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Farmer Al

Location:  Des Moines, IA

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Chinese cabbage, Corn, Garlic, Grapes, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Oregano, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Walnuts

Animals:  Chickens, Dogs, Ducks

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  • Posted by: Cindyg on September 14th, 2013 at 05:37 pm

    Congrats on farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on September 14th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day, Farmer Al. How did your garden do in 2013?

  • Posted by: Wong88 on September 14th, 2013 at 07:18 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Green Desert on December 16th, 2011 at 08:36 am

    Congratulations on being named Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on December 16th, 2011 at 05:26 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day.

    I hope you had a great year gardening.

    Have a great farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on December 16th, 2011 at 04:39 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the day! Happy holidays to you!

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  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 21st, 2011 at 06:32 am

    Farmer Al, Things around the urban ranch have been a little busy the last couple weeks. For a week I helped some friends with electrical wiring for some ceiling lights. We removed three fluorescent lights and replaced them with 15 can lights. We split a circuit off an existing circuit to a circuit of its own and wired in a new circuit as well. It did turn out really well.

    The weather here has all the signs of spring but our frost free date for this area is May 15th. I don't know about the tulips and daffodils being up already. I tried to convince them it wasn't time to be waking up but they just gave me the silent treatment. We had a warm week last week which melted all the snow and started the spring thaw. It was nearly 70 degrees one day and the time spent out on the front yard patio was a welcome change from the cold snowy winter weather. This week looks to be a little cooler but still not bad for February in Nebraska.

    My daughter decided to replace my grandson's bed with a nice flat box furniture bed. For two days I tackled the task of assembling three boxes of parts into a Captain's twin bed. I had to laugh at the instructions which had five steps for the assembly and that the bed was made in Vietnam. I don't think much is manufactured in the States any more.

    Hopefully, I can get back to working on the storage area this week. Spring is indeed coming and I need to get my winter project completed before the outside projects begin.

    I hope you are enjoying the pre spring time of garden and flower anticipation. Have a great day.

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