Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday 4/17

The fields were white with frost and even the wild turnips were drooping as it was 25F this morning.
It didn't seem to bother the rye which is starting to head.
Another busy day at work and I went over to the farm when I got off to take photos of the new lambs. Four so far and they seem to be doing good.
Some of the other girls. The ram is at another farm tearing up stuff there rather than here where he was causing problems.
An EA-6B flew over and looked down at us then did some maneuvers that would have eluded a surface to air missile by the sharp turns it made.
The animals weren't real happy with the whole show but soon settled down again.
  They have just put in four large raised bed gardens.
Fenced in and ready to plant if we ever get some dry weather and it warms up some.
The crops are varieties that would have been available to this area in 1800.
The outdoor oven is ready to go and they will give a class on using it. I have been thinking about building one at home but it is not at the top of the list of things to do yet.
Back home looking at the barley in the center and the tall rye to the left. The kale is starting to get buds so it will bolt and go to seed when it warms again. The cold didn't appear to hurt the hops so that was good news.
Lots of flowers blooming but I only saw one bee this afternoon.

23 comments:

  1. Maybe you need to encourage some carpenter bees. There were no honey bees here until the white man brought them after all.

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    1. I don't really have anything for bees other than peaches and weeds, the peaches never amount to anything because of stink bugs so it doesn't matter if I have bees. The vegetables in the garden are mostly self pollinating if you research it and others have specific pollinators as they bloom at night.

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  2. Nothing Pollinates as well as Honey Bees!!! Much like how all the best cereal grains had to cross the ocean North America was wasted until it was properly settled.

    I need to build an standing roof structure like that outdoor oven but for a forge I been thinking about for years now.

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    1. They made it all out of wood, not sure it would hold up where you are, you need to anchor your shed into the ground some how to keep it from blowing away. They have a building not far from the oven where the blacksmith stuff is located, just as well that I don't have a window, I would be watching the farm all day.

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    2. Oh I would put the pillars into the ground like posts if I built one. The wind around here can get crazy that's for sure.

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  3. It seems like the cold snaps won't end across the country. Is the current weather patterns normal and I just don't remember correctly. Do we need to start planting a month later than normally so we don't lose everything to a late season freeze?

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    1. When I was growing up 50 years ago it was similar to this and we didn't put any plants out until May 15th. We went through a warm period for a few years which got the global warming religion started but it has been cool or at least not warming for the last few years so we are getting back to typical. If you notice the global warming religious leaders don't have news events or even talk about it unless it is a hot day.

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  4. Our tulips reacted the same way!

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    1. We don't have any tulips, if there were any here, they didn't survive the cold over the years.

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  5. I love your last shot, the hungry bee..

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    1. A hungry bee that had a long way to fly to get home, the closest hives that I know of are a mile or more away but there could be a wild hive somewhere but still not close enough for us to see many of them.

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  6. those are very large raised beds. will you show what they plant in them? everything is starting to bloom here now!

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    1. I know that she has seeds but I can't remembered what was ordered. It involved researching old records to try and figure out what varieties were available. Jefferson kept pretty good records and was one of the sources though he wasn't a German homestead.

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  7. It would be fun to have an outdoor oven.
    My neighbors had a ram and it busted out every wall in their walk in shed. Just the bottom half of the walls. They got rid of the ram, but haven't fixed the shed, so it looks kind of funny.

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    1. They try to tear up people as well, like little bulls. I had a billy goat that tried it with me and I caught his horns and flipped it upside down and stuck the horns in the soft ground and wouldn't let him up, I had no problem after that.

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  8. oh those babies are cute! i want to come out and see that museum eventually. we've been seeing a lot of carpenter bees!

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    1. I don't like those bees as they will bore a hole in a tool handle not to mention the buildings.

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    1. This one wasn't all aggravated by the camera so I was able to get a few photos, usually they fly off as soon as you get near them.

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  10. It's been cold here at night too. The lambs look good, and Mum is a beauty! The oven is brilliant, I would adore having one in the courtyard of my condo! :-) Bees... bees are dying out so fast...

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    1. You could fix your neighbors pizza at the courtyard! At least you guys don't have your government actively promoting the chemicals and GMO plants that are killing bees like our wonderful government does.

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  11. Hi there, it's still very cold and windy here. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day and a Happy Easter. Hugs, Chris
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    1. Thanks, you would like to visit the place where I have paintings for sale, Black Dog Salvage as they re-purpose all kinds of items like you do and even have a TV show called Salvage Dawgs. Anyway it if fun to take thing that many would call junk and turn them in to neat items. Warm weather may arrive before May?

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