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Posted by kari on January 18, 2013
Posted under barn, chicknes, weather

Barn sweet Barn

Not much is moving on the farm. It’s winter, so no surprise. There are plans in the works, though. Chickens and horses should come next year. We’re thinking of rescue horses rather than bred this time around, and maybe fostering instead of owning. There is a lot of uncertainty, but chickens are easy animals, flexible and able to travel or find a new home if the farm moves again soon.

We’ll put in drainage for the livestock field and introduce a barn cat or two in 2013. On the inside, the new cat has caught a mouse. Here’s hoping for many more.

The Rats are cute. They don’t do tricks, but they’re good holding rats.

Growing Season Begins

Posted by kari on February 22, 2010
Posted under food, weather

rubarbThe rhubarb and garlic are growing already! We’ve had such warm weather that today I was sweeping wasps nests off the roof and found a wasp. The nights have been very cold, though. there is no cloud cover at night, so we have a real risk of frost taking the buds off the apple trees and killing the garlic and rhubarb.

Sad to Say

Posted by kari on November 13, 2009
Posted under barn, cow, weather

hailIt’s hard to see, but the insanely wet and cold weather we’ve had gave us our first hail this week. Unfortunately we’ve been getting over an inch of rain each each day.

The really sad thing about this is that our barn flooded again! Horses and cows are too heavy for french drains.

Because of this and our lack of time, we gave up our beef cow. He’ll have a gret time with the cows in the new pasture he’s going to live in, well, for a while. He is a Jersey Angus cross steer, so he’s not really slated for a long life.


Posted by kari on April 23, 2009
Posted under drainage, field, weather

All winter we fought the water. In some ways we were the clear winners: the barn did not flood.

In some ways it was a draw: we directed the stream that runs next to the barn. As long as we didn’t drive over it with the truck, it stayed in the path we made. Did I mention that the truck is the only way to get to the manuer pile in the winter?

Ray rented a trench digger, got some help, and dug 300 feet of soon to be subterranian paths for this water. A French drain was about to begin. The trencher didn’t like working in very wet soil so the water path and about 15 feet of the area North of the barn had to be dug by hand. The trencher was returned, the pipe has been purchased, now we are waiting for a dry day to continue work.

This is it! This will work. We will finally overcome the water!

Today It’s 60. Last night it snowed.

Posted by kari on March 29, 2009
Posted under barn, compost, weather

The weather has been having fun with us lately. How nice and sunny! How it snowed last night! And rained the day before, and was really great for two days before that.

Work must go on, though. Today is the day we’d been dreading: cleaning day. Sure it happens all the time, but the drainage is sucking the wheelbarrow into the earth. Help, help!

Things are looking good. There are fewer runny noses and more sunlight. Let’s hear it for Spring! And we’re back on track to make the outdoors our own again.

We’ll miss the black gold the alpacas and llamas provided, but there is just as much manuer on the pile as there ever wa.

Sulight in the Storm

Posted by kari on March 17, 2009
Posted under chicknes, weather

With the onset of a storm, we realize that tilling should have been done back when we had that week of sunlight. Fortunately, today we had a short sun burst in the middle of the day. There was even a double rainbow to keep us company as we scurried about doing what we could. No, there was no tilling because the ground was too wet, but the animals had a nice time out.

The barn must be readied for a new group of chicks. We’ll be experimenting this year with cornish cross hens. For the first time we’ll bring meat birds on the farm.

Pruning Time

Posted by kari on February 21, 2009
Posted under weather

We’re running a little behind on the pruning this year, well for the last three years. This is the first year that we’ve really gone after the apple and pear trees. But this is the right time of year, so we’re going to do it! Let’s hear it for large fruit in 2009!~

Snow and Ice

Posted by kari on January 26, 2009
Posted under compost, weather

Just as we started pruning apple trees and moving manuer up to the garden, another snow storm came through! Then last night was about 20F. It might be hard to tell, but in the middle of this picture is an ice sculpture made by a broken water pipe. The crystals were lovely as they froze on tree branches.

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