April 2010


So spring has brought with the  pine pollen which we living in the South dread. It makes everything from cars, to sidewalks to outdoor furniture yellow. The occasional rain relieves us of the blight for only a brief time. When the rain stops the yellow is back. . . If you wonder where the yellow went, it’s here in the Carolinas!

Anyway, as the weather has become tolerable, we have prepared a much larger garden bed than last year.  We have put in a small irrigation system which uses both a drip tape and sprinklers to provide water to the seeds and plants.  I bought it two years ago and was sort of intimidated about using it.  But I thought this time what the heck?  It will probably be more consistently watered.  And if we get rain I can always turn it off.  

This took lots of tilling!    Here is our new garden plot with compost added. 

Last years garden was mainly lettuce carrots and tomatoes.   The tomatoes grew best providing lots of great tasting cooking tomatoes.  They made a super sauce.  I’ve kept seeds and have some growing already in pots and in the ground. 

This year we have two zucchini, three yellow squash, three cucumbers, two watermelons, two cantaloupes.    These are somewhat experimental since I’ve never grown those before.  That is why I’ve selected only a few of each.  There are also a bunch of lettuce: red leaf and radicchio .  I’m also going to plant some seeds so we have more available as this stuff matures.   I’ve also planted onions, carrots and radishes.  Today we built a large trellis for pole beans.  I haven’t  planted them yet, but will later this week. 

 Oh yes I have discovered that luffa are a type of gourd that grows like any other squash.   I understand that they are edible, but I’d like to let them dry and used the insides for bath scrubbers.  I’ve also been told that one can cut them down the middle nad make dish cloths out of them.  It will be very interesting to see!

I hope to have more photos of the planted garden and the trellis next time.  Thanks for reading!

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  I’m sorry about leaving the blog go without updates! There are lots of spring things we have been doing. Even a place as small as ten acres needs work to become a better more effective farm.   To begin with we have put Angelina and Joe Lee into the next pasture.     Joe Lee is almost two months old now.  So, Angelina and Joe Lee  have joined the rest of the ladies in the bigger pasture.   And it was a bit of an adventure for both of them as you can see below.                  

Uh, oh the gate is opened. . .

        

 

 
  

  

      Little boys are fun to watch.  It doesn’t matter if they are human, canine or bovine . . .  I don’t know if it’s is a testosterone thing or what. . . but they like to think of themselves as large and in charge.   And age doesn’t mean a thing!  We caught him the day standing in the only muddy part of the pasture.  Just like a little a boy. . .            

Is this freedom, Momma?

I'm the King of the Woo-rld!

  

And as if motherhood isnt’ bad enough, the ladies put Angie on the spot when she came back to the “fold” too.  We women do have issues don’t we?  I don’t know that she’s the herd leader any more.  

Angelina has to fight for her "place" in the herd again!

 Anyway, they have both become a part of the larger group of heifers and the one cow.   We can’t wait until the other five have their babies.  Oh man won’t that be fun to watch?  I better get a video camera for that!