An Important Time In The Vegetable Garden

Posted by F&S

Hey everybody!  We're back and all set to continue the wonderful adventures of Francesca and Sharkey!  I know you all enjoyed seeing GK and we promise to let him blog again real soon.  But for now...

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I think you'll all agree that we've allowed Diplomat GK plenty of face time on The Daily Wag.  Now it's back to the fabulous world of us Frenchies!

1 I think you'll all agree that we've allowed Diplomat GK plenty of face time on The Daily Wag. Now it's back to the fabulous world of us Frenchies!

We're here in the vegetable garden for a very important event.

2 We're here in the vegetable garden for a very important event.

That's right, Sharkey!  Do you see that furrow?

3 That's right, Sharkey! Do you see that furrow?

Ryan made the furrow to plant the peas!

4 Ryan made the furrow to plant the peas!

When planting legume seeds, you first soak them in water overnight.  Then, it's a good idea to treat the seeds with a legume inoculant.

5 When planting legume seeds, you first soak them in water overnight. Then, it's a good idea to treat the seeds with a legume inoculant.

The inoculant contains natural, dry, peat-based cultures of beneficial bacteria for treating legume seeds prior to planting.

6 The inoculant contains natural, dry, peat-based cultures of beneficial bacteria for treating legume seeds prior to planting.

It encourages the formation of high-nitrogen nodules on plant roots for richer soil, bigger plants, and better yields.

7 It encourages the formation of high-nitrogen nodules on plant roots for richer soil, bigger plants, and better yields.

The inoculant is easy to use - just shake or stir it with the seeds right before sowing. Who doesn't want healthier peas?

8 The inoculant is easy to use - just shake or stir it with the seeds right before sowing. Who doesn't want healthier peas?

Ryan plants a different pea on each section of fence keeping the edible pea pods separate from the shelling peas.

9 Ryan plants a different pea on each section of fence keeping the edible pea pods separate from the shelling peas.

Sugar Sprint is one of the earliest maturing varieties, bearing numerous, 3-inch, ultra-sweet snap peas that are virtually stringless!

10 Sugar Sprint is one of the earliest maturing varieties, bearing numerous, 3-inch, ultra-sweet snap peas that are virtually stringless!

The peas are spaced a couple of inches apart and when they sprout, they'll climb up the fence for easy picking.

11 The peas are spaced a couple of inches apart and when they sprout, they'll climb up the fence for easy picking.

Another variety is called Corne De Belier Snow Pea.

12 Another variety is called Corne De Belier Snow Pea.

This is a delicious French snow pea that pre-dates 1860!  Its wonderful, gourmet-flavored, large, flat pods are perfect for steaming, sauteing, and nibbling on fresh from the patch.  Yum!!!

13 This is a delicious French snow pea that pre-dates 1860! Its wonderful, gourmet-flavored, large, flat pods are perfect for steaming, sauteing, and nibbling on fresh from the patch. Yum!!!

After planting all of the peas, Ryan rakes the soil back over to cover them up.

14 After planting all of the peas, Ryan rakes the soil back over to cover them up.

Now all we have to do is wait for about 55 days for the peas to mature, but that seems like such a long time.

15 Now all we have to do is wait for about 55 days for the peas to mature, but that seems like such a long time.

GK Makes Friends With the Chickens

Posted by Francesca

As you may recall, I've been making all kinds of new friends around the farm. I started out with the donkeys and then the horses.  It was so fun and rewarding! But my friendship tour around would not be complete without visiting the chicken coop! Here my tale...

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Recently I've made quite a few new friends around the farm, so I thought I'd pay the chickens a visit to see if they're game.

1 Recently I've made quite a few new friends around the farm, so I thought I'd pay the chickens a visit to see if they're game.

Hi chicken. I'm GK. I thought I'd stop by here to see if I could be friends with you birds.

2 Hi chicken. I'm GK. I thought I'd stop by here to see if I could be friends with you birds.

I know that when my little sisters, Francesca and Sharkey, come here, they try to terrorize you all.

3 I know that when my little sisters, Francesca and Sharkey, come here, they try to terrorize you all.

They do, indeed, GK!

4 They do, indeed, GK!

But I'm here on a mission of peace and friendship!

5 But I'm here on a mission of peace and friendship!

So far, I've made friends with the horses and the donkeys.

6 So far, I've made friends with the horses and the donkeys.

And I'm friends with all the workers around the farm.

7 And I'm friends with all the workers around the farm.

That makes you chickens the last group for me to make friends with.

8 That makes you chickens the last group for me to make friends with.

So what do you say birdies?  Will you be my friends?

9 So what do you say birdies? Will you be my friends?

You're a real gentle hound GK! It would be a pleasure to be your friend! We hope to see you more often.

10 You're a real gentle hound GK! It would be a pleasure to be your friend! We hope to see you more often.

I've done it! I'm friends with everyone on the farm now! This friendship tour was so fun!

11 I've done it! I'm friends with everyone on the farm now! This friendship tour was so fun!

Ghenghis Khan Hangs With The Donks Again!

Posted by F&S

Yes, I'm back again!  I can't seem to get enough of a good thing, so I decided to hang out with the donkeys once more.

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Hey donks!  You know that part of making friends is keeping up with the friendship.  I was wondering if I might pay you a visit today?

1 Hey donks! You know that part of making friends is keeping up with the friendship. I was wondering if I might pay you a visit today?

This is more like it.  You are so accommodating I feel right at home here in your paddock.

2 This is more like it. You are so accommodating I feel right at home here in your paddock.

Clive, I know you are a white donkey, so what's with all the brown?

3 Clive, I know you are a white donkey, so what's with all the brown?

The horses like to roll in the mud, too.  I guess it's an equine thing.

4 The horses like to roll in the mud, too. I guess it's an equine thing.

I read somewhere that donkeys love to take dust baths and will pick a spot in the pasture to dig out and ‘bathe’ themselves daily.

5 I read somewhere that donkeys love to take dust baths and will pick a spot in the pasture to dig out and ‘bathe’ themselves daily.

Donkeys use dirt as a dry shampoo that soaks up hair oils and probably helps suffocate or repel insects and as an overall rolling back scratch and body wash.

6 Donkeys use dirt as a dry shampoo that soaks up hair oils and probably helps suffocate or repel insects and as an overall rolling back scratch and body wash.

I also read that donkeys have a relaxing way about them, and all they really want in life is love and attention.

7 I also read that donkeys have a relaxing way about them, and all they really want in life is love and attention.

Hey Rufus, did you know that donkeys are very sociable creatures that need the company of at least one other donkey?

8 Hey Rufus, did you know that donkeys are very sociable creatures that need the company of at least one other donkey?

They buddy up in pairs, or even in groups of three and will go to the end of the earth to stay with their best friends.

9 They buddy up in pairs, or even in groups of three and will go to the end of the earth to stay with their best friends.

I'm glad you let me into your inner circle.  If donkeys could hug chow chows this is what it would look like.

10 I'm glad you let me into your inner circle. If donkeys could hug chow chows this is what it would look like.

Clive, Rufus, and Billie - I'll be back real soon.

11 Clive, Rufus, and Billie - I'll be back real soon.

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