Tag Archives: rye

Mowing Rye

30 May

My nephew came today to mow the rye where we will plant pumpkins.  The rye will be left there, and the pumpkins will be planted in those narrow empty rows.

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“He just takes the tractor another round”

When you let the rye get this tall, it tends to get tangled in the discbine, but we wanted to make sure it was fully headed out, so it doesn’t grow back.

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“It’s another day in the dusty haze.”

I love this scene.  It means progress towards the pumpkin patch this fall!

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“underneath this Eden Hills sky”

While I was out there, I also noticed how tall the grass is in the buffer strip.

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“Please don’t let my dreams run dry.”

There’s a lot of clover mixed in.

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He says, “I never complain. I never ask: “Why?”

And the alfalfa is starting to bloom.

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“Let my crops and children grow”

It kind of looks like we should be making hay.  There’s always more to do on a farm than there are hours and days to get it done.

Today’s post is brought to you my my hard-working farming nephew, Song-ography, and Jason Aldean’s Amarillo Sky.  I’m also sharing with Mosaic Monday and Ruby Tuesday.

I do hope you’ll consider coming back to join me for Friday’s Hunt this week.  The items for this week’s hunt are listed at the top of my sidebar.

Rainy Nights

26 May

We’ve been stuck in a rainy pattern lately.  It comes at night and we are hot and humid during the day.  Then more storms.

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Tonight and tomorrow look to be the big soakers for me.  Luckily, I’ve avoided anything severe.

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The only bad thing is that the rain comes overnight, so I haven’t been able to catch Sam in the building and trim his hooves.  That was my plan.

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It has really made that grass grow!  Soon it will be time to make hay.

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It’s starting to get hard to find the kids out in pasture.

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The rye is also getting big.

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The rows beside the rye are corn.  It’s coming up nicely.  You can tell we no-till farm because all that dead vegetation in between the rows are leftovers from last year’s harvest.  Leaving the plants in the ground and not tilling it helps to hold the soil in place.

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Soon we’ll cut the rye and plant our pumpkins there.  I can’t believe we’re already planning for year two of the pumpkin patch.

I do hope you’ll come back Friday evening to join me in Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are posted at the top of my sidebar.

I’m sharing with Skywatch Friday, Willy Nilly  Friday, and Random 5 Friday.

Gray Skies and Silver Linings

31 Mar

Yesterday was a horribly gray, dreary (but warm) day.  Do you see those rows of green in the field?  That’s rye.  We planted it as a cover crop to help with weed control in what will soon become this year’s pumpkin patch.

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The goats were enjoying the pasture.  The rains didn’t come until evening.  Then there were some downpours.  Luckily, it didn’t leave us too much rain.

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The good thing is that it was wet enough that today was not a day for tiling.  That means, that the water was hooked up in my soap room.  I’m busy moving in, and I hope to make my first batch of soap out there this weekend.

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This evening, we have a mix of dark clouds, puffy clouds, and brilliant sunshine.  Of course, they are calling for a mix of rain and snow by morning.  Surely that’s just Mother Nature’s April Fools joke.

I do hope you’ll come back tomorrow to join me in Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are listed at the top of my sidebar.

Sharing with Skywatch Friday. I also forgot that Nancy is reviving her Random 5 Friday.  Hopefully, this is random enough.  I’ll do better at remembering next week.  I hope…