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Odds and Ends

18 May

My corn was planted this weekend.  After a cold, wet start to the spring planting season, farmers have been planting as quickly as they can to get everything planted. Now we just have to hope for a good growing season.

My garden was tilled this weekend as well.  I’m afraid to plant because it’s supposed to be pretty cool this coming weekend.  I’ll probably wait until next week to plant.

It’s smaller this year because I just can’t keep up with everything.  Also, we are leaving for two weeks for vacation this summer, so I need to have a bit less to deal with.

Salem–just because he’s cute.

Um. At some point, I need to decide what to do with the blog while we are gone–just post a couple of farm pictures each day or maybe give a few vacation updates.

The chickens and goose are sharing a nest in their new accommodations.

I’m still working on getting my yards into shape.  I did manage to get a lot more tamed down this past weekend. Caroline was helping me with cleaning up some scrub mulberry.

I even managed to get everything under the windmill cleaned up.

I have been cutting a lot of asparagus for the last week.  It just came up like crazy when we turned warm.  I’ve already cut more than I got all of last year.

I did my first planting of the year.  I put in some rhubarb.

Hopefully, my dog will not destroy it.

Weather

4 May

Well, the drought monitor report I’ve been waiting for finally came out.  We are no longer in drought or even abnormally dry!

Now, if we could just get the wind to die down and have more seasonal temperatures.

We’ve been really cool for this time of year, and it’s starting to be a big issue.

The planting season should be well under way, but we are way behind. You can’t really start planting until the soil temperature reaches 50°F, and we just haven’t been able to get there.

It’s made it impossible to work on a lot of those projects that I really need to be working on. My birds are settling in the new quarters, but I haven’t even started the work on their pen.

the goose

wild leghorn likes digging through all the bedding/hay left from the goats

Mr. Peacock is still staying mostly inside, but he’s doing well.

I still haven’t mowed my yard.

I guess the lack of leaves at least makes it easier to photograph the cardinal

At least it’s warmed up enough that the grass is growing to keep the goats and llamas happy, even if my yard is looking way too shaggy.

Cody

Maybeline

Rosie

Sappho

Popcorn

And I don’t have to have kids in the garage now.

Caroline is due within the next week.

Tansy is due Saturday.

I trust it will all work out somehow.

Fall Field Work

21 Nov

Usually, after we harvest the crops, we’re done in the fields.  They just lay fallow for the winter.

Next spring we’ll plant corn in my field.  You have to apply anhydrous to help provide nitrogen for the corn.  The prices of everything in farming is expensive, but the prices of anhydrous predicted for next spring is absolutely exorbitant.

That means, my nephew has been applying it this fall before the prices go up.

It’s probably not as effective; some will be lost over the winter, but there’s no way to even break even with the predicted prices.

In good news, we’ve had a fairly wet November, and we are officially back at just being abnormally dry.

Hopefully we’ll get another good rain or two before the ground freezes.