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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pictures of the fields and gardens

The french style garden
a close up of the beds
Potatoes that came up where they were planted last year they look good and no bugs have attacked them.
This is a new field garden. I plan to rotate crops in this area to build up the soil and then let it go back to pasture
Squash coming up in the corn.
I am trying out a few new types this year such as this cheese type squash it is like a Butternut squash but it is shaped like a pumpkin and can grow to 40 pounds.
The Buckwheat and Rye
The Oats and Barley
Another garden this is the same garden in my blog header picture
Another view of the same garden this corner is where I have the ancient wheat trials planted and other vegetables that go to seed their second year such as carrots which can be seen in the lower left corner.
The corn field
Weeders in the corn. The house is not our house I do not want any one to think that because there is a TV dish and true farmers do not have one, they don't have time to watch TV anyway!
Making more Hay
Stacking it on the rack to keep the rain of it
raking it
Finished haycocks
I found a nest of these when I was cutting the hay I let them go I did not have the heart to kill them even though they are eating up the neighbors garden.

Thank you for reading this post you are more then welcome to leave a comment.


Addie said...

It sounds as if you have been busy! As I have never lived in the country, or planted any sort of grains, I have a couple questions. :-) Hope you don't mind. :-D

1)How do you harvest the barley, oats, buckwheat and rye?

2)What are you going to do with the haystacks?

Thank you!


Hannah said...

I am not a farmer, and I don't have a TV. Ya know, these pictures do remind me of what I do view each morning as I arise and make my way to the kitchen to have my morning brew, or work in the bakery. The sound effects of birds singing, ducks quacking and lately dogs barking are plenty of reason for me to support that mothers who live with farmers don't need a TV either. Thanks for supporting my channel, I think we should continue to tune into all that He has given us.
Love Ya,

David said...

I have never planted grain crops either this is my first time learning about the process so I really don't no yet how it will all work out. I plan to harvest all the rye with a sickle and bind it into sheaves then these sheaves will be stacked together into what is known as a shock this allows the grain to dry naturally before it is threshed this will also be done by hand with a flail. I will also harvest the oats and barley the same way but I plan to let the hogs harvest some too. This is a very good way to feed hogs since they do all the work! all I will do is fence in the field let the hogs in then they become a combine/manure spreader and what is better it can be eaten in the end!
The hay stacks are a way to keep the hay dry if it should rain as it is continuing to dry it is then put in to the hay mow of our barn when it is fully dry. It is then fed to the live stock in the winter.

Addie said...

Ahh, thank you for taking the time to explain, David! I really appreciate it. Will you grind the dried grains into flour for yourself? We do that with grains we purchase through co-ops.

Thank you again for answering my questions!


David said...

Yes we will grind some of the grain and make bread with it, my family has been doing this for over 15 years but we have never used our own grain yet so we're new to this side of the process. And some of the grain will become feed for the chickens and hogs, and some will be saved to plant for next year's crop.

Unknown said...

Very warm website. How did your emmer trials turn out? I am considering the Ethiopian Blue tinge.
Best regards - Fred BC,Canada