Lost Valley Gardens

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Finally Settled In!

It is hard to believe that it has literally been years since I have updated my blog. There are many reasons for this, and so much has happened since my last update, that I can’t begin to cover it all. The (very) short story is that we have relocated to a lovely two acre homestead […]

Say Hello to the Brandon Family

Please join me in welcoming the new owners of the farm at Sycamore Creek,

Organic Homestead – SOLD

It is with both excitement and some sadness that I share with you the news that our farmstead is now officially for sale. We are sad to be leaving our home, friends and family, but we are excited to begin our ‘retirement’ adventure in Vermont (stay tuned for future installments). UPDATE: We have just changed […]

A Fork in Our Path

This past fall we reached a fork in our path. There were many things that led us to the ‘fork’. The loss of two of our farm dogs in the spring and summer. The realization that we would probably need to change our farm business model in order to increase our profit margin. The fact […]

Songs In My Head

It must be the nature of the work that I do, solitary and not especially mentally challenging, that contributes to my brain deciding to entertain itself by playing songs in my head. They tend to be somewhat annoying songs like the theme song to “Green Acres”, or “On a Wonderful Day Like Today”. I try […]

Anticipation

Hands down fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool, crisp mornings and the sparkling azure sky. It is also the time of year that we finally get relief from the long, hot, dry summer and can actually begin to grow things again. Suffice it to say that I am eagerly […]

Out With the Old, In With the New

We are right in the middle of the dog days of summer which the hot and dry conditions of late reflect. This is a tricky time for Central Texas vegetable farmers because early fall crops such as tomatoes and winter squash must be planted now in order to produce before first frost, but the 100+ […]

Hot Summer Days

Both the calendar and thermometer agree, it is officially summer here in Central Texas.

Summer Is Just Around the Corner

It has been a busy and eventful week here at the farm. We participated in the inaugural Dripping Springs Community Farmer’s Market, two new members joined the farm, our walk-in veggie cooler is almost ready for use and our summer crops are really starting to produce now.

What a Difference a Year Makes

We have recently completed our first year of organic market farming. Looking back over the year I must say that it has been full of ups and downs, but I have never regretted our decision to devote ourselves to farming full time.

Spring Is In Full Swing

We are already well into spring now here at the farm. We are harvesting onions and starting to harvest the first of the yellow finn potatoes. We have loads of not quite ripe tomatoes on the plants in the greenhouse and on the plants outdoors and expect to have ripe tomatoes in a couple of […]

Farming and Marketing

Our winter crops are thriving and many early spring crops have been started. It feels a lot like spring already which is a bit worrisome. Spring seems to arrive a little bit earlier each year, but to have it start in January just seems a bit extreme. The crops, however, are loving the cool nights […]

New Year Plans and Projects

With all the warm weather we have been having it doesn’t really seem like winter. Hard freezes have been sparse so far this winter and with the regular rainfall we have had all fall cool-weather plants and crops are thriving. It also looks like wildflowers will make a welcome return this spring after having almost none last spring.

The Garden is Giving

We had our first hard freeze last week, about two weeks earlier than average, and despite having covered all of our crops we lost most of the warm weather crops. This was somewhat frustrating because the summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans were all just starting to bear fruit. Luckily, I harvested all of […]

Night and Day

Up until today, October hasn’t felt much like fall, but that changed yesterday evening when our first strong cold front blew in. Later in the week we may be needing to cover our warm weather crops to keep them from freezing.

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