Everything happens the last weekend in May and the first week of June. The goal is to get the gardens planted by the first week of June and Jon, Zina, Grandma and Aaron did it! The drip irrigation is all hooked up on both the big root garden and the greenhouse and surrounding beds. They are all on timers and will come on early in the morning and mid evening until the seedlings are all up and established. After that, depending on the heat factor, we will probably go back to just mornings.
The broilers are also now out in their chicken tractor and that seems to be THE way to go. By moving it the length of itself each day the birds get to have clean grass to live on and it avoids the problems of having to constantly clean up after them like one does with a cat litter box. We put up an electric poultry net around it to keep the neighbor dogs, our dog, the barn cats, and the coyotes and foxes away from them. All in all, if you are going to raise chickens for meat and want to do it on grass, this is the best bet.
So we are all exhausted. I did manage to wrench my back pretty badly so now I’m forced to lay flat until these muscles loosen up. That’s the penalty for farming in your 50’s I guess. Grandma was a trooper too. We just had wine and griped about our aches and pains afterward! But the major projects are done!
We even had the farmer from across the road come over and ask to farm our back 30. This will save us a ton on property taxes and also help kind of rebuild the soil. It will be nice to have the land used in a more sustainable way as he uses a “no tilling” method. The first year it needs to be plowed and disced but after that there will be a rotation of 4 crops and a fallow year in the 5th. He will begin by planting Wheat then Milo, then Millet, then Sunflowers. I am looking forward to a field full of big yellow flowers!
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