June 23, 2009

Updates from the farm

Well . . . quite obviously the busy-ness of summertime has caught up with us, judging by the lack of blog updates around here! However, we've been taking photos of everything we've been doing, so without further ado, here's a visual journey of the last few weeks at Fox Hill Farm . . .

First, the seedlings arrived from Seed Savers Exchange; boxes of heirloom tomatoes and peppers.

As usual, the seedlings were beautiful; healthy and strong.
Unpacking the seedlings took quite a while. . . .

. . . planting them all took even longer. :-)

The strawberries are nearly ready!! We've built hardware-cloth covers for the strawberries beds and have successfully saved them from the ground squirrels. . . so far, anyway. . .

We've planted three different varieties of peas this year; here are the "Golden Sweet" peas. . . this was taken about 10 days ago; they are about three times that size now.

The tomatoes are doing quite well so far; the Stupice and Mexico Midgets have blossoms already. You should see the abundance of chives in the garden this year!

The bees are doing very well; all of the hives are thriving and we have been seeing the "girls" out on the dandelions, in the apple blossoms, and in the chives. In the vegetable garden we also planted zinnias and marigolds to continue attracting the bees up to the garden.

Checking another hive. . .

The bunnies are enjoying the summer weather, too---fun times in their exercise pen and fresh greens to eat every night---what more could a bunny ask for?
We photographed the yearlings last week; here is Miracle Jack Bee Quick (Mt. Ridge Yellow Jacket x Severn Ribbons 'N Lace), buckskin Welsh Mt. Pony colt at 12 months old:

and here is Miracle Minute Maid (Mt. Ridge Yellow Jacket x Miracle Maid to Order), bay Welsh Mt. Pony filly:

. . . we have lots of additional photos to post, but those will have to come in a separate post. . . this one is already quite long. :-)

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