Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Walkabout 6-8

Here are a few photos from this week here on the hill...

We got a lot of stuff planted (finally).  We still have some work to do to get caught up...maybe we (I) should just give up the hope of ever being "on schedule".  It sure would make things easier!

tomatoes are planted, trellised, irrigated and mulched
winter squash plants are all mulched, too
We also planted peppers, basil, onions, okra, corn, lettuce, spinach, and seeded LOTS and lots of flats for fall planting. 

Check out all the tiny fruits and vegetables!

tiny cucumber

tiny broccoli - harvested the first bunch this week
it's on the menu for supper, too

tiny concord grapes

newly planted pepper plants...have peppers!

tiny tomatoes


no GPS needed for this corn planting!
Just growing enough for ourselves
and hopefully NOT the crows!
After getting nipped back TWICE by frost
the potatoes are just about to bloom!

okra seeds
don't they look like they have fingerprints?

We had 2 1/2 inches of rain this week.  The gardens seemed to love it...everything is growing well.
The ewes look nice and clean and incredibly white!

However, the same cannot be said for the dogs.
Aren't they pathetic?
A quick check on some of the other farm residents...
Broiler batch #3 is doing well

Broiler batch #4 is also growing nicely
See Squeekie in the background?  She constantly patrols
the brooder yard for rats and mice

While it is apparently Sissie's job just to eat the wild catnip!

The upcoming week should include hauling lambs, LOTS of weeding, some planting, more harvesting, cleaning out the hoophouses (again!)  and a trip to the dump. We might even work in shearing the ram AND the dog. Don't we have all the fun?

Thanks for stopping by!
I almost forgot...
the FIRST bean blossom!

Happy Sunday!



  1. I so enjoyed reading this Barbara and so did my husband, the farmer. your style of farming just could not be more different from ours - a lot more labour intensive for a start. Our land is all grass and has cattle and sheep on it. We haven't started sheaing yet - another fortnight to go. Then we shall silage the fields for winter feed. The main jobs the farmer has at present are repairing fences, rebuilding stone walls (we have plenty of those as it is the main method of separating the fields in this area) and getting machinery ready to start silaging. I am so glad we met - I look forward to your next blog already.

  2. Thanks so much for visiting!
    When I read your blog this morning, I was admiring your neat and weed-free vegetable garden, wishing that ours looked that nice and manicured. So pretty and productive.
    It looks as if you're having a lovely Spring time. I think Summer has arrived here in full force. Looks like I should put "working around the thunderstorms" into my list of jobs to do.
    I'm so glad we met, too. The differences in farms is just fascinating.I'm sure my husband would love to have fields to make silage/hay. Our place is very steep and rocky without a level spot anywhere. That fact alone limits us in many ways. But,we've been making this work for well over 15 years. It's a wonderful place to live and work.
    Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I look forward to hearing from you again.

  3. Thanks for the reply Barbara - I have just popped back to see you and see how things are getting on - glad you enjoyed reading me.