Friday, April 29, 2011

This and That

The days are getting longer and busier.Lots to do to get ready for planting......lets hope the weather improves.Our fruit trees are in cold storage and the ground is ready for them.....just waiting for a good day to plant them.Greenhouse is fabulous!! Have some tomatoes and peppers started and some pansies and marigolds.Geof needs to harrow but it's too wet,so the peas and beans are going in a little late.A broken ploughshare has the ploughing at a stand still,waiting for those to come in.

The seeds are sooooooo small!

 My two hatches.
 They are getting along pretty good....a little bulling.
 This is curly....she has deformed feet but is doing great.
 The freebies.....the grass is so green:)
 Primrose....pretty little flower but ugly after the blossoms dry up.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Have Land.....Will Plough......

Geof did some ploughing the last couple days.I love the smell and site of freshly furrowed soil.Every year he goes just a little further......

Looks pretty wide but it won't take long to fill it!
Two chairs in the you suppose they'll root? LOL
 Long rows
 Plum trees have some buds:)

What do you want? Anyone that has "Free Range" hens knows that the first place they head for is where ever there is a human,I have seven hens that are free range,the "others" are in their run.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

"P" Day

The plastic is on and without too much trouble,a little wind but not a gale.LOL
 Rails.....these are so slick.
 Almost done:)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Windy Day!!

No plastic on the greenhouse yet,it's been blowing like crazy here for a few days.Geof had some finishing touches to do anyways.I can't wait to get out there!!
Door being made.
 Two doors on the front.
 One on the back.
 We'll have lots of room now!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Making up our minds......

Here it is the 9th of April and before you know it will be May! The greenhouse is coming along.....hope to get the plastic on next week......on a day that isn't windy!!! Geof is mumbling and looking in his book to see when we started tomatoes last year.

When we started growing produce in 2002 everything was started in the greenhouse BUT as you live and learn seed into soil is just as effective( for squash,pumpkins,etc) and there is less worrying about frost and they tend to catch up rather quickly.We lost 1200 squash transplants our first year growing due to a heavy frost apple blossom weekend and we'll never make that mistake again,of course you can get frost at anytime but we generally don't set out transplants until the last full moon in June,which is the 15th this year,so we may be able to get them in earlier.We do have crop cover for our beans and peas which we'll start putting in soon.......April 17th we had snow peas in the ground last year.
The strawberry plants are looking well,no winter kill but they will need some straw,4 round bails should do it.
As for our  fruit trees,Geof has pruned those and they are still looking like sticks in the ground.LOL We heard through the grapevine that C&O Nursery had a lot of winter kill and we won't be getting any new trees this year......waiting to hear from them on that.

No turkeys this year,still up in the air about meat birds.....the price of feed the past two years was crazy!!  WE SHALL WAIT AND SEE!
We have until the first week in July to order them.We like to keep our prices reasonable and in range for everyone.I have seen some outrageous prices by other growers and I don't know how they justify lets hope that feed doesn't go through the roof this year.I think I have four chickens left in the am I going to make them last!!

Today would have been a perfect day for Geof to plough but the truck has a broken spring and he has gone to get that fixed.I think ploughing and harrowing are two of his him time to think.LOL

Last years peas and the beans under the crop cover.

This is in you can see the peas are out and this was our third or fourth crop of beans.
Green and Yellow beans

Snap Peas

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Side By Side

So..........another 3 weeks of waiting and another disappointing hatch:(
I have seven so far,culled two and 39 eggs still in the incubator.I see a couple that are wiggling but I'm not very hopeful. This will be it for a while.There is obviously a problem some where,I just can't figure it out.

Going for a ride to the barn.
 Side By Side
 Settling in to their new pad.
 My first hatch is growing!

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Chicks Have Arrived!!

Two were already hatched when we got up and two more have arrived in the last hour.So cute!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Little Geofrey was here today for his Sunday visit.He loves being outside with his grampy:) He's 19 months' and is starting to's so cute!

That rooster is freaking me out!
 Lets go!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Our granddaughter Danika was here for a visit on Friday.She is 14 months' old and very active!She's a smart little cookie too!