Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Transplanting Greens

The plug trays were overflowing with greens, so Kelsi spent the last 2days transplanting them all. Hours of time were spent in this massive transplant.

Our plants don't normally get leggy, but some have gotten so big that they have done just that.
Bok Choy

We have all the transplanted greens underneath row cover in the greenhouse. 
This shelf is 16feet and is already loaded with hundreds of plants. We are going to be adding a new shelf in the near future I guess!

Most have transplanted very well. There are a couple wilted plants, but for the most part the plants are doing excellent!

To see this years planting list you can go HERE:

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Final Goodbye to Juliette, 3/9/07-3/20/12

Last Tuesday we said our final goodbyes to Juliette Rose Halpern. She has lost her 5 year long battle with kidney disease. She was the best farm dog a person could ask for. She was a careful guardian of her flock, a loyal gardening enthusiast, and a great younger sister to Khma.
Her troubles started a few days prior. Julies stopped eating and was barely drinking water, and she loved water! She would just sleep all day, barely moving. She didn't even really want to go outside.
We tried managing her fluids at home. 
It was no help. On Sunday after vomiting multiple times that day, we had to take her to the Emergency Vet Clinic. They ran blood tests and her kidney function was the worst it has ever been. They kept her overnight to give her IV fluid therapy, antinausea medications, and antibiotics.
Regrettably we said goodnight and left her at the Emergency Clinic overnight.
The next day, she wasn't much better. We took her to our regular vet to continue the fluid therapy.

She was able to eat a small amount of food after we covered it in baby food.
They rechecked her kidney function in the afternoon and it had barely improved. We decided to take her home and spend some precious last time with our baby.
She didn't have a lot of energy, but the time spent was well worth it.
She even slept at the head of the bed all night in between Kelsi and I, which she has never done. After Julies layed with us for 12 hours in the same spot without moving, we knew it was time. She felt so poorly that she just urinated in bed rather than getting up. She was also nauseous most of the night and kept swallowing to keep from throwing up.
We offered her a last meal of boiled Organic hamburger, thanks to Kelsi's mom.

She enjoyed every last bite. Licked the bowl clean.
We let her have the window in the car open most of the way to the vet, even though it was freezing. She loved it!
Putting her down was just awful. It was the most terrible experience one can ever experience as a pet owner. She went peacefully with Kelsi, Khma, Dr. Megan, and myself at her side. We brought her bed in to lay on for the procedure. It was very hard, but eventually we left her. She stayed on her own bed until the cremation service came to get her.
The vet gave us a clipping of her hair and paw print as a momento of her life.
Kelsi spent the next couple tearful days making an urn for Julies. It was a plain wooden box that Kelsi painted, and then covered in photos of Julies and us.

We got her ashes back on Friday. We put them in the bottom of the box along with her collar, hair clipping and paw print. We miss her more than anything. Life just isn't the same without her. I feel weird working outside without her following me around everywhere. It is a strange and uncomfortable feeling not having her at my side anymore.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spading Fork

Businesses that have great customer service are becoming increasingly rare. It seems that making a 'buck' is a little more important than treating people right.
That's why I was annoyed when I broke my favorite spading fork. I use this tool more than any other. This tool is the boss in the garden and can handle anything in the chicken coop. A truly versatile tool. I noticed on the label that it said five year warranty. So, I contacted Ames True Temper customer service. They had me take some photos of the tool for them and they promptly replied to tell me that they will be sending me a new one.
Sure enough! A week later this big box was at our door!
My brand new spading fork! Looks like it has a little more reinforcement in the area that broke on my other one. Hopefully I can get years of service out of this one too!

Thanks for the great customer service True Temper!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Above the Fog

We are on a hillside overlooking a valley formed by the Palouse.
A couple of weeks ago the fog set below the level of the hillside.
Looks like you could walk on top of the fog from the field. 
Sure was beautiful. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

What's This Little Bugger?

It's a seed sprouting from a zucchini that went bad in our storage room. That's a determined seed!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Transplanting Peppers

The peppers were big enough to transplant, so Kelsi and I spent the afternoon in the greenhouse yesterday doing just that!
We also moved the onions outside to free up some room under the grow lights.
Kelsi made up all the labels.
Look at her fingernail! 
We ended up using 9 flats loaded with 18 4" pots each.
We had a lot of help from our pal Matilda (top right).
She kept a close eye on us.

Peppers always seem to be sad after transplanting. The leaves get saggy and the plants just look terrible. We try to counter that by watering with warm water after transplanting and we try to limit the time they have to spend outside before getting them back under the lights.
In total we have 159 peppers and eggplants! Not too bad at all. Warming mats were a success!

Thanks for reading!