Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring farm update......

We are finally starting to turn green here in the Northeast. Leaves are emerging on the maples and the pollen is flying. Pastures are slowing greening up and the sheep enjoy a few minutes of grass each day. Black fly season is also in full swing.....most of the animals spend their time laying down during the day and graze during the night. It's such a catch 22 situation - we look forward to spring but not the bugs that come along with it!
It's been a typical busy week here - productive and satisfying. Gardens are rototilled and ready for planting. The soil looks and smells great. I'm eager to start planting. We hope to take a ride to Allen, Sterling and Lothrop to get our garden seed on Sunday. This is the East garden. We are going to plant potatoes, broccoli and peppers in this garden this year. This is our main garden. We also have a south garden where we plant vine crops and pole beans.
This is our new pasture that I was working on last week. I rototilled it last Saturday - dragged a chain drag to roll any roots and sticks out that I didn't pick up the first time, broadcast lime and then seed. About two hours after I was finished, it rained - I was so happy I was dancing in the kitchen!

This is what I found when I went out to check this afternoon - this is clover just emerging....that grass can't be too far behind. It's so exciting to know we will have a new pasture for the animals before too long.
The lambs are growing quickly - they are at the age where they are so much fun to watch especially when the ewes are occupied. The lambs all congregate in one corner and then the lamb races begin. I've been trying to get a little video but haven't been successful so far.
Shearing is nearly finished and each afternoon I skirt a bag or two of wool. All the fiber that will be turned into yarn has been delivered to the processor. Now I'll finish wool for roving. It will be nice to finish this particular project.

Mom's & lambies
Tango is the nosiest of all the lambs. He's always checking humans out, looking for a handout already :)
Spring also means fresh greens for dinner. These are young fiddlehead fern. They grow along marshes and riverbanks. A friend of ours knows right where to go to harvest them. It's a very small window of time to harvest before they are too big. We bartered fresh beef for 3 pounds. They were delicious :)

Next blog.....new arrivals at the farm. Stay tuned :)

9 comments:

kristi said...

A wonderful farm post...everything that makes a farm complete..from the gardens to the food to the animals! Its such a busy time of year, thanks for sharing the photos! When do you usually start planting?

Leenie said...

We are at about the same season as you. Maple leaves just peeking out. But those are not gardens...those are small fields! If your crops do well, you can laugh at the grocery store and eat healthy as well. Good for you--using the good dirt for what it was made.

Christy said...

Those are some huge gardens! How do you ever get them all planted?

Gayle said...

Wow, those are big gardens. I bet that is a lot of work. I'm going to put in some new vegetable gardens this year as my other beds don't get enough sun. I'll use those just for flowers. Everything is looking so green around your place!

melanie said...

Aren't fiddleheads the best? I caught the harvest at the right time this year and had myself several lovely meals...

Diana said...

Oh, those fiddleheads look good! I am a true Mainiac transplanted now in NC and I miss those fiddleheads! Enjoy your spring... blackflies and all. :)

Sue said...

Everything looks soooo nice. What a beautiful place you have. Those gardens are HUGE. Hope you have a good tub to soak in after all that work!

Peggy said...

Everything is looking good! Bet you are going to have a very busy summer but enjoy the gardens.

threecollie said...

Lots of interesting things going on! Thanks for keeping us updated. Your gardens look wonderful. We started making some new ground and found a foundation to some sort of building we didn't know was there....