Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Drying up and more.

Butter needs to be dried up (stop producing milk) so that her body can rest and put its energy into growing babies. She has just over 2 months to go and is due May 1.

We've had amazing weather, as in dry, cold weather. But absolutely beautiful blue skies. This makes us behind in precipitation for what is normal though. I'm not sure how that will effect us later but if memory serves me right last February was the same way.

The rooster is now crowing loud enough to be used an alarm clock. Hmmmm, wonder how tasty he might be. Actually, there is a lady at James' work who wants to buy him for her stew pot. We'll see.

I guess have no more news. I am going to have to start taking pictures again. I fear my farm blog is getting boring. Sorry. So much to do, so little time.


Marfa said...

I see you're preparing your beds for your garden. I'd like to know more about how you're going to grow potatoes...do you use potatoes and cut them up? Also, we're thinking this is a good time to start indoor seedlings...are you doing that now?

Susan Sophia said...

I'll blog about it more when I actually plant the potatoes but maybe I shouldn't wait that long in case someone might like the idea. You lay mulch on the ground, any ground, you don't even need to dig up the ground. Spread your potatoes sprouts on the mulch with the distance you normally would. Cover them all with about 12 inches of straw. They'll grow just under the straw and when harvesting you just have to move the straw aside. I've never done this before but since I have a lot of ground that hasn't been dug up yet I thought it would be a great way to use more space. I'll try and let you know how it works. I usually buy my sprouts.

Last year I stated seeds inside but haven't yet this year. Most of what I want to plant is best to go right in the ground. But it usually is a good time to start indoors, depending on your last frost date. About 6-8 weeks before last frost date is what you'll usually see on the package.
Happy planning and planting.