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.
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.
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.