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It’s Always the Weather

May 3, 2013

“The rich man gets his ice in summer; the poor man gets his in winter.”  Almanzo Wilder

I might add the rich get irrigation in the summer, and the poor hope for rain.  I’ve really been enjoying our July-like garden conditions, but nervously watching the grass.  That’s the way it goes, if it’s a rainy spring we lament the lack of gardening as we wait for the soil to dry enough to work, but the grass grows mightily when it rains in the spring.  So it’s a gain on one end and a loss on the other.  Grass or garden, it’s hard to pick.


Between the last two months being dry and May heading in the same direction, we’ve also had enough frost to blacken the hardy kiwi and some Himalayan blackberry shoots this past week.   I could give a whit about the blackberries, but the  kiwi had me a little bummed.  Those frosty mornings also had us staring at charcoal colored clover 😦

To that end, I am holding back the cows a bit, and feeding hay in each paddock.

They’re not too keen on it at paddock shift, preferring new grass, but I notice it is cleaned up the next day.


Mother and daughter.  Horny and Spot, such unique names… .



Yellow dung fly – Scathophaga stercoraria

Such is the nature of farming.  Watching and waiting and hoping for the best.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2013 4:16 pm

    We’re waiting on rain on the other side of the country, as well. Also, still frosting (normal), but really warm days. Our cow is still awaiting grass.

  2. 12Paws permalink
    May 3, 2013 4:27 pm

    Nice cow shots!! And the last one–such a classic!

  3. Ben permalink
    May 3, 2013 6:45 pm

    I know! I haven’t been whining much, because most folks look at me like I’m crazy, but we really need some rain. I’ve been doing the irrigation dance daily already. Usually I’m lamenting that we need a break in the rain to til…

  4. May 3, 2013 8:28 pm

    No rain here either, in Latvia, but that is fine because our ground is still drying out from the snow melt. I do envy you the long grass, ours is only just recovering from the winter and greening up.

  5. Mich permalink
    May 4, 2013 12:25 am

    After having had so much rain over autumn/winter…farmers now want some for the spring drilled crops as it has got quite dry. Still getting quite cold here at night, have my horti fleece ready to throw over my tenders on frosty ones.
    Your cattle look well 🙂

  6. May 4, 2013 1:20 am

    We lament the dry weather but work with what we get. Spring is a joy with all the new growth. I love your pictures, even a cow flop!

  7. May 4, 2013 10:42 am

    Well, we have had plenty of rain, we diggity dang snow in May!!! Where I live it has been 69 years since it last snowed in May. I am worried that my garden plants, especially the peppers and tomatoes are toast. They are not looking that great.

  8. Josie permalink
    May 4, 2013 11:47 am

    I so agree… We live on the Alsea River on the central coast of Oregon.., and our grass is struggling this year! Worried about the hay crop, but love getting the garden in in a timely fashion. But I bet the cows and horses would like a greener spring!

    • Mom24boys permalink
      May 7, 2013 8:44 pm

      Hi Josie,
      We plan on camping at Alsea Falls in August… that is, if it isn’t too dry for camp fires.
      Are you near Alsea Falls?

  9. May 5, 2013 6:32 am

    Nervously watching the grass here in NE Texas as well. Our permanent Hereford herd was increased slightly this year as we try to rebuild from the last two years of drought. We’re doing it slowly but nervously watching the grass. Our supplemental mixed-bred stocker plan is where we’ve gained flexibility, but we’re already starting to reduce the numbers there in response to our lack of rain so far this year. Praying for rain!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  10. May 6, 2013 8:32 am

    Glad to see that manure consistency even though you are feeding hay. Grass is pretty washy here. Using LOTS of salt here. Ran out of kelp!

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