The crops are starting to come along.  Everything is really slow because of the cold weather.  But finally the corn is poking through the ground in the middle field, and the east field’s seed is starting to soften and sprout.  If the weather would warm up and stay warm (corn likes warm weather) the fields will green up nicely.

Terry is watering the bean ground, last set, and then it will dry for awhile before he plants.  Here again we could use some warmer weather to dry out the subbed soil enough for planting.

I did get my garden planted this weekend, the garden rows share the same field as the pinto beans, I cut back some, instead of ½ of an acre I shrunk.  It’s just too hard to keep everything going at my age and still work at a paying job!!!  🙂

The alfalfa is enjoying the cooler weather though.  It won’t be long now before the first cutting, probably in about three weeks.

One thing about being out in the fields the views are amazing.  On one side is the San Juan Mountains, the other view shows you the West Elk peaks, and in the north is Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world.  But what butts up to our mesa is the Uncompahgre plateau.

Actually the Uncompahgre is more than a plateau it is a mountain range full of cliffs, canyons and mesas 90 miles long.  When the sun is just right you can see this amazing geology so full of mystery and wonder.

Anyway, the wind has some good use, besides bringing the sap up in the trees and bushes.  🙂

As long as there is snow up there we will have wind.


23 thoughts on “Crops

  1. These views are good for your soul. Thanks for sharing them so they’re good for mine, too. 🙂 I SO wished I lived someplace with an expansive view. How a claustrophic mountain girl ended up in a tract housing development on flat land is beyond me.

    Linda, I had to laugh! I KNOW those are sheets hanging on the line (mmmmm-the smell of air dried sheets), but they way they are bunched on the sides, well, they look like giant underpants! Thanks for tickling my funny bone this morning! lol


  2. The old farmer in me can smell it… I mean literally smell it. Smells a person can’t describe with words. You have to have been there…..


  3. The green coming out of the dirt is always cheering. Your corn is looking go0d.

    When we lived in Northern New Mexico I heard the word “Uncompahgre” often along with other unusual (to english speakers) native names. Big wide-open rusty red country.

    On Saturday I gave the radish seeds to the grandkids and they threw them at the row in the dirt. Sunday morning the three year old wanted to go out and see the radish plants. Farming and gardening teach patience.


  4. ahhhh
    I can just smell the fresh sheets (o:
    Great view, nice pics
    so sweet to see the corn just poking it’s head up
    your on the way my friend (o:


  5. I know what you mean about the garden, so , I was able to cut my hours at work and make my garden bigger 😉 I love the hang my cloths out, so, I am glad when the warm weather gets here!


  6. Great photos Linda….I so enjoy when you tell us about the mountains and lands that adjoin your property. The views are stunning for sure.
    Your crops look great and that alfalfa, holy cow, my critters would think they had all died and gone to critter heaven!! Beautiful………..

    Hope you get the warm weather you need very soon 🙂


  7. Well, that is a sight to behold – an actual clothes line in the USA!!!
    In all my trips to the USA, when I did my washing and was staying with friends, the clothes were dried in a drier! The people, I must admit, did live in cities had never heard of an outside clothes line!
    So I would hitch up a line between posts and dry my clothes in the sunlight! I think the people were horrified at this “primitive” approach! In Rochester, Minn. when my sister and her husband lived there in their street on “Pill Hill” their home was the only place with an outside clothes line!

    Many of the homes here in Brisbane are built with underneath spaces for cool air in the summers. In the rainy seasons, clothes are often hung in this area, but all homes appear to have outside rotary clothes hoists. Of course the apartments and high rise only have clothes driers. These people probably have minor heartaches when their electricity account arrives! I know I did when I had a drier a number of years ago and when it “gave up the ghost” – it was NOT replaced.

    I, like Robynn, had a laugh at the “rather large” bloomers! I must note carefully in future my ‘fitted’ sheets when I hang them out next wash to see if they look like yours???? ha ha.

    Great report as usual Linda and good to see the fresh air going through your “bloomer looking white sheets”!!!!!

    Colin (HB)


  8. We took down our clothes line a few years back. Was going to replace it but have yet to do that!! Seeing those sheets getting a good airing out makes me miss one…..

    I cant believe you two have such a huge garden!! Do you do alot of processing/freezing of the produce or does your whole family share in the goodness?


  9. Nothing better than sheets dried on the line! Thanks for the comment about corn liking hot weather. Mine is just barely peaking out and I was starting to worry. It’s been cool and rainy here, so I’m guessing if the sun would just come out, they’d sprout right up :-).


  10. Oh, Linda, as I read this I’m telling Mountain Man we need to move to your area. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth and your planting seasons is way ahead of ours. One half acre of garden is an enormous responsibility and I’m not sure how you’d keep up with that and work. I always love to hear about your life.


  11. That first photo is the image of hope. That last one – well, that’s the way I remember it and no, I never see outside dried sheets anymore. hmmmm. Thinking about where I can string a line.


  12. Love the pic with corn seedlings. We will be planting ours the weekend of Memorial Day… can’t wait!

    Down here on the eastern plains, we can’t hang our clothes outside because of the wind. Everything would be filthy in a few moments. I do hang my clothes (except underwear and socks) on a line in the laundry room. When we get a greenhouse, we’ll hang the wash in there to help with the humidity.

    Love it! Vikki at


  13. So exciting to see the crops coming up! Good for you getting your garden in! I enjoy your photos and can relate to what someone said about the smell. I remember some of those smells on the farm! I also enjoyed the smell of laundry after it dried on the line. Wonderful!!


  14. O miss the smell of fresh sheets off the clothesline. Mine went by the wayside and I miss it…………well maybe not the work of hanging stuff but the smell…….that glorious fresh smell. Hope you get the warm weather you need.


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