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Blossoms Update 06.06.19

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We started planting in the high tunnel this week. Woohoo! Sunflowers, zinnias, and celosia all like the heat so they were the first to be seeded. We shall see how they do over the next several weeks.

Celosia is another one of my favorite flowers. It is part of the amaranth family. The flame-like flower heads, vibrant leaf color, and unique shape just make me smile and plant more. LOL!

This year I focused on the Chief and Kurume varieties. It will be a while longer before th...

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Herd Highlights ~ Elsa

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Elsa was born in December 2016 on the coldest day of the year. It was around 20 degrees, wet, windy and miserable. We watched anxiously from the house (with binoculars) since her mom was nervous. As soon as she was on the floor in the barn we bundled up and hurried to her side. Quickly setting up a heat lamp and dry hay to keep her warm we watched as she began to nurse.

Sweet Elsa was not to be won over easily. It took us a year or more to earn her trust. Now she loves to be pette...

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Herd Highlights ~ Sheba

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

(Queen) Sheba

She may indeed be queen of the herd one day, but until then she is our licky Sheba. She licks our arms, our pant legs, our faces. Her rough tongue hurts after a few licks!

Sheba was born to Snickers at our farm in Jarrell. She loved to climb in the hay ring and lay in the middle of the hay bale. Apparently she felt it was her throne. When we weaned her she kept finding ingenious ways to get back to her mom. (At the time I swore she had some goat in her- LOL!)

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Farm Escapades 05.28.19

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

We worked cattle this week. It was their turn for wellness checks, fly control, and weaning. No matter how tame when separating calves and running cows thru the chute we are on our toes. It only takes a second and a flying hoof or running cow to change your day/life drastically. We are moving quickly and constantly keeping our guard up. Self preservation.

We started off great. The cows and calves eagerly entered the corral for a treat. (All Nat...

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Blossoms Update 05.28.19

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Blossoms Update

I’m thrilled to report the Greenhouse is finished. The replacement parts arrived a couple of weeks ago. To say I was obsessed with finishing this project is accurate. The seedlings that germinated in the old farmhouse have been struggling. Lanky and reaching for the sun – weak to say the least. Starting them where they will have better light is huge! I have a whole stack of seed packets ready. ��

Plus, our dear neighbor came and till...

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Blossoms Update 05.20.19

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Growing snapdragons has been a struggle. I’ve envisioned tall, flowering spikes for months. At our farm in Jarrell I tried growing from seed. Germination was terrible. So, when we decided to grow flowers at our Walburg farm I ordered plugs (already germinated seedlings) from Harris Seed. This year I tried the Rocket and Chantilly varieties.

Weather and other factors delayed planting till March. The snaps are now sending up spikes (Yay!) but are under attack from thrips. Con...

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Farm Escapades 05.20.19

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This past week was full throttle on tractor, fencing, and livestock maintenance. The weather was gorgeous and cooperative. Craig spent lots of hours on the Ford Tractor discing and shredding. Shredding the tall growth to uncover grass which enables it to grow better. He also disced several acres preparing to plant pearl millet, peas, and clover. They are excellent sources of protein and fiber for cattle, sheep and goats.

We finished clipping sheep, trimming hooves and checking overa...

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Herd Highlights ~ Romeo

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Romeo, Romeo – where for art thou? Oh- oops right here wanting to be loved. Typical Romeo. He begs for loving. While the rest of the herd runs into the pasture he saunters up to us and waits. We kneel and stroke his neck, scratch behind his horns, rub his belly and so on. Once he gets his fill he runs to join the nannies and kids.

He is brother to Precious and Nutmeg. We had him wethered when he was little so he could stay with us. After all – Everyone needs a Romeo....

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Blossoms Update 05.07.19

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s raining AGAIN. When you are trying to get seeds and seedlings in the ground it is helpful if the soil is not water logged. Needless to say not much was accomplished in the flower patch this week except pulling weeds. Aster seeds were started indoors along with Cantebury bells, basil, ageratum and statice.

I am happy to report that direct seeded zinnias, sunflowers, celosia and more marigolds have germinated and are growing well. Marigolds are one of my favorite flowers. ...

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Farm Escapades 05.07.19

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s always a surprise. We make an educated guess of who’s going to lamb first and we are seldom right. 2019 Spring Lambing. We were wrong again. Sweet Pea will be first we said – she was second. Cleo lambed first. A beautiful health little ewe (girl) – we named her Marlie.

Sweet Pea shocked us a few days later with TRIPLETS! All are healthy and a good size- no wonder she was waddling! Unfortunately, she is not able to nurse them due to scarring from a pr...

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