Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Update on hay beds

Hay bed with young winter squash.

This is a semi-permanent hay bed, right after the insect cover was removed this past week.   It is planted mostly with acorn squash, although there is a gap toward the back, followed by three hills of butternut squash.  The butternut squash vines will fill the gap.

Winter squashes (acorn, butternut, pumpkin) do very well in the hay beds here.   I try to keep enough hay beds maintained so that I can move things around a bit, and leave some hay bed space fallow each year.

The hay beds are semi-permanent.   One year, I accidentally sold the last of the mulch hay, before renewing the hay beds.  I had to let the hay beds go, and start them over when brought in hay the following year.  Hay beds are great for weed control, but they do need new hay added once or twice a year.

It all worked out, because I added manure and some rock phosphate to the overgrown beds, turned them under with the cultivator, and put down new hay sections.    The bed in the picture was turned over last year, and planted again for the first time this year. 

I have a few cabbages in a raised bed this year, and they seem happy there.

Happy Independence Day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tucking in the baler

Today, George and I moved the hay baler into the metal garage.   This is always a tricky procedure, because it has to go in slant-wise, backwards, in order to fit.  The person (George) driving the tractor can't see what he might be about to hit, like the side of a building, so has to rely on someone (me) making hand signals from the ground.

I tend to drop my arms when I want someone to stop, and George expects arms to be raised for a stopping signal.   This can cause minor difficulties.

But, the procedure was a success, and we had a few inches to spare when we fit the farm tractor in beside the baler for the winter.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Mulch hay

We still have hundreds of bales of mulch hay available for sale.  $3/bale at the barn, in good weather.


The thing I really like about broccoli (broc) is it keeps on producing.  After the first heads have long since been processed into meal sized bags and put in the freezer for the winter, the plants keep making more.

Most of the remaining broc is used fresh in meals here.   But, I always let some keep maturing to yellow flowers.    There are bees that flock to the broc flowers in late fall, long after most wild flowers have gone by.   Have to save some for the bees.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Firewood and cool temps

 I took these pictures three days ago, but I'm still hauling and stacking.   Keep saying "good exercise" to myself.   Will probably be glad this chore is done when it is snowy this winter.   For now, I'm a little sore.

Saw the leaves at right hiding among the greenery.

Now, these are kind of pretty.   But, I need at least another month of warmer weather to get the rest of the garden into the cellar.   The garden went in very late due to the wet spring.   A lingering fall would be helpful.   Forecast says 42 degrees tonight.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mulch hay beds and green beans

This is a re-building year for the hay beds, after having to "let them go" last year.   I just finished three long beds.  

Given we're rebuilding, the layout is changing to one that makes it easier to mow, and gives winter squash vines more room to grow.

The beds in these pictures are 6 ft wide and 65 to 70 feet long.   They will sit this year, and some of the winter squash will be here next year.

In the two smaller beds I turned and planted this spring (not pictured), fewer weeds came up than in my regular in-ground beds.  That was a surprise.  Maybe the seed rotted?  I'll have to try this again.

August is string bean season.  I have blanched about 40 pounds of beans for the freezer.   But, we got a new chest freezer recently, so next year I may do more.   They are so much better than frozen beans from the market, in the winter.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mulch hay

Mulch hay for sale.  2017 cut.   Stored in barn or under an overhang.   Please contact us to schedule a  time to come by, so we can be sure someone is available to help.

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 going to bed

Wishing everyone a peaceful and calm end to 2016.

We're out of hay until we start haying next season.

My sister Cate sent us a "pet blanket".   We've always kept old throws around, but according to our 21 year old cat, this is better.   He is pretty much living under it now.

The bird feeder has been filled, steps sanded, stove wood brought in, and a mid-day hot meal consumed.   Lots of snoozing going on here in the quiet.  I think I'll make some banana bread.

Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


We have mulch hay for sale.   $3 per bale at the barn.  

Stored under a 3-sided overhang or in the barn.

This mulch hay was cut in 2016.   Pls email us to arrange a time to come by, and feel free to inspect the hay before you buy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New views

 The first two pictures show views we didn't have before the trees blew down.

The first view is from the parking area looking toward the kitchen gardens.

The second view is from the parking area looking toward the hay field.

The last picture is looking over part of the kitchen gardens toward the wooden garage.   One of the nice things about a veggie garden is that it is new every year, so the view changes a little.   But the trees blew blew over, I couldn't see this garage from the gardens.

Update on the great tree clean up:

  •  George did most of the chain sawing.
  • We cut everything to 4 or 8 ft lengths and stacked away for future use.   The  smallest diameter 8 ft lengths worked great for holding down row cover in the kitchen gardens this year.
  • I cleaned up all the branches except for 2 piles.  Piles were left in various places for wildlife habitat.