Friday, May 8, 2009

Almost time to plant.........

Tom & I picked up a big rototiller that runs off the 3 point hitch behind the tractor this morning as well as a broadcaster that spreads lime and grass seed. We disconnected the york rake, attached the rototiller and I tilled the new pasture. It was a little heavy as we've recently had rain but not so wet I couldn't till. This is great soil. It smells so good! Tomorrow I'll drag it with the york rake and pick up any remaining sticks and roots and then I'll spread lime with the broadcaster. Once that's done, I'll rototill one more time and then broadcast the grass seed on the piece. We use a hayfield mix with lots of timothy, ladino and alsike clover (which the bees absolutely love), orchard grass, red top, etc. If we have done everything right, we could be grazing this in 6 to 8 weeks.

There are three vegetable gardens to be tilled. I did the south garden first. It will be a week or so before we can plant many vegetables but I like to keep them weed free for a spell before planting.


That's rhubarb in the bottom right corner. This is our squash, gourd, vine garden. The guineas and chickens immediately started picking through the fresh turned soil. The fence keeps them out when the gate is closed. We should have all the gardens ready for planting by the time the weekend is over. I have to return the equipment on Monday. I would love to have my own tiller but they are expensive. We are putting up a new pole barn for hay storage this year so a tiller is out of the question just yet.



I had quite an audience this afternoon. The new pasture is right next to where the cows are pastured now. These ladies are very interested in everything that goes on around here especially if it involves food. I finished just before chore time - they were standing at the gate, waiting quite impatiently!


This is our audience in the barn during chores. A warm milk treat for my hardworking "mousers".

We are hoping for dry weather tomorrow. It would be great to get in another productive day on the farm.

8 comments:

kristi said...

I am almost there too!! Of course, my area is much much smaller than yours:) It is so nice to finally be thinking of planting because this winter was much too long. I love the kitties and cows!!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Great pics of the soil - love the red and white cow too :)

lisa said...

I love the cats, they are beautiful. The cows are great. I love it when they look at you as if to say(what the heck are you doing!) You have alot of canning to do in the fall.

Mama said...

I love the cats,the cows and the dirt,great pics!!

Gayle said...

What a great farm life you live. I'd be really interested to see your planting process with the gardening. I love to garden, but we have such a short season...and I have so much to learn.

DayPhoto said...

Your kitties look like they are about to be Momma's also.

Happy Mother's Day!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

DayPhoto said...

I also love seeing the lay of your land, your farming and gardening work.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Danielle said...

Your cats are so beautiful! The cows are very slick looking too. :-)