May 15, 2013 Farm News

 

Just a nice view.

Just a nice view.

 

seeding peas with lots of help. Thanks Anca.

seeding peas with lots of help. Thanks Anca.

 

The disc harrows were pulled by the horses for a once over of the potato area. It will be finished by using the Cockshutt  No. 1 transplanter to mark out the rows and provide a nice groove to drop the seed potatoes in to.

The disc harrows were pulled by the horses for a once over of the potato area. It will be finished by using the Cockshutt No. 1 transplanter to mark out the rows and provide a nice groove to drop the seed potatoes in to.

 

The white bags are full of really nice compost. Some 22 were brought up with the spreader to the left. They will be spread out on selected areas of the garden.

The white bags are full of really nice compost. Some 22 were brought up with the spreader to the left. They will be spread out on selected areas of the garden.

 

Another week gone and more seeds in the ground.  Lots of rain too which is really nice since warm weather came with it.  Things are growing nice now.  The pastures are looking good and we should be able to put the cows and sheep out in a week or two.  Trees are leafing out quite nicely now and though some apple trees around the county are in flower, oddly, most of our trees have not yet flowered.  Probably they are a little more exposed than some of those trees that are blooming.  Quite a good rainfall late Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Aerron is getting ready to plant chives and green onions.  The area to be seeded had some good compost worked in hence the darker colour. The three beds to Aerron's left are empty in this photo but the first two have since been seeded 1/2 way along with lettuce mixes and with spinach.

Aerron is getting ready to plant chives and green onions. The area to be seeded had some good compost worked in hence the darker colour. The three beds to Aerron’s left are empty in this photo but the first two have since been seeded 1/2 way along with lettuce mixes and with spinach.

 

Aerron getting a visit from the seeding inspector.

Aerron getting a visit from the seeding inspector.

 

Now he gets a guard dog too.

Now he gets a guard dog too.

 

We're ready, let's go.

We’re ready, let’s go.

 

 

A kid, his dog, his Dad ... and his seeder.

A kid, his dog, his Dad … and his seeder.

The seeding in the garden is going quite well but there is still a lot to do.  We have enough of our own potatoes except for the Yukon Golds, the really popular yellow fleshed, yellow skinned potato.  We got two 75 pound bags from William Dam Seeds to add to the 20 pounds that we had saved.  I mistakenly gave out too many last season.

 

Way down towards the end of a 300 foot long row, the horses on the single row cultivator.

Way down towards the end of a 300 foot long row, the horses on the single row cultivator.

 

Each seed bed gets two passes with the cultivator.

Each seed bed gets two passes with the cultivator.

 

The horses worked well. Hopefully the teeth filing will help out their eating abilities.  We will give the gelding , the older horse, wet alfalfa pellets in addition to his oats and his senior horse ration and maybe we can get a lot more weight back on him. Fresh new pasture will help too.

The horses worked well. Hopefully the teeth filing will help out their eating abilities. We will give the gelding , the older horse, wet alfalfa pellets in addition to his oats and his senior horse ration and maybe we can get a lot more weight back on him. Fresh new pasture will help too.

We have used the horses to prepare the seed beds using the single row cultivator and in certain areas have used the horses on the large tractor disc.  We are still using the older team for the garden work but they only work for short periods and for lighter loads.  The discs were set at a lower angle so they did not bite into the soil quite so much and were therefore somewhat easier for the horses to draw.  We had the horses teeth ‘floated’. on Wednesday, outside, in the pouring rain. ‘Floating’ means to file the horses teeth to remove any points that make it painful to chew.  The mare was in better condition and her teeth were o.k.  The gelding, Wimpy, who is definitely not, has several of his grinders missing so the teeth filing may not really do much for him.   He has been and still is such a good draft horse.

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