Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hops Doctor

Rich got this hops rhizome to sprout - after FOUR months of nothing and being dug up by scavaging chipmunks a few times. He can seriously coax anything to grow!
The little Cascade hop rhizome that could!
(Have ya seen the lemongrass he rooted this spring? We already have to re-pot it since it has spread so much since May.)
Lemongrass - now native to Western New York
His next project is growing a Giant Atlantic Pumpkin. They can get up to 1,000 pounds! The six he planted are about to flower any day now. His goal is to grow one huge one and float it over the locks and/or Niagara Falls. Main adversary: Turns out grazing deer like tender pumpkin leaves and flowers, too. We'll see who gets the upper hand!

Giant Atlantic Pumpkin under protection

Giant Atlantic Pumpkin getting bigger

Friday, July 1, 2011

Farm Week in Pictures

This week, we share our updates in 8 pictures, instead of words. Enjoy scenes from around the farm!
Hello in there!

Hope the garden fence keeps the deer out. 

Rich feels like an ostrich (digging rocks out of post holes)

Sealing the 18-foot poles for the hops trellis

Deer have eaten the hogweed! Amazing Discovery!
Tiger Lilies bloom on the front lawn

Apples growing nicely

Wild blackberries - We've found about 100 plants around - Yum!