Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's beginning to look like a real farm around here.

Farming Week - Day 9 (hmmm, this is a long week.)

Sunday, the sun is shining, at least some of the time.  I want to plant and I want to sing and I want to rest and I want to be ready for the coming week.

Rob and a Welsh Harlequin
- RC poultry care
- dishes
- dug a bed for okra
- lots of weeds to the chickens
- planted okra in the hoophouse
- hoed the corn and sweet peppers
- started weeding the onions
- farm visitors (yay!)
- delicious breakfast/lunch featuring our own vegetables and chicken
- blog post
- I seem to have hit my energy wall.  oops.
- Everyone left and now all I want to do is rest but I also want to plant a few more things first.
- planted okra, with some marigolds
- planted cherry tomatoes
- thunder and lightening so I am back inside.  Now the sun is shining.  This has happened about 6 times today.

(Forgot to post this one.  The last of my daily posts from the Farming Week.  It was a good week overall except for the need to do paperwork when I wanted to be outside.  That made me stressed and grumpy for a while.  And I missed the singing in Amherst on Sunday because of being so behind.  It's a constant thing, trying to find balance between work and play, friends/family and quiet time alone, outside and inside projects.  I just keep carrying on and I do best when I don't forget to pray.)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Farming Week - Day 8

Two week old ducklings
- poultry care
- blog post
- dishes
- picked a whole lot of spinach

Before picking spinach

After picking spinach (now it's a leek bed)

- raining hard off and on.  to plant?  to freeze spinach?  paperwork?
- RC moved the ducks into a bigger space.  They love it.
- made a fire in the fireplace (June 2!)
- set out plants - tomatillos, ground cherries, snapdragons, broom corn (for the flowers)
- weeded New Zealand spinach, chard
-fun supper with friends featuring our own kale, scallions, green garlic, cilantro, sorrel, mesclun, and freshly caught shad
- lots of fun talking to a young chicken fancier.  "Chickens are my favorite animal."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Farming Week - Day 7 - Gone Gardening

- share clean up (cloths, buckets, cold paks, flower vases)
- paid bills
- ordered Tree Collards from Bountiful Gardens (I am really intrigued by these.)
- steamed eggs for "hard boiled" eggs It worked!  Easy peeling of freshly laid eggs at last!
- planted brussel sprouts, cilantro, dill, leaf fennel, plum tomatoes, small salad tomatoes
- found these guys:
Tomato Hornworm???
- set 9 eggs under the broody hen (exchanged for her golf balls, which she defended fiercely)  Hopefully, we will have chicks for the solstice!

- supper = our own chicken (Delaware) and our own kale and scallions

Friday, June 1, 2012

Farming Week - Day 6

- bath!
- poultry care
- dishes/hand washing
- pick the shares
- correct my accounting mistakes, surprisingly quick and easy!
- town, turned in papers, Yahoo!, saw a friend who gave me some tomatillos plants (Thanks, David of Rainbow Harvest Farm!), dashed home
- rushed about putting away the most dangerous items in case of young children coming over, prepped two salads and some radishes
- friends - eating - singing!
- I feel much better after that and a good night's sleep and looking forward to some quiet, if busy, days at home.