Timey Wimey Yard Farmer

growing an edible yard...and other lost arts

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One timey wimey piece for the garden I have been on the lookout for:  a Jeffersonian wind gauge.  Thomas Jefferson was an avid plantsman and weather watcher.  He devised several useful weather instruments in his time.  We don’t get much rain here so a Jeffersonian rain gauge would be second on my list. Wind, however, comes each year by the name of the “Santa Ana’s”.  I also collect blue glass, so this adds extra interest for me.

One timey wimey piece for the garden I have been on the lookout for:  a Jeffersonian wind gauge.  Thomas Jefferson was an avid plantsman and weather watcher.  He devised several useful weather instruments in his time.  We don’t get much rain here so a Jeffersonian rain gauge would be second on my list. Wind, however, comes each year by the name of the “Santa Ana’s”.  I also collect blue glass, so this adds extra interest for me.

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This year for my birthday I planted (with my mom) 100 grape hyacinth bulbs that my dear boyfriend gave me.  I planted them under our lovely crooked apple tree in the front yard, with the hope of creating a scene like this one someday.  Grape hyacinths are one of the few spring bulbs that I grew up with that can handle the heat and drought here.  The rest of the front yard will be native drought tolerant plants that only need the “winter” rains and no more.  Saving irrigation needs for my yardfarm out back.  As of today, 4 bulbs have popped up (one week after planting…) and hopefully more to come.  xoxo

This year for my birthday I planted (with my mom) 100 grape hyacinth bulbs that my dear boyfriend gave me.  I planted them under our lovely crooked apple tree in the front yard, with the hope of creating a scene like this one someday.  Grape hyacinths are one of the few spring bulbs that I grew up with that can handle the heat and drought here.  The rest of the front yard will be native drought tolerant plants that only need the “winter” rains and no more.  Saving irrigation needs for my yardfarm out back.  As of today, 4 bulbs have popped up (one week after planting…) and hopefully more to come.  xoxo

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I had this idea for a watch about 3 years ago when I was searching for a sundial for my garden…. and just realized that FOSSIL invented one in the 80’s. Great minds….   Truly Timey Wimey.  <3  Want.

I had this idea for a watch about 3 years ago when I was searching for a sundial for my garden…. and just realized that FOSSIL invented one in the 80’s. Great minds….   Truly Timey Wimey.  <3  Want.

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What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp. ~Author Unknown

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Hey hey it’s my birthday! Gonna party like it’s my birthday!!!  So I have had the idea for this painting for about two years now.  Wanted to paint my very own pair of wellies.  After the long hold that has been placed on the yardfarm while I learned my new job ~ that will help support the yardfarm ~ I am finally back into the swing of things.  Lemons are about to be harvested for Birthday Limoncello.  Garden plans for the front beds of the yardfarm are progressing….  while the backyard seems to be inundated with the clover that comes with rain.  And in this beautiful rainy time of year, my painting has come back to me. Hello moon garden in the shape of wellies!  Boots come equipped with lunar moths, fireflies, all phases of the moon, moonflower vines, and variegated hostas….  Project yardfarm 2013 is officially underway. Purchased at the local hardware store and lovingly hand~painted by yours truly.

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Really, in a way.  Its like I am meek and mild Diana Prince of the Institute, and Wonder Woman of the yardfarm!  Dispensing justice on the weeds and garden fauna&#8230;  reclaiming order of a lost secret garden (in the interest of justice!!!)
Really&#8230;.in a way&#8230;
(Where did my lasso of truth go?&#8230;. I know I left it around here somewhere&#8230;.)

Really, in a way.  Its like I am meek and mild Diana Prince of the Institute, and Wonder Woman of the yardfarm!  Dispensing justice on the weeds and garden fauna…  reclaiming order of a lost secret garden (in the interest of justice!!!)

Really….in a way…

(Where did my lasso of truth go?…. I know I left it around here somewhere….)

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So after taking a job at the local institute of higher learning and science researce ~ which conveniently is just down the street from the Chateau ~ I am now in need of a new bike to ride in to work.  Next week I am getting my new beauty.  Linus Dutchi 8 speed.  Will get a basket on front for veggies, and lunch bag - and saddle bags for the back for files and groceries. 
Although I do lament the time my new job takes me away from my yardfarm. And, every single morning I just want to stay out there and water and dig.  I now will be able to afford to put in some irrigation, build pathways, buy more plants, and build the small patio for our outside dining, etc.
It will be a crepuscular garden and a yardfarm for the weekend warrior in me&#8230;.

So after taking a job at the local institute of higher learning and science researce ~ which conveniently is just down the street from the Chateau ~ I am now in need of a new bike to ride in to work.  Next week I am getting my new beauty.  Linus Dutchi 8 speed.  Will get a basket on front for veggies, and lunch bag - and saddle bags for the back for files and groceries. 

Although I do lament the time my new job takes me away from my yardfarm. And, every single morning I just want to stay out there and water and dig.  I now will be able to afford to put in some irrigation, build pathways, buy more plants, and build the small patio for our outside dining, etc.

It will be a crepuscular garden and a yardfarm for the weekend warrior in me….

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This week is the beginning week for harvesting Aunt Ginny&#8217;s Purple tomato.  It is an heirloom variety that grew really well this year in the back kitchen garden.  Even with not having the ideal light conditions because more volunteer trees need to be cut from that area&#8230;. it performed magnificently.  Big and heavy, meaty, warm and juicy.  Eat it fresh and don&#8217;t you dare store it in the fridge!!!!    Dear Aunt Ginny, I love you. Signed, your ever devoted yardfarmer. 
Huh. No wonder I like it so much.  Hello, made of awesome! Just found this article on it&#8217;s origin:
"A productive heirloom beefsteak tomato of German origin that was brought into circulation by Rick Burkhart if Indiana whose family has raised it for 25 years."
note to self: growing these again next year.

This week is the beginning week for harvesting Aunt Ginny’s Purple tomato.  It is an heirloom variety that grew really well this year in the back kitchen garden.  Even with not having the ideal light conditions because more volunteer trees need to be cut from that area…. it performed magnificently.  Big and heavy, meaty, warm and juicy.  Eat it fresh and don’t you dare store it in the fridge!!!!    Dear Aunt Ginny, I love you. Signed, your ever devoted yardfarmer. 

Huh. No wonder I like it so much.  Hello, made of awesome! Just found this article on it’s origin:

"A productive heirloom beefsteak tomato of German origin that was brought into circulation by Rick Burkhart if Indiana whose family has raised it for 25 years."

note to self: growing these again next year.

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