Asparagus signs

Cait was poking around the asparagus patch today and found the first spears just beginning to push through the debris.  A few days ago we were in Salida and saw some spears 12 inches tall.  They have already provided the property owner with a couple meals this spring.  the difference between BV and Salida is […]

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Getting Grounded

A fox recently got smarter than the fence.  He ended up killing 10 – 15 birds before we fixed the problem.  I raised the height of the gates and ran three strands of electric wire around the top of the pen.  When I plugged the charger in and grabbed a hold of the wire I […]

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First Sprinkling of the Year

We set up the irrigation on the the upper garden today.  It went surprisingly smoothly.   The most serious concern was a pipe that broke that was left buried in the ground under the driveway.  We were hoping that we wouldn’t have to dig it up last fall and rebury it this year.  I look […]

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Spring Tilling and a Hope for Rain

I turned compost and Planters II into the garden today.  I started with the disk but it wasn’t incorporating the compost well enough so I switched to the Maschio tiller.  We could really use some precipitation now.  The mountains are white with snow but it is dry as a bone down in the valley.  The […]

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First Chickens Ordered for the Year

I ordered 150 Freedom Rangers today.  They should arrive May 7. We were happy with this breed last year.  They are from J&M Hatchery out of Pennsylvania.  They are a breed developed by a French breeder for the Label Rouge market there.  We are thinking about doing three or four rounds of 150 this year.  […]

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Chicken House Cleaning

We cleaned out the chicken container today; Cait, Mom, Dad and me.  Cold temperatures and moist air in the container from all the chicken respiration creates so much condensation that it seems to rain inside the building in the morning.  All the cold weather in February and not enough bedding made for a dense pack.  The […]

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Taking Advantage of the Sun

I love living on the farm and being able to make decisions on the fly.  The sun is shinning now but the forecast for tomorrow is rain.  So in the moment I decided to take the opportunity to spread Planters II.  I spread compost last week.  With the next break in the weather I’ll get […]

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First Big Greenhouse Seeding of 2011

Caitlin is off to the greenhouse to begin the first round of successional crops like lettuce and broccoli along with some longer standing crops like kale, flowers and herbs.  The onions and leeks are already growing strong.  Only two and a half months until the first farmers market.

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The First Of Many

Besides helping me perfect my connect four game or aiding in my exploration of  the earth through Google’s eyes, I hope my new phone also facilitates my farm journal keeping.

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