Thursday, July 2, 2015

Favorite Garden Hats

When July hits I discover my favorite style cadet hats just don't protect my ears, neck, and face from the strong Texas sunshine.

Normally I'm outdoors in the early morning and late evening with hopes to work in the shade.  This doesn't always happen and later find myself thinking it's time for a new summer hat.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Small Business Delivers Excellence

Last Friday I traveled to town to purchase a new weed eater mower; the day started early at 6:15 am. Chores needed to be done and I wanted to get back quick so I could cut the grass.  During the summer my outside hours are early morning and late evening.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Growing Zinnias

 I started growing zinnias about 15 years ago; imagining the garden without a few incorporated would probably make me a sad gardener.   When zinnias grow they seem to have a mind of their own, kind of like me.

Zinnias are easy flowers to grow making them a perfect option for beginner and established gardeners. You'll enjoy the vibrant color patterns, which makes them perfect for fresh cut vase arrangements.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beginner Gardeners - Harvesting with Plans to Expand

Here we are with a few tips for new and beginner gardeners.  I must admit my garden has been slow going this year.  With all the rain I wasn't sure if I should even continue planting.

Instead I scaled back and earlier this week harvested Italian Beans.  These happen to be my favorite and a family tradition.  It also looks like there will be zucchini ready before the weekend arrives.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bobwhite Quail Outdoors

It's been 2.5 weeks since the quail went outdoors to live.  This was a wonderful day because it meant cleaning the brooder containers was over.  The quail are about 5.5 weeks and they love being outside.

When the bobwhites were in the brooder I noticed they had strong flock instincts.  This remained true when we placed them in the sanctuary.  We have a total of seventy-five; this stationary coop is my favorite because they can discover life in a natural environment.

Let's go back to June 3rd, the rain finally came to a stop and these birds were ready to spread their wings.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Raising Emus

This is my husband Robert we had last week off and it seemed like a good time to introduce the Emus without a fence dividing them.

The little ones are funny and excited to be out in the open.  Introductions went pretty well until a little pecking started.  This may have been due to establishing dominance or a possible greeting.

We decided to keep the little ones separate from Chaka; they're currently in the sheep gathering area.  Once they grow another foot they should be able to all live together without any problems.

They're growth has been explosive; let's take a look at just how fast these amazing birds grow.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Llama Fertilizer Tea

There's one thing almost everyone in the south enjoys and that's a nice glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.  Normally when you order tea in a restaurant you're asked, "Would you like that sweeten or unsweetened?"  I always answer, "Unsweetened with a slice of lemon."

You might be surprised to know our plants also enjoy tea, especially if it comes from the farm.  Do you make fertilized tea for your plants?

Today we're making Llama Fertilizer Tea.  This mixture can be used for all hanging baskets, stationary planters and raised beds.