Friday, May 27, 2011

around the homestead-tobacco planting

Finally got the first round of tobacco in the ground this morning. Second round has a bit more to grow before planting and the third round is still tiny and wont go in until July or so. Since tobacco needs tons of fertilizer anyway I decided to throw another round of corn in between them all. We typically use store bought fertilizer for the tobacco rather than organic but this year we are trying to go all natural and use wood ash and pee. The plants in the pictures look a bit funny as they were dusted in ash as I plant them. We have also gone to only tilling the rows where we are planting rather than the entire garden. Soon as the new weedeating machine comes in the paths will be mowed down. On the ends of each row I put in winter squash and some melons. I am hoping they will all grow outward toward the fence rather than through the tobacco beds. I really need a ski lift put in on the hill to the lower garden, my legs are tuckered out from hiking up and down the hill somewhere near 15 times.
Found a couple rogue potato plants from taters we had down there going on 2 years ago and decided to pull them up . Check these bad boys out !

Thursday, May 26, 2011

splitting the pasture

This week we split the pasture for the goats in half. This will allow us to rotate pasture and/or split the goats up into three groups if needed. The gate is also going to have new fencing put on it but the rains came in before we could get it done today.

This weekend we will begin the earth bag goat shed in the lower half of the pasture and get the tobacco in the ground, finally. We could have done it this morning as well but with the threat of violent weather, yet again, we decided to wait until after the rains passed. Though we only had some small hail and rains, some areas of the county had baseball sized hail. Praise be we did not have that here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

garden walk about

It is very dry here so although things are growing and doing quite well anything new planted has not sprouted and things are growing slowly. I, however, am not complaining since we have it better than most of the country right now.