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August 15, 2014

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- My chickens have found a way out of their run. I went out to feed one morning and found both roosters plus two of the three hens loose in the barnyard. They followed me back to the run and walked politely through the door to get their breakfast. Since then, I've found one or two out every morning, and sometimes when I do the evening chores as well. One day I noticed a rooster was loose, but when I went out to feed in the evening, he was back in the run, so evidently the hole goes both ways, so to speak. That's pretty awesome for a tiny chicken brain to comprehend.

-- For the very first time ever, I think I'm fighting tomato blight in the garden. I'm not positive, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I think one of the mortgage lifter plants had early blight near the beginning of the season. I cut off all the dead and yellow foliage, so much that I thought I might lose the plant, but it recovered. Now one of the homestead tomato plants might have late blight. I trimmed it severely this week and will see how it does. There's still a lot of growing season left, so I hope I can contain this.

-- Am I the only one who feels a great sense of urgency to get ready for winter? It doesn't matter that it's mid-August and the temperature is in the high 90's, it just seems like winter is right around the corner and biting at my heels.


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  1. Anonymous5:49 PM

    Kathi, a lot of folks are talking about the weather and an early fall/heavy winter. And it all started this week, even here in Georgia. The night time temps are just barely in the 60s and that's unusual. S'OK with me, I had 2 new wood stoves put in earlier this year & have a full woodshed. Jan in NWGA

  2. We've had a cooler than usual summer here in Oklahoma, Jan - and that's fine with me too. I'm prepared for winter, but I don't yet feel as though I'm "ready".

  3. I'm not ready for winter yet. I still want to be able to harvest my garden for at least two more months. It has been a very cool summer, though. It was 60 degrees for the low twice this week. Very unusual. We'll see.


  4. Exactly, Fern, I'm hoping for a lot of gardening still ahead, and also hoping that I won't have to start feeding hay for quite some time yet.


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