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We transplanted the first of our spring crops today – Fava Beans! Continue reading
Our rooster “Owl” or “Owlie” looked so good in the sunshine today that I had to take a picture, I called him hoping he would turn and pose like he usually does but instead this happened and I will be quoting Edward Lear for the rest of the day. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. The weather turns cold and root vegetables take over the kitchen. Yesterday I had sliced green tomato on my veggie burger instead of a nice red tomato because I had forgotten you have to buy those things if you want them after the summer… Continue reading
I learned about corduroy roads when we researched Karl’s family tree and found out his great-great-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow Hill (Co. I, 25th Ohio Volunteer Infantry), was injured in the Civil War. His second injury was when a Minié ball struck him on the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. He… Continue reading
We only have cold resistant starts in the greenhouse at this time of year, but even they prefer not to experience an arctic blast. We cover the trays inside, fill tubs with hot water and place those on the floor under the trays, then add polythene curtains to reduce the… Continue reading
It was the perfect weather for plowing today. The lower end of the field has dried out and getting opened up now will help it to warm up faster (even if it is only to melt the snow). This is one of our more dramatic barn cats, Mini-Me. This part… Continue reading
We are loving our new potato hiller. The previously back-breaking work of covering the potatoes by hand can now be done with a pass of the tractor. We will use the hiller again a couple of times during the growing season because more hilling up of the plants means more… Continue reading
Today was woodpecker day in the front garden. We use dead logs to mark the edges of the “flower beds” – it has a certain rustic charm, helps us use up the deadfalls, and creates hiding places for the bugs and grubs – a food source for woodpeckers. The male… Continue reading
This is the first year we have had bluebirds as year-round residents. Eastern Bluebirds are very helpful on the farm as they are predominantly bug eaters, but they do also eat fruits. We do not set out bird feeders, but we deliberately plant and cultivate fruiting trees and plants. The… Continue reading
Recently I was shown an advertisement for a shopping service that included a statement that at first amused me but when I thought about it some more I became quite annoyed. The statement was “eat like a farmer” with the implication that this overly packaged and sanitized food product was as… Continue reading