The Farm Waking to Spring—-Sunday, March 12, 2017

I finished cleaning and prepping my gardens by the the corrals, which led me to figure out I had better get the corrals back into order, fences and gates in repair, take down the metal fences and store them until next year (for when the cows come).  Clean out the loafing shed and move some things around.

A little squirrel chattered at me, from one of the corral posts;  the call of a Robin sitting high in the Willow tree made a sweet song as I worked.

Terry finished plowing one field and started rolling it.  The soil is just right for plowing, but drying fast.

so the rolling had to occur as soon as he could hook up the roller or the earth would turn into clods.

In the fresh extra edge, of cool air and rising sunshine Saturday morning we finished the last load of the wood. A slight breeze moved restlessly caressing our work heated skin.

It was a lovely feeling. 

Friday and Saturday we kept a steady pace.

Then as the day came to a close, cool mist of the evening rose up to wrap the world in drifting peace…the Red Winged Blackbirds came to feast; filling up their tummies for the long night of rest.

Their songs high and sweet— and full of joy!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

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From First Light Until Way Past Last Light—-Thursday, March 9, 2017

We start early this time of year…Just before First Light

and end way after the sunlight has washed from the sky

Terry has moved from disking into plowing.  (Yes, we still plow.  Terry and I are firm believers of the re-building the soil, with last year’s old stalks.

We don’t burn off the land, nor do we do no-till.  No-till dosen’t work in our area, although it has been tried here. We have tried also—the only part of the farm that is not plowed is last year’s bean ground—and, of course the hay fields, unless they are to be replanted.)

Our books are now done and at the CPA, all my housework is finally caught up—

And I have begun the spring yard work.  Sure is lots of ‘stuff’ to be raked and cleaned and readied for planting next month.

We were so tired last night we fell asleep in our chairs.

Around 4 in the morning I woke–ready to start the day…shish (I’ve moved to daylight saving time in my body) the moon was just about to set.  My window was filled with stars, a sort of hazy luminous cloud mist was starting to wisp across the moon, the black-velvet of the night slowing fading into indigo,

Lifting my heart in gladness.  We are all so lucky…you and I…to be able to live in this amazingly beautiful world.

Later on—after the work started outside—the sun brighten the clouds, in the east calling all to ‘wake-up’  a new day is beginning!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

A Wee Visit in the Middle —Monday, April 6, 2015

Roger, Charlott, TerryA phone call announced that Terry’s brother and Charlotte were in Telluride, Colorado, and would be coming our way by two or so in the afternoon.  They were traveling from Gilbert, Arizona, back to Birmingham, Alabama taking the scenic route.  🙂

They were here a very short time, but we did enjoy them very much.

Today our lives settle back into our regular routines.  I don’t know about you, but I do so enjoy routines.  I always feel like I get a lot done if I have a system.  Otherwise I feel scattered and pulled.

Terry is making ditches and marking out the alfalfa field.  It was fertilized this morning in the pre-dawn, BEFORE the wind starts blowing this afternoon.  We will start the water in that field either this evening or first thing tomorrow morning.

This afternoon I will be working down at the other house in the yard and up here in my yard.  Sure seems to be lots to do this time of year. (But you know something, I’m loving every minute of it! 🙂 )

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

 

Another Good Day– March 13, 2014

Late winter, which is really Spring work for us, is going good.

Terry and I worked on the big canal right by our yard…we are terrified the ditch company will come along and burn our whole house down…they haven’t been very good about controlling the fires they start these last four or five years.  So now we take care of everything even remotely close to our house, barns, corrals and haystack yards.

I don’t really understand the work ethic of many people anymore…my maternal grandfather always told my brother and I: work hard, do a good job, respect the other person, and never take away a man’s (or woman’s)  dignity.    My Daddy always said that the customer is always right, if you want to have a good business you take care of the people who purchase from you.

Somehow, somewhere those things have slid far, far away, from how people think of others and to be truthful–customer, member/users have no respect for the store, company or business anymore either.

It’s all a shame really.

But enough of that—-as we were working away we saw the little grandchildren get off the bus and start hiking home.  Our grandson ran by our lane as fast as his twelve-year-old legs could carry him—the I pad was calling I’m sure.  But the two little girls trudged down our lane to hang out with us as we worked.   They even helped by spraying Grandpa with water.  Of course, he had to spray them back…it was a jolly good time!

Gradually, we got done with that project.   In the house we went to get snacks then Terry and I loaded the girls up on the four-wheelers and took them home—THE LONG WAY!  They had huge smiles when they got off.

On-the-land

Back home Grandpa headed out to start plowing (yes we plow–our land requires the deep plowing to bury the shredding corn stalks so the earth worms can start to work on them.  We do have some acreage we don’t plow, just rip and plant.)

