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A Brief Respite

July 18, 2014

All the baled hay is in the barn, and it’s time to move on to other things.  One more field to go after the rain passes this next week and then that task will be completely done.

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I’m woefully behind on my berry picking… .

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And I need to find places for all these fall starts.

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Have a great weekend!

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2014 4:24 pm

    Never a dull moment! 😉

  2. July 18, 2014 8:34 pm

    Well some sort of relief for you. I hope you took a rest before embarking on the catch up phase.

    I have managed to get the berry picking done, albeit some blackcurrants and maybe some strawberries that are still lurking. I will have to take a photo of what didn’t get done. My veg patches are a mess and our fields are rather weedy.

    • July 18, 2014 9:20 pm

      A little relief compared to hay. My one greenhouse is a mess too, I need to do some serious cleaning/weeding and replant, no excuses now 😉

      • July 19, 2014 9:02 pm

        I have the perfect excuse, if you want one. Weeds can protect plants from infestations of bugs and sometimes even grow better as they get protected from other diseases too. Medieval gardeners rarely pulled weeds, just let it all grow together. Is that excuse enough? 😀

        • July 20, 2014 6:09 am

          Wow, bam done – my daughter said the greenhouse looked like it had an extreme makeover. I thought it was 80F yesterday and it was almost 90F, you can imagine what it was like in a hoophouse, even with the sides rolled up and vents open, but it’s done now, and all I have to do is bed shaping. Alas, it’s cool and drizzly this am 😦 I should have waited.

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    July 19, 2014 6:07 am

    I. Am. So. Jealous.

    • July 19, 2014 6:19 am

      of?

      • Elizabeth permalink
        July 20, 2014 12:30 pm

        Just your normal farming type things …..The chickens got into the berry garden and ate all the green berries from EVERY SINGLE BUSH; we have been experiencing really warm, long lasting temps and made arrangements for the hay to be cut, when all of a sudden an unexpected rain cloud (just one rain cloud) came up out of no where and rained on our cut-but-not-baled-yet hay; a fox (?) dug into the chicken (under the buried fence) yard and took all of our young poults……. you know….normal farm stuff. It’s just our turn this year! 🙂

  4. Bev permalink
    July 19, 2014 7:07 am

    The satisfaction of having hay in the barn. My hubby loves your hay truck. In our area there are usually three cuttings of alfalfa. Not this year. Water is the worry. We also have a lot of acreage in sunflowers. Not sure what this crop is for. Oil, etc. Going to ask a rancher friend and find out. Know your next big thing to do. You have chickens lurking on the side lines. Don’t envy you that work (having done that), but having them in the freezer will be great. Also enjoyed your video of the finished hay bales. All those transplants, not much of a respite, I think.

    • July 19, 2014 8:53 am

      Bev, I wonder if the sunflowers are the Black Oil for seed or feed? We got the chickens done before hay, and before the really hot weather hit, thank heavens for that. But the next big thing is milking! Eek, a long dry spell for me and Jane, I hope the hay hauling is keeping my arms in shape 😉 I’ll give ol’ Red a big pat on the bed for you, he did good yesterday with only the girls at the helm to haul hay.

      The worst thing about the transplants is getting the spot ready, that’s next on the agenda today, and enjoying a cool morning to work with.

  5. July 19, 2014 7:27 am

    I”ve been reading you for years and never commented, as far as I can remember. What I have learned from you is the vast difference between farming and gardening. And a few hundred other things which may never benefit me but are neat to know.

  6. Chris permalink
    July 19, 2014 7:53 am

    Those are some gorgeous looking blueberrys! Do you freeze your extra berrys? Love that top shot of ole Red sitting in front of the barn!

    • July 19, 2014 8:56 am

      Chris, yes we do – pretty tasty in the winter. I like them half thawed with some Jane cream for dessert. Yummy!

  7. July 20, 2014 5:12 am

    Like Bev, water is an issue here. We got off to a good start baling clover yesterday afternoon but at 7:00 something in the air changed and within minutes the hay on the ground was suddenly wet. And of course we didn’t stop. So. What am I going to do with those 30 bales? Feed them immediately or throw them in a ditch…they can’t go in the barn.

    The dry bales out there weighed 80 pounds. The wet ones are just awful.

    • July 20, 2014 6:13 am

      I have a few of those from our last go round. Only one was warm after the 72 hour wait, so they are sitting by themselves, heavy as lead and destined for ballast maybe?

      I hate 80 pound bales, no more of that here, its too much work.

      Good thing you didn’t cut the whole thing…

      • July 20, 2014 9:38 am

        No kidding. We won’t cut the rest for another week or so. Hard to trust the forecast right now. We usually get a good 4″ rain early in August but who knows.

        • July 20, 2014 10:06 am

          4″! We’re lucky to get 4 drops of rain in August.

        • July 21, 2014 6:10 am

          Worked out pretty well a few years back. We were in a serious drought and the pond was down several feet. We got 4 inches in 20 minutes. The pond filled up and the soil absorbed enough moisture to make it possible for us to move the netting without making a pilot hole. Didn’t rain again until November or December that year.

        • July 21, 2014 6:33 am

          Pilot holes, ugh. Never had to resort to that. Rain is supposed to be coming tomorrow and the next day…maybe a good one. I’m going to sneak in some seeds besides the transplants.

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