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2019 almond shaking and sweeping

It is crazy to think we have been in almond harvest for two weeks now. Even crazier to think I am just now getting time to sit down and blog about it. But here we are...

We started shaking almond trees on August 6th, so more than two weeks ago. This year we started shaking more than a week later than we did the past several years. The almonds just weren't ready as early as they usually are. We have had cooler weather this year. Even to this day, there have not been as many 100 plus degree days as we usually get. I am not complaining personally, I have enjoyed this summer much better. The cooler weather just delayed everything.

The almonds need so many hot days to help them ripen and dry out for harvest. With cooler temperatures it just takes a little longer. I would say though, we are more on target to when almond harvest used to be. We only started harvesting in the end of July when the trees were more stressed from lack of water and hot temperatures. When the trees have more wat…

John Deere Nursery

Being that my son is almost 6 months this post is well over due! When we bought our house almost 5 years ago there was wallpaper in just about every room. Since I'm not an 80 year old women, we took it all out and painted every room. When it came time to paint the 'office' my husband joked to pick a neutral color because this would some day be a baby nursery. We picked yellow  five years ago. But when we found out we were having a boy I told him I wanted a blue room. He wasn't joking, we'd had enough painting and the now nursery was going to stay yellow.
So what theme was I going to pick for my baby boy with a yellow room? Growing up on a farm and marrying a farmer made picking a nursery theme pretty easy to me. I knew it was going to be farm related somehow. Yellow room, farm related, what theme would I choose? John Deere of course!
Looking around on Pinterest and etsy started my JD theme craze. Whoever invented those websites was half genius half devi…

California Water Part 4: Conservation

Our fourth and final part in our California Water series is conservation. We all need to do our part to conserve water. It isn't just one sector of industry, one town, one region of California that needs to cut their water usage. It's the whole state because we are in this together! And it will take the whole state cutting back to make a difference. Agriculture can't do this alone, urban can't do this alone. We all need to cut back. But how?
First, lets look at how much water is used in an average house?
Brush your teeth? - 2 to 5 gallonsWash the car? - 50 gallonsUse the dishwasher? - 8 to 15 gallonsFlush the toilet? - 1.5 to 4 gallons (each flush)Take a shower or bath? - 17 to 24 gallonsRun the washing machine? - 35 to 50 gallons (each load)Watering the lawn? - 180 gallons
That's a lot of water. Think about how often you do these things, your spouse, your children? If you add this usage up, we use a lot of water in a single day. So, how are we being cut bac…