I have harvested a little bit of okra so far, probably enough to cook up a "mess." Yesterday we went through and tried to get up the rest of the onions which were all red onions. They didn't do near as well as the vidalias, but i didn't really give either of them the attention they deserved. I think I might try to can the small ones, possibly pickle them. I picked another mess of jalapenos; these will either get pickled or just canned.
The Japanese beetles are devouring my tomatoes. I have decided to do like Christy at Whistling Wind and pick them green and let them ripen in the window; they aren't as good, but at least I will get to eat them instead of the bugs... We've been hand picking the bugs off the plants but we're fighting a losing battle; it really makes me wish I had guineas already. Maybe I should go ahead and order some. Anyone know if you still have to use a brooder if it is warm outside? I don't really know that much about poultry; I guess I better crack open my Storey's Guide to Poultry.
I opened a "store" on the site, you may have noticed the handful of adds on the sidebar. I had the associates account already set up for another site and decided to make a section with books and reference material that I own or suggest. I also added some music stuff and DVDs. For anyone who doesn't know how the amazon associate program works it is basically like this: if you click through to buy the stuff through my page it costs the same as if you just went straight to amazon and bought it. Everything is pretty much the same, but they give me between 4-15% commission based on the number of referrals I generate. So basically if you buy a $10 book through my amazon store, I only get about $.50, but it doesn't cost you anything extra and it comes straight from them. You are basically just looking through a selection of my suggestions... No biggie, just a heads up.
We're working on the goat milking stand this weekend; it should be finished tomorrow. I am using the basic measurements from the blueprints linked above, but using scrap lumber rather than steel, etc. You really should check out this collection of plans if you are getting ready to build any farm structure at all; you might find what you need... Once we finish this the gang will get a much needed hoof trimming and amateur FAMACHA inspection, yippie!
I used my first batch of compost tumbler compost this week as a side-dressing for my beans. I have a full barrel started on the tumbler again; this one is full of grass clippings, straw, and goat manure and bedding. It should be a good batch I hope. I am using the two barrel method I suggested: one to tumble and one to collect the next batch in.