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Where do I start? It's been a while.

Blueberries were pretty good this year. Last year the drought had them smaller than usual. This year's rain in June had them just the right size and sweetness. (Since they're not the small, wild, kind.) This year's pies required no more than a 1/4 cup of sugar, maybe not that. But I was making them to others' tastes, not mine, so I did add sugar. I shipped blueberries again to frostokovich and dancinghorse. They have a standing order, plus I can never thank either of them enough for their mentoring over the years. And they're both blueberry freaks, like I am.

The last pie was made while I was at Readercon, for my parents. This is the first summer they haven't been out at the farm and helping me pick what I needed for pie after pie. And this year I learned to make blueberry muffins from scratch. Not all that hard, really. Joy of Cooking is a great resource.

Eggs are stacking up a bit. Our primary buyer moved to New Zealand. We were up to a gross in the fridge, but I'm working it down. Eggs for every meal, basically. No need to buy meat until they're down to a dull roar. The cool part is that I've been boiling the old ones (they need to be about 2 weeks old or they won't peel) and E is eating them like crazy, deviled and plain, both. And we have six new little ones who are already pumping out pullet eggs. We lost six this spring (boy, those March girls were dumber than posts!) and replaced them before we realized we were losing our best buyer. But it's fun to see them flying around the run. They're feistier than the March bunch, some of them are taking no grief from the big girls, climbing right up onto the top roost at night.

TWO woodchucks now. Sheesh. I just hope our bachelor didn't get married this spring.

Frog Out



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Jul. 24th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
How lucky you are living where blueberries will grow! For some odd reason, they just don't seem to like desert states...
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
No, blueberries like it wet and occasionally cool. Dancing Horse lives in AZ, but came from New England, so that explains why she's a blueberry freak. There's no explaining Frost.

Hiya. Thanks for playing! Nice to meet you.

Jul. 24th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
And same!

Yea, living in Reno does have it's growing challenges, particualrily since I'm from Louisiana where growing was no problem. And I am a blueberry nut, but just 'cause they be good!

Wonder if I can get a shrub to gro in a pot if I keep it wet and make sure the soil is acidic enough...hm. Do blueberries require two plants, or are they good with one?

Jul. 24th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
my understanding is that you need a cross-pollination with the bees and preferably with two different kinds of bushes at a minimum. I have 11 mature bushes, pretty much different varieties and ripening dates. Seems to work well. I'll bet they'll ship 'em to you. Wonder if you could keep them indoors most of the year and put them out for the flowering/pollination.

Worth a shot if you're a blueberry freak.
Jul. 24th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
The online/catalog nurseries do sell a couple of varieties they claim are patio blueberries: comfortable in containers, and self-pollinating. Top Hat is one variety name. I'd guess the biggest challenge you'd have in Reno is relative humidity. Worth trying, though.
Jul. 24th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I've checked in the past for some that are heat tolerant, and that could be pot grown. I'll have to check around again...it's been years.
Jul. 24th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, I love the farm news. Will you post pics of the girls again sometime?

Any chance of a farmer's market near you where you could get rid of the eggs?
Jul. 24th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
too many rules and it costs for a location, but yes, we have several I shop at. can't even get someone else to sell them because there's a rule you can't sell it unless you grew it. but we're managing. The pile is reducing.

I'll go down to the barn with the Dude in the evening. He's cultivating one of the babies to sit on his arm each night.

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Jul. 24th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, sure! you planning to squeeze it through the wires???

Jul. 24th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Just an editorial note with respect to the farm news. Think the passing of Walkabout and Hobbes are topics that need to be covered. Walkabout in particular seemed to have a devoted following amongst the readership. In addition, I think we need to have some snippets on Fat Head Pouf.

Just some ideas for further updates.

Weather Dude
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