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I’m still working on my trash woodpile.  I hope to get it thoroughly sorted today so chain saw can be applied.  This summer we have to do a better job of not just dumping everything into one heap and actually sorting as we go.  (I hope.  One can dream, I suppose. 🙂 )

Your farm friend,

Linda

 

Spring Work–Water News

So far the water news is still bad…but it hasn’t gotten worse…which is good.

60% of of the farm ground is all that is going to be planted this year, leaving 40% to lay.  There will be less alfalfa hay (to get hay started it takes lots of water, once started you don’t have to water as much, maybe once a month, but in the beginning…) less onions and no very early Olathe and Mountain Sweet Sweet corn…there will be mid-summer sweet corn… hopefully. All other crops have been reduced radically…possibly pinto beans will be planted everyone is waiting to see.  Pinto beans are planted much later in the spring.

This lack of water effects everyone….letters have been sent out to those that live in sub-divisions, or in the town/city proper….if you water with Uncompahgre Valley Water you will NOT have access to the water…there just isn’t any extra.  (In this case) Farms have the priority to the water, and only farms.  If you wish to water your carefully crafted lawn and yards you will not be able to use the ditches, if caught doing so you will be fined.  I’m sure if these people wish to use their city water they will be able too, at this point potable water is not being rationed…

Then there are those who make their living OFF the farmers…their livelihood is now cut by 40%—just like the farmers.

Sure is a sad mess!

BUT  we still have 60%, which is better than less than that so there is hope!

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Terry finished up rolling the plowed ground.

Rolling-2Next he will fertilize, disk that in, and then level the fields, after that he will mark out the rows in preparation for the water to be turned on.

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Then we wait….once the water is on we are tied to the land until the water is turned off.  Irrigation is a constant thing (but is you really want to know a secret—I super enjoy irrigating… I love the smell and the feel and the whole experience.)

So no matter what the farm year is proceeding and so will we!

I am a tad better today, but still not up to going to the Museum for my morning of extreme fun, maybe next week.  ( I say that in all seriousness, for I do so enjoy my time there.)

Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and well wishes!

Linda

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring work has begun….

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Terry has been disking the corn stalks.

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I loved these photos of the spring buds and the spring work.

Still cold here, but warming up, it only got down to 20* last night.

Linda

Fall Maintenance Work

Terry and I spent yesterday switching out the broken gated pipes for new pipes,

putting in new seals in the pipes that needed them.

He also decided that he wanted to not replace the four broken pipe but extend the dirt ditch further into the field.

If he likes this he might (MIGHT) turn the whole ditch into a cement ditch…heavy on the might.  The cost will be high, but the work load (after the ditch is made) lots easier.

Fall Maintenance work just makes spring work that much easier!

Linda

Spring Work

I’ve been waiting for this time of the year ever since we had harvest last year. But….man are we ever busy.  (Not complaining just explaining).

Still I wanted to share with you a couple of shots of the full moon last week-when the moon came up the sun was going down so we had a pink moon.  As the moon was going down the next morning the sun was coming up giving the countryside a beautiful blue haze.

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Nature….isn’t it Grand!!?

Linda

More Spring Work

Ground that was in pinto beans last year does not need to be plowed (in our neck of the high mountain desert).  Therefore, the ripper goes through and opens the field up.

Misty did part and Terry finished it

Everywhere Misty goes…goes Hank (the cowdog)

Back and forth. He is always one tired pup when the day ends.

The apricots are starting to bloom.  I wonder if we will have any this year.  Seems like we get apricots every 5-7 years.  They bloom so early the freezes get them.

I still enjoyed seeing thier lovely bee-feeding blooms poping out.

Linda

Spring Work Has Begun

The first thing (after moving the cows off ) is to start disking

The corn stalks and leaves must be shredded

Terry disks both ways

After that comes plowing

Terry only plows the corn fields.  The bean field is ripped and the alfalfa is marked out

The soil is just perfect right now.  It has just the right amount of moisture so we actually have loam.  Our soil (in this area) has some clay mixed into it, so getting the ground worked up when it is in the loam stage is really nice. 

It doesn’t always happen that way.

Misty is helping farm this year.  Although, I didn’t get her in the tractor she has been there. She spells Terry giving him a break.  She wants to take over the farm when we decide the work load is just too much. 

But back to the loam — Once the soil is plowed it is good to have freezing temperatures at night to help finish drying out the dirt.  Then (which is happening as I write this) Terry (and/or Misty) will go back in with the roller flatting out the plowed clods.

What we do NOT want to happen right now is for it to either rain or snow.  Plowed ground is like a sponge.  If it collects too much water then the farmer has to wait for it to dry out and because of the clay we then get clods.  Not good.  Those nasty lumps of soil stay that way for the rest of the season.

So far the weather is holding, the equipment is staying together, and having more people doing the physical work makes the work load a lot lighter.

Linda