Cabbage is Sprouting

29 Aug

Our cabbage that was just planted has started to push out of the ground.  We have had to keep the water going across the field because cabbage doesn’t have a lot of umph to push through any type of hard dirt.

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So with the hot weather we have been having, keeping that soil damp allows for the plant to push through easier.

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The plants are pushing through which is great, but along with the crop comes the pests. Flea beetle to be exact.

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You can see that they have already started to chew on some if the leaves. So we are out spraying this morning to get them under control.

Hopefully they will keep on a growing, we need the cabbage to be fairly large heading into winter! This is just one example of how you can always find something to take care of on a farm. These plants will grow and produce for you, but you have to take care if them and nurture them to make it all work out. All while knowing that sometimes no matter how hard you work, Mother Nature still has the final say on if the end result will really work out.

Happy Friday and hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!!

Photo Friday…A New Crop

22 Aug

We are adding a new crop to our list of things we grow for this coming year. Red cabbage for seed. So we spent a good chunk of this week and last preparing the soil and getting it all planted.

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And it’s no small job. We worked the ground 3 times, applied lime, irrigated, worked the ground 2 times, sprayed a pre-emergent (photos below)

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Worked the ground 2 more times, irrigated again…then finally planted! Once they were in the ground we again had to spray and irrigate one last time.
Now we just have to keep the soil damp so the seeds come up quickly and watch for bugs that can eat you crop as it pops out of the ground.
Now that I’ve written all this out I think this new crop is not in the easy to manage book of crops to grow! But we think it will be a good rotation on our farm, stay tuned for more photos as we take care of our newest crop!

Harvest Dinners

11 Aug

It’s not easy on folks to spend 14 plus hours a day out in a field for harvest time.  We all get a bit tired and worn down as you can imagine.  So when the clock starts to creep closer to supper time, looking forward to home cooked meal out in the field just about makes it all worth it.  My mom has done harvest dinners for as long as I can remember.  I can still taste how good lasagna hits the spot after a long day of driving combine, or how I would get so excited just hearing that enchiladas (although hard to eat while driving) were on the menu.

So this year for harvest, as her summer was filling up with visitors and a get away or two, and mine was taken over by a small human, we decided to share the job.  So most days, one of us would hold and take care of Hoot man, while the other cooked and assembled anywhere from 5 to 8 meals to take out to the field.

IMG_1671We come by this job a little bit naturally however, my grandma has cooked quite a few meals in her day.  So I wanted to share with you a short poem that she wrote about this, enjoy!

Again?
by Arlene Hammond

“What’s for dinner?” he asks, as he walks past the sink.
He sits down with his book, and I start to think!
How many meals have I prepared for this great family of mine?
We are quite a group and there’s been lots of time.
There are 3 meals a day, 365 days a year.
That is more than a thousand – that’s for one person, you hear?
67 years we’ve been married – Uncle Sam fed you for two.
That makes over 65,000 meals and that’s only for you!
I like to eat too, as you can plainly see, so that is 130,000 meals if we’re including me.
That sounds pretty big, but we’re not through yet.
We had those four kids, how could I forget?
Nearly 20 years each of those kids stayed on…
So another 80,000 more meals before they were gone.
It is really quite mind boggling this sum I’ve deduced
210,000 meals me and my kitchen produced.
There is much talk about “Burnout” in the workplace today.
What would they think of what I have to say?
I heard “What’s for dinner?” Did that come from you?
If you will pardon me darling, I haven’t a clue!!!

 

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