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Wednesday

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July 2014

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6 Top Heirloom Tomatoes

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Many people who have tasted an heirloom tomato would agree it was the most delicious tomato they had ever eaten. These tomatoes are grown from tomato seeds that have been saved and passed through countless generations to persons or families. Tomato heirloom seeds have created some of the most flavorful and high producing tomatoes that continue to amaze and excite people all over the world. These are 6 Top Heirloom Tomatoes that are very popular. Brandywine heirloom tomatoes is one of the most well-known heirloom tomatoes. Many experts classify it as the most delicious tomatoes that can be found. These tomatoes are large and red, weighing around 2 pounds each. Their production is plentiful and they continue to produce more and more tomatoes once they begin. Brandywine heirloom seeds date back to the late 1800s. These tomatoes become ripe after 85 days from transplanting. Gold Rush Currant heirloom tomatoes grow in clusters of small tangerine colored fruits that are very juicy and sweet. They also produce in copious amounts consistently and are ready to be picked 80 days after transplanting. Yellow or brightly colored tomatoes are also considered to be sweeter than red tomatoes. The Super Snow White heirloom tomatoes […]

Monday

23

June 2014

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings for June 23rd. This is my account of things we had done so far on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm. During the Winter we added Horse manure to the garden plot. Yellow Straight Neck Squash have gone crazy. My goal was 52 qts for the year. I made that, gave away several buckets full to kids, my mother, and friends. We are still canning Squash today and will need to pick it again tomorrow. We planted Country Gentleman White corn, but it didn’t do well. I just discovered some of the ears have Smut on them. We had to burn them. We do plan to plant more for a second garden later. Did get some cornsilk to dry for my medicine cabinet. Stan went crazy on planting all the seeds I gathered and didn’t realize he had planted okra. It is not even a foot tall and is trying to bloom on us.Don’t think it is gonna do good either. Our Cabbage Collards are doing fine. I planted them thick and we have been eating what we thin out. I have even managed to can a few qts of them. Our Tomatoes are just beginning to make, […]

Tuesday

19

November 2013

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Preserving the Bounty from Your Hobby Farm

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Hobby Farms have a bounty that should be preserved. It will depend on what you are farming as to how best to preserve the bounty, which is available. If it is vegetables you are farming, then canning and preserving them cannot only give you food for the winter, they can also be sold at a profit. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are all ways to preserve the bounty of your garden. This is just one avenue for preserving the bounty of your garden. Now if you are dealing with milk or meat, you have different options. Diary can be turned into milk or cheese. Depending on your options that are available, the extra cheese can either be sold or aged for later selling. Preserving milk from milk animals requires the process of refrigeration and pasteurization in order to keep it from going bad. Making ice cream can be an option to freezing milk. Milk can be used in many different recipes as well as being dried to make powdered milk options. Cheese making allows you to age the cheese until it is ready for sale or consumption. Storing it in a dark and cool place will keep it from going bad. […]

Tuesday

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November 2013

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Tuesday Morning Rambling Thought

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The Weather is turning colder this evening. So that means we will be finishing the Hobby Farm winterizing of the plants and animals outside today. I have been bringing in firewood this morning and keeping a slow burning fire in the fireplace so it will keep the chill knocked off the air and make it easy to warm the house up tonight when the temps will be in the freezing zones. Going to have a nice big pot of Chicken and Rice with some fried cornbread and spiced blackberry juice for supper. I may even find an old black and white movie to watch and just snuggle on the couch in front of the fire with my husband. I am glad for the chance to just sit and talk about things with him now.

Friday

8

November 2013

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Friday Morning Ramblings on the Hobby Farm

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After my first pot of coffee this morning, I will again become awake. My husband is building a small fire in the livingroom fireplace to knock the chill off the air this morning. He worked the nightshift again last night and will be snuggling into the bed soon. I am glad he has the next two days off. He needs some rest and we still have some winterizing to do around the farm. After feeding all the animals including myself this morning, I will start raking and cleaning the yard today. Removing some of the dead plants from the flower and vegetable beds around the house itself will help to add to our compost bins today. There is plastic to hang over the Rabbit Houses, chicken coop, duck pens, and the goat house. When my husband gets up he will be running some of the wiring for the new heat lamps we have for all the animals housing. We plan to keep them all warm this winter. Reminds me of the Aviary we had. It was warmer than our own house at times and I loved spending hours in there with the animals just watching and listening to them. I […]

Thursday

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June 2012

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The Solution to Adding a Watering System

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Having the perfect lawn or garden this year means having the right watering system for it. Now this doesn’t mean you go out in the yard or garden and dig it all up making it unsightly.  Using tripod lawn sprinkler systems can make things simple for you and can water your lawn or garden as well as the more expensive systems. There is no need for the big industrial type sprinklers which most farms use today. In combination with the right sprinkler heads, the system works like the ones used by professional farmer. Simply plant the system firmly on the ground and adjust the height so it covers the area you want watered. The Pop-up sprinkler is another sprinkler system that can be used in your yard or vegetable garden. It cost a little more and is a little more complex to install which does consist of digging up your yard or garden. It pops-up out of the ground to deliver water to your yard or gardens; then disappears back into the ground when it is finished. It leaves no unsightly equipment sticking up out of the grounds. Either one of these sprinkler systems can be coupled with a timer, […]

Saturday

26

May 2012

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Today’s Happenings on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm

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Plums Plums and more Plums will be picked today on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm. I only have 2 extremely large trees that make the bright red variety of plums and they are loaded. Today I am making a plum sauce (gelled like cranberry sauce) and plum jelly too. I have a few jars of plum juice canning for us to have to drink. It is really nice to serve hot with a cinnamon stick to stir it on a cold winter day. Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm Squash (yellow crookneck and straight neck, zucchini and patty) were all loaded yesterday, so I am sending some to work with Stan today for his boss, who was hinting he’d like to have some fresh squash. Later this afternoon, I will be picking snap beans and English peas. They are slowing down now so I hope to get enough for supper tonight.   We did our morning feeding of all our birds. Stan had moved the new Jumbo Coturnix quail from the brooder to a quail pen he recently made yesterday. We found only one dead this morning. It was the smallest one and I think it was a shock of the moving that may have […]

Sunday

15

April 2012

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Adventures in Ordering Hatching Quail Eggs From Wolfe’s Quail Farm

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We are trying our hand at raising Quail this year. We have one Texas A & M and about 20 regular size Coturnix. However, today we just received a shipment of 50 hatching Jumbo Coturnix Quail from Wolfe’s Quail Farm in McDavid, Florida. Although, I was a little reluctant to order eggs online and have them mailed to us, so I decided only to order 50 eggs this time. Since we are so new at this, I had many questions for Dianna Wolfe, owner of Wolfe’s Quail Farm about the whole ordeal. Of course, my first thought was; how will the eggs appear once they arrive? Dianna wraps each little Quail egg in bubble wrap, and then places the eggs on top of shredded newspaper. Once every egg is securely wrapped in bubble wrap, she stuffs the box with a thick layer of shredded newspaper. The next question that popped into my head was; what is next? How do I hatch them? This was her reply, “Well for the incubation process…it takes 17 days for them to hatch. Keep the temp at 100 degrees the whole time. The humidity should be between 51 and 60% during the first 15 days. Then […]

Thursday

5

January 2012

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Saturday

31

December 2011

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Lastest Farm auctions

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