Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share moments from around the farm this week.  It’s been an exciting week with warm, sunny weather over last weekend and into the earlier part of this week.  Brian and I got a cement pad laid for our electrician to come in and move the A/C unit and generator so that our landscaper can come in and do her magic.  I’m really looking forward to putting a pretty face on this wonky old farmhouse.

Not a beautiful picture . . . but it’s progress!

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Farm Visitors

We were privileged to host Prairie View Elementary School yesterday.  It was a chilly, rainy day, but everyone enjoyed themselves anyway.  We hosted two tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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In Full Spring Swing

We’ve been having some beautiful weather which is wonderful for getting things done around the farm.  This past weekend Brian and I laid the cement pad for the air conditioner and generator to sit on.  It was a lot of work and it turned out great.  Next week the electrician will be here (finger’s crossed) to move the A/C and generator, and then the landscaping can begin.  The landscaper will be here on Thursday to finalize the plan.  After three years of living in wonky old farmhouse, she’ll finally have a pretty face!

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A Well Planted Pot

I’ve always loved the lush abundance of a well planted pot alive with colorful flowers and vines dripping over the edges.  You see them in greenhouses, often with hefty price tags.  I decided this year to plant up my own pots and only time will tell if I’ve filled them well enough.

I started with a good potting soil and planted one dracaena plant in the middle of each pot, followed by three red geraniums, one euphorbia, one bacopa, and two sweet potato vines.  They look pretty and hopefully they’ll fill in with that lush abundance I’m looking for.  The other thing I need to keep on top of is watering.  This year I’m going to water with liquid fertilizer in the watering can.  These particular plants sit in full sun all day, so watering is imperative.  As is turning them one quarter turn a day to keep them growing in evenly.

I didn’t get to the blueberry bushes although I did give them a good watering.  Perhaps tomorrow.

Until next time . . .

 

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May Showers

Last night was filled with lightening flashing through my bedroom windows, thunder and hard rain.  I hardly slept.  It was also very muggy and I would awaken to a quiet night, open the window, get back into bed and fall asleep, only to wake a short time later to get out of bed and close the windows.  I should have just gone downstairs and turned the A/C on low.  Oh well . . .

This morning is gorgeous albeit cloudy.  It stopped raining, it’s warm and the grass has turned a beautiful shade of green.  I’m beginning to believe spring is well on her way to summer.

Yesterday was a day of errands, one of which was a trip to a favorite garden center.  I had planned on buying a couple of climbing roses and some marigolds for the vegetable garden.  However, they didn’t have any marigolds in yet.  They also didn’t have the ‘New Dawn’ climbing rose I was looking for, so I purchased two healthy looking ‘Ramblin’ Red’ roses.  They are a pretty shade of red and should look beautiful on the arbor that Brian will be building at the front of the house to hide the ugly mechanical stuff.

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Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share my favorite moments from around the farm this week.  Today’s post is a day late as yesterday was shearing day for our alpacas.  Thanks to Pete and his team from Top Knot Shearing for their great work.  Our friend Greg and his son, Max, were out to help and while they were here they helped Brian prepare the vegetable garden for planting.  Hope you enjoy these moments from the farm this week!

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Two Men and a Rototiller

I’m so grateful for my husband, Brian, and our friend Greg who used pick ax, shovel and rototiller to prepare my garden for this year’s vegetable bonanza.  Remember what it looked like before?

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Planning the Vegetable Garden

Now that the weather has seemingly straightened itself out, I’m in vegetable garden planning mode.  Most years I fly by the seat of my pants, but this year I wanted to make sure I got in everything for yummy summer salads with enough to feed our chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.  Everyone gets fresh vegetables at breakfast time and this year I’m determined that it’s all going to come from my very own garden.

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Chicken Chat

Now that the weather is finally cooperating with spring, my attention is turning to planning the vegetable garden, landscaping the front of wonky old farmhouse, and ordering more chickens.  This winter took it’s toll on my hens.  I lost three to unknown causes, one to wry neck and a fifth to a hawk yesterday.  The hawk didn’t make off with the chicken, but the damage was done.  I’m getting used to losing chickens, but it sure doesn’t get any easier.  A little piece of my heart breaks off with each one.

Since we’ve been on the farm it’s been a thing to order new chickens in the spring.  This spring is no different.  I’ve ordered five Silver Gray Dorkings and 5 Dominiques.  I like to try out different chickens to keep things interesting.  I tend to order darker chickens because I read somewhere that they’re not as obvious from the sky should an eagle or hawk fly over.  Not sure how true that is considering what happened yesterday, but it helps to think it’s so.

Silver Gray Dorking Hen

Dominique Hen

Our new day old chicks should arrive sometime around the end of May.  In the meantime, I have to get to Home Depot to pick up some new medium size boxes.  Putting three together makes for one spacious and cozy brood nest!

Aside from chickens I’m waiting for word on my bees.  Their expected date of arrival is towards the end of April, beginning of May.  I’m eager to get going.  I’m about “read” out and want to put what I’ve learned into practice.  And one can only watch “hiving a package of bees” on YouTube so many times.  I’m ready for action!

Until next time . . .

 

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Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share my favorite moments from around the farm this week.  It has been a harrowing week with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall creating a dire situation for migrating birds, especially Robins, who are unable to forage for worms and insects with the heavy snow cover.  I know caring individuals from all over the state of Wisconsin were taking care of these beautiful harbingers of spring and that many were saved because of their efforts.  Well done!

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