May 18, 2015 Farm News

The usual garden view.

The usual garden view.

The new two week calf, Rosie.

The new two week calf, Rosie.

A really nice hot summers day in late spring mid-May. Much planting has been finished but much more needs to be done.  More work than ever just now.  The horses have been working well, both teams.  We use the older team on some of the lighter work were more precision is needed.  The new team is, being much younger, capable of doing more and heavier work than the old team, but they are not nearly as well trained.  They are not so good at walking straight and are not experienced enough to get all the commands right and to figure out what we are asking of them.  They just need to do more things, more often in order to gain experience and we’ll get to know them and they will get to know us as well.

The Cockshutt No. 1 Transplanter whaich we use to make the plowed groove in the ground to plant the potatoes in.  This is pulled by the older team so that the rows will be reasonably straight.

The Cockshutt No. 1 Transplanter whaich we use to make the plowed groove in the ground to plant the potatoes in. This is pulled by the older team so that the rows will be reasonably straight.

Chickens are doing quite well and the lay rate from the ducks as well as the chickens is quite high.  We need to get them moving around again on their pasture rotations.  The ducks really do like to splash around in their little swimming pool.  The pool will be filled, it takes maybe 60 or 70 litre of water to fill it to the brim, and within a half hour or so the ducks will have splashed nearly three quarters of it out on to the ground.  They have great fun and the chickens tolerate their antics with dignity.

Our white lilac just full of blooms this year. It gets better each year.

Our white lilac just full of blooms this year. It gets better each year.

The large bloom lilac coloured lilac.

The large bloom lilac coloured lilac.

The horses, cows and the sheep are still not yet on the new pasture as ours has ben somewhat slow to get established.  We probably badly overgrazed it last fall so it is still slow to recover. Soon though.

The pile of hay mulch, a very valuable commodity for the garden.

The pile of hay mulch, a very valuable commodity for the garden.

Lots of nice flowers, sweet smelling  lilacs in various colours, dandelions, apple trees, mulberries, and much more.

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2 Responses to May 18, 2015 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Farm is looking good. I hope to get up there soon, hopefully with Jennie Rideout, to talk a bit more about the food celebration she is hoping to have on the farm mid-July

  2. We stopped by for eggs today – lucky for us, there was a dozen left!

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