"In the central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunflowers & Butterflies

This year's sunflowers were a great success and helped bring in the occasional cloud of butterflies.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Basket of Plenty

From our first tomato and pepper harvest, with a few cucumbers thrown in as well:


And radish pods, the treat left over when you let radishes go to seed:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

State Fair Straw Poll for 2018 House and Governor Primaries

If [straw] could vote, Marty Jackley would be the Republican nominee for governor and Dusty Johnson would be the GOP nominee for the U.S. House.

The state Republican Party held a "staw poll" during the run of the State Fair at their booth.
Marty Jackley won with 58%, Dusty Johnson with 54%. Click here for the full results.

The primary election will be June 5, 2018.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Garden Updates: Vegetables, Butterflies, and Morning Glories

After the grasshopper-ravaged onion harvest, the other quarters are still thriving:


Elsewhere, the sunflower patch has been hosting swarms of monarch butterflies:



 And our "heirloom" morning glories (from seeds originally planted in Virginia in 2009) provide some color around the compost bin:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grapes and Cats

Our first grapes--Somerset seedless, one of few varieties that grow in Zone 4:


Farm cats seeking shelter in a bucket of straw: