Saturday at the Farm

Saturday was a productive day. We accomplished several projects at the farm.

Blueberry Patch

We made great progress in the blueberry patch – a project that we had been working on for a few days. Our soil at the farm is mostly clay and despite working straw and other composted materials into it each year we have yet to turn it into an ideal garden loam. This year we decided to add some sand to the soil. A couple of weeks ago my husband had a truckload of masonry sand delivered.

We decided to use some of the sand in the blueberry patch for weed control. Two years ago we put black plastic down between the rows and bushes and while it was largely effective in keeping weeds down it tended to slide out of place or was easily moved by a hunting dog, (Ranger) who had picked up the scent of a mouse hiding under the plastic. (He is relentless.) Water also tended to pool on the plastic creating puddles that took a long time to dry up. After putting the plastic back in place we covered it with several inches of sand.

The blueberry patch project is not completely finished as we still need to put up the plastic fencing around it and the netting on top to protect our crop from hungry robins. We hopefully will get that done this week.

Planting

We put our first plants in the garden on Saturday.

My husband had identified an area that was dry enough to till the soil and that is where we decided to plant potatoes and cabbage – both cool weather crops.

He broke out the rototiller he bought a couple months ago. It is a Champion 19-inch, rear tine, tiller. After tilling up the patch where we would plant the potatoes and cabbage he reported that he is very pleased with the way this machine preforms. We spread a layer of sand on the patch. He then mixed it in as he tilled the area.

We planted six 17-foot rows of of potatoes.

and 12 cabbage plants.

I saved some of the cabbage plants to plant in the raised beds we are making. Since the ground is still very wet, and still having much rain in the forecast, I’m not sure how well things will do that are planted in the ground. You may remember last year we had many vegetables that were lost because the ground was just too wet. This year we will be making some raised beds and I hope to plant at least a portion of some crops in the raised beds that will be better able to drain excess water.

When the Hen’s Away

The chicks will play. The chicks still sleep in the nest boxes at night, while the older chickens sleep on the roosts. During the day while the older hens are out of the coop or using the nest boxes for laying their eggs, the chicks like to spend some time playing on the roosts. Perhaps they are practicing for when they too are old enough to sleep on the roosts at night.

Breathtaking

From a distance to forsythias create a stunning array.

But standing in the midst of their intense brilliance is mesmerizing.

I forget to breathe.

If only my photos could capture that feeling.

Thanks for visiting.

15 thoughts on “Saturday at the Farm

  1. The chicks got so big – growing in leaps and bounds. I just took some pictures of forsythia to use in an upcoming post about Spring … I hope Friday’s rain didn’t make any issues. We were supposed to have rain Saturday morning but didn’t – turned out to be a beautiful weekend. Happy Mother’s Day Ruth.

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  2. Isn’t it wonderful to be outside again. I hope spring is kind to the farm this year after the extremes of last year. Your forsythia are stunning. Cameras never capture all of the magnificent glory the eye can see. But anyone who has seen forsythia bloom in spring , will have those wonderful memories returned by seeing your pictures πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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    1. Thanks Anne. My husband was raking leaves out of the beach area earlier today – he came home and told me I needed new rubber boots so I can do some pond raking. (Mine have holes in them.)

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      1. That would be wonderful! Then we would sit on the beach and have lemonade or iced tea and watch all God’s creatures enjoy the pond (bees, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, frogs, minnows, tadpoles, and occasional turtle). ❀

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      1. Hey Ruth, we have heard the same for the coming weeks, l guess we shall have to wait and see πŸ™‚

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