Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Everybody’s doing it! #1

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Meet David Perreault.

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He is a neighbor of mine who lives up the hill in the Wedington Woods area.  This year he started a garden in his front yard after coming down a few times with his family and asking some questions.  David said that he has tried two years in a row to grow vegetables in his yard with no luck at all.  Being intrigued by the raised beds, he ordered his own dirt and with a little help of some ice storm debris, he constructed his own.  He also amended his soil with compost and added some mulch.  

David has installed a U-shaped bed and added some drainage ports at the lower sloped areas of the bed.  He started all of his plants from seed in his garage.  He mentioned that a lot of his transplants sat in the ground for a bit, doing nothing, until the heat set in here in Northwest Arkansas.  In this region we experienced rain for a month which caused everyone’s plants to suffer and delay their growth.  

In his family’s garden they are growing:

Snap peas           Cucumbers

Corn                     Watermelon

Pole beans          Pumpkins

Bush beans         Summer squash

Carrots                 Potatoes

Bell peppers        Jalapeno peppers

Broccoli               Tomatoes

Lettuce/Kale       Onions

Sunflowers

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Bell peppers/Jalapeno peppers

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Tomatoes

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Yellow crook-neck squash

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Watermelon

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His girls picking snap peas

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It looks easy doesn’t it?

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Potatoes

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Carrots

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Onions

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Broccoli

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This is Henry their garden mascot.

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Bush beans

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This is Corinne, sorry if I misspelled your name.  She was very proud to show me the flowers her and her sister planted for their mom for Mother’s Day.

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You see, you don’t need that much space to grow a fantastic garden full of fresh produce.  The best part is, it only has to travel a few feet to get from your garden to your plate!  Thank you David and family for setting an example for  us all.

Hail storm

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I believe this to be an isolated incident, I don’t believe all were affected by this the other night, but in my neck of the woods, Hwy 16 west, we received 15 minutes of hail followed by a torrent of rain.  It didn’t make sense to me, because it was 90 degrees that day.  The rain and hail came at about a quarter of two in the morning.  I forget that things like hail develop thousands of feet up, where it’s colder, go figure.  It was an experience though.  The only hail I have ever experienced in my life has been small pea-sized hail, the kind you see and go “Oh, it’s hailing!”.  This hail was quite large and it was as if it were being shot out of a gun at the ground.  Paul ran outside when it let up a little and grabbed a few pieces of it and took a picture.  All I could think was “PLEASE don’t break a window!” wether it be car or house.  Ahhh the midwest and it’s whack weather phenomenon’s!

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Chicken matinence

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Our babies, not so much anymore, received their first taste of the outside the other day while I cleaned out their temporary living quarters.  Oliver was really excited because he was able to hold onto one of them.

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This photo looks a little strange, that’s not te chicken’s eye, it’s a little mohawk it’s getting on top of its head.

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A temporary home for them.  They loved being outside!  We are working on making a temporary home for them in the existing chicken yard, it’s in the works.

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Potatoes for the masses!

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For a limited time only, you have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy fresh, local potatoes which only had to travel 9 miles to the natural food store, Ozark Natural Foods, in Fayetteville Arkansas.  There were about  a half a bushel a piece of red and white potatoes.  And my goodness are they delicious!

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