all eggs that my chickens lay today will need to be thrown out.

